Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia express concerns whilst Peru supports a planned accord by Colombian President Álvaro Uribe to allow United States troops to use several bases. Venezuela announces trade measures against Colombia. //news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8186767.stm (BBC)
Florida is set to begin paying in fees to pilot/database guru and alleged former drug smuggler turned government informant Hank Asher in payment for his Matrix system, a rapidly searchable database combining existing police records and several large commercially available computer databases. Civil libertarians are outraged at the system, claiming it is Orwellian and reminiscent of the Federal Total Information Awareness program. The United States Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security are providing funds to expand Matrix coverage to the entire country. //www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A21872-2003Aug5.html//www.cato.org/dispatch/08-06-03d.html//www.local6.com/news/2384241/detail.html
Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt is convicted in the Republic of Ireland's Special Criminal Court of two terrorist offences, directing terrorism and membership of an illegal organisation. One of the key witnesses was David Rupert, an FBI agent who posed as a member of the Real IRA to get close to McKevitt. The three judges of the SCC will sentence McKevitt later. //www.rte.ie/news/2003/0806/mckevittm.html
August 7 – Tompkins Square Park Police Riot in New York City: A riot erupts in Tompkins Square Park when police attempt to enforce a newly passed curfew for the park. Bystanders, artists, residents, homeless people and political activists are caught up in the police action that takes place during the night of August 6 and into the early morning of August 7.
Former UK Postmaster General John Stonehouse is sentenced to 7 years' jail for fraud, theft and forgery.
Friday, August 6, 1971
A lunar eclipse lasting 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 4 seconds is observed.
Sunday, August 6, 1967
A general strike in the old quarter of Jerusalem protests Israel's unification of the city.
A pulsar is noted by Jocelyn Bell and Antony Hewish. The discovery is first recorded in print in 1968: An entirely novel kind of star came to light on "Aug. 6 last year" .... The date of the discovery is not recorded.
Emilie Dionne, one of the Dionne Quintuplets, dies of asphyxiation following an epileptic seizure at Sainte Agathe, Quebec. She was the first of the five to perish, and three of them lived into the 21st Century.
Sunday, August 6, 1950
Monarchist demonstrations lead to a riot in Brussels.
Monday, August 6, 1945
WWII: Atomic bombing of Hiroshima: A United States B-29 Superfortress, the Enola Gay, drops an atomic bomb, codenamed Little Boy, on Hiroshima, Japan, at 8:15 a.m. (local time).