Today in History - August 6

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Friday, Aug 6 2010 by

1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.

Auburn Correctional Facility (StreetView)
Auburn Correctional Facility

1914 – World War I: First Battle of the Atlantic – two days after the United Kingdom had declared war on Germany over the German invasion of Belgium, ten German U-boats leave their base in Helgoland to attack Royal Navy warships in the North Sea.

Heligoland (Google Maps)