August 6 is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years), with 147 days remaining.
- 1832 – Lincoln loses the election for the Illinois General Assembly. The local village store Lincoln works in goes out of business. Lincoln and his partner, William Berry, purchase a general store in New Salem.
- 1838 – Lincoln is re-elected to the Illinois General Assembly.
- 1861 – Lincoln passes The First Confiscation Act which frees the slaves that were used by the Confederates in the Civil War
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