July 6 Historic Events, Births, Deaths-50 Cent, Louis Armstrong, William Faulkner, AK-47

July 6, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Events

371 BC – The Battle of Leuctra, where Epaminondas defeats Cleombrotus I, takes place.

1189 – Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) is crowned King of England.

1535 – Sir Thomas More is executed for treason against King Henry VIII.

1560 – The Treaty of Edinburgh is signed by Scotland and England.

1630 – Thirty-Years War: 4,000 Swedish troops under Gustavus Adolphus land in Pomerania, Germany.

1777 – American Revolutionary War: Siege of Fort Ticonderoga: After a bombardment by British artillery under General John Burgoyne, American forces retreat from Fort Ticonderoga, New York.

1785 – The dollar is unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States.

1885 – Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies. The patient is Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog.

1887 – David Kalakaua, monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, is forced at gunpoint, at the hands of the Americans, to sign the Bayonet Constitution giving Americans more power in Hawaii while stripping Hawaiian citizens of their rights.

1892 – 3,800 striking steelworkers engage in a day-long battle with Pinkerton agents during the Homestead Strike, leaving 10 dead and dozens wounded.

1919 – The British dirigible R34 lands in New York, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship.

1947 – The AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union.

1988 – The Piper Alpha drilling platform in the North Sea is destroyed by explosions and fires. 167 oil workers are killed, making it the world’s worst offshore oil disaster.

1998 – Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational.

Notable Births

1747 – John Paul Jones, American naval commander (d. 1792)

1796 – Tsar Nicholas I of Russia (d. 1855)

1817 – Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist (d. 1905)

1859 – Verner von Heidenstam, Nobel laureate (d. 1940)

1912 – Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer (d. 2006)

1921 – Nancy Reagan, First Lady of the United States

1925 – Merv Griffin, American television show host (d. 2007)

1946 – Sylvester Stallone, American actor

1975 – 50 Cent, American rapper

1987 – Caroline Trentini, Brazilian model

Notable Deaths

1535 – Sir Thomas More, English philosopher (b. 1478)

1854 – Georg Ohm, German physicist (b. 1789)

1962 – William Faulkner, American writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1897)

1971 – Louis Armstrong, American musician (b. 1901)

1999 – Gary M. Heidnik, Executed American rapist, murderer, and torturer

2005 – Claude Simon, French writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1913)

2006 – Tom Weir, Scottish climber, author and broadcaster (b. 1914)

2006 – Billy Preston, African American Musician; The Man

Holidays and observances

Birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama (Tibet)

Day of the Capital, established in 2008. (Kazakhstan)

Independence Day, celebrates the independence of the Comoros from France in 1975.

Independence Day/Republic Day, celebrates the independence of Malawi from United Kingdom in 1964.

The earliest date for summer solstice in Julian calendar system, which corresponds to June 23:

The first night of Ivan Kupala Day (Poland, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine)

The first day of Ludi Apollinares, games in honor of Apollo. (Roman Empire)

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