June 7 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1494 Treaty of Tordesillas: Spain and Portugal divide the new world along a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands, off the west coast of Africa

1628 English King Charles I ratifies the Petition of Rights

1654 Louis XIV crowned King of France

1753 British Museum founded by an Act of Parliament with royal assent from King George II (opens in 1759)

1929 Vatican City becomes a sovereign state

1965 The Supreme Court of the United States decides on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples

Today’s Historical Events

555 Vigilius ends his reign as Catholic Pope

1099 1st Crusaders arrive in Jerusalem

1195 Earliest report of ball lighting in London by Benedictine monk Gervase of Christ Church Cathedral Priory, Canterbury, [1]

1340 Rotterdam Netherlands founded

1413 King Ladislaw of Naples occupies Rome

1420 Troops of the Republic of Venice capture Udine, ending the independence of the Patriarchate of Aquileia

1494 Treaty of Tordesillas: Spain and Portugal divide the new world along a meridian 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands, off the west coast of Africa

1520 Field of the Cloth of Gold; meeting begins between English Henry VIII and King Francis I of France at Balinghem, France

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1909 Mary Pickford makes her screen debut at the age of 16

1953 WDAU (now WYOU) TV channel 22 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (CBS) begins

1955 “$64,000 Question” hosted by Hal March, premieres on CBS TV

1965 Sony Corp introduced its home video tape recorder, priced at $995

1969 “Johnny Cash Show” debuts on ABC-TV

1970 22nd Emmy Awards: Marcus Welby, Robert Young & Susan Hampshire win

1975 Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder for sale to the public

1976 NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor & David Brinkley, premieres

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1952 “3 Wishes after Jamie” closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 94 performances

1963 1st Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars) & release 1st single, “Come On”

1964 Beatles travel canals of Amsterdam

1969 Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash combine on a Grand Ole Opry TV special

1969 Tommy James and the Shondells release “Crystal Blue Persuasion”

1969 Supergroup Blind Faith’s debut performance in Hyde Park, London, featuring Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Steve Baler and Rick Grech

1970 The Who’s “Tommy” is performed at NY’s Lincoln Center

1972 Musical “Grease” opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1873 7th Belmont: James Roe aboard Springbok wins in 3:01.75

1881 15th Belmont: T. Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:47

1892 John J. Doyle of Clev Spiders is 1st to pinch hit in a baseball game

1900 British Open Men’s Golf, St Andrews: Englishman J.H. Taylor wins title for 3rd time; beats runner-up Harry Vardon by 8 strokes

1906 Chicago Cubs score 11 runs in 1st inning of 19-0 drubbing of New York Giants off future Baseball Hall of Famers Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity; worst beating in Giants franchise history

1924 56th Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Mad Play wins in 2:18.8

1930 62nd Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:31.6

1932 At 47, Brooklyn pitcher Jack Quinn becomes oldest player in MLB history to record an extra-base hit (double) as the Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs, 9-2

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