July 6 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1348 Papal bull of Pope Clement VI issued during the Black Death stating Jews not to blame and urging their protection

1785 US Congress unanimously resolves the name of US currency to the “dollar” and adopts decimal coinage

1885 Louis Pasteur successfully give an anti-rabies vaccine to 9-year-old Joseph Meister, saving his life

1923 The Central Executive Committee accepts the Treaty of Union, signed in Moscow in December 1922, and the Russian Empire becomes the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

1967 Nigerian Civil War erupts as Nigerian forces invade the secessionist state of Biafra

1970 California passes 1st “no fault” divorce law

Today’s Historical Events

1016 Battle of Pontlevoy: one of largest battles of early Medieval France won by Fulk the Black and Hebert I of Maine again Odo II of Blois in the Loire Valley

1044 The Battle of Ménfő takes place in Hungary, won by a German force led by Peter Orseolo over Hungarians

1189 Richard the Lionheart is crowned King of England, upon the death of King Henry II

1253 Mindaugas is crowned King of Lithuania

1348 Papal bull of Pope Clement VI issued during the Black Death stating Jews not to blame and urging their protection

1415 Bohemian religious reformer Jan Hus is burned at the stake in Constance, Germany

1483 Richard III is crowned King of England after deposing Edward V

1484 Portuguese sea captain Diogo Cão finds the mouth of the Congo River

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1933 “Nertsery Rhymes” short film starring Ted Healy and His Stooges premieres, one of the first film appearance of The Three Stooges

1945 Abbott and Costello‘s film “The Naughty Nineties” released; features longest version of their “Who’s on First?” routine

1954 KMOS TV channel 6 in Sedalia-Warrensburg, MO (PBS) begins broadcasting

1959 WENH TV channel 11 in Durham, NH (PBS) begins broadcasting

1969 Filming begins on “Ned Kelly” starring Mick Jagger

1990 “Jetsons the Movie” by Hanna-Barbera with Tiffany Darwish, premieres

1994 “Forrest Gump”, directed by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom HanksRobin Wright, and Gary Sinise, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1995)

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1946 “St Louis Woman” closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 113 performances

1957 John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon’s rock group Quarrymen perform at St. Peter’s, Woolton’s Parish Church in Liverpool

1964 The Beatles’ film “Hard Day’s Night” premieres in London

1965 Rock group “Jefferson Airplane” forms

1975 Dmitri Shostakovich completes Sonate for alto opus 147

1997 “Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical” closes at Royale NYC after 109 performances

2005 Live 8 concert at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland; performers include Wet Wet Wet, Annie Lennox, James Brown, the Corrs, and The Proclaimers

2010 Brandon Boyd announces the release of his debut solo album, “The Wild Trapeze”

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1887 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lottie Dod becomes youngest ever Wimbledon champion (15 years, 285 days); defending champion beats Blanche Bingley 6-2, 6-0

1889 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats Lena Rice 4-6, 8-6, 6-4

1907 Tom Reece takes 5 weeks to compile the highest recorded billiards break in a match (499,135) in London, his ‘cradle’ cannon method is soon banned

1912 V Summer (Modern) Olympic Games officially open Stockholm, Sweden; events conducted prior to the ceremony dating back to 5 May

1920 New York Yankees score MLB record 14 runs in 5th inning of a 17-0 rout of Washington Senators

1923 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats Kitty McKane 6-2, 6-2 for her 5th straight Wimbledon singles title

1928 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In an all-French final René Lacoste beats defending champion Henri Cochet 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

1929 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Henri Cochet beats fellow Frenchman Jean Borotra 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 for his 2nd Wimbledon singles crown