Today is Tuesday, July 6th, the 187th day of the year 2021. There are still 178 days in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On July 6, 1854, the first official meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan.
In 1777, during the American Revolution, British troops captured Fort Ticonderoga (ty-kahn-dur-OH’-gah).
In 1885, French scientist Louis Pasteur tested a rabies vaccine on 9-year-old Joseph Meister who had been bitten by an infected dog; the boy did not develop rabies.
In 1917, during the First World War, Arab troops led by TE Lawrence and Auda Abu Tayi captured the port of Aqaba (AH’-kah-buh) from the Ottoman Turks.
In 1933, the first all-star baseball game was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago; the American League defeated the National League 4-2.
In 1942 Anne Frank, her parents and her sister entered a “secret outbuilding” in a building in Amsterdam, where they were later joined by four other people; They hid from Nazi occupiers for two years before they were discovered and arrested.
In 1944, an estimated 168 people died in a fire that broke out during a performance in the main tent of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut.
In 1957, the Harry S. Truman Library, the first presidential library in the country, was inaugurated in Independence, Missouri.
In 1971, jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong died in New York at the age of 69.
In 1988, 167 oil workers were killed in the North Sea when explosions and fires destroyed a drilling platform.
In 2005, the New York Times reporter Judith Miller was jailed after she refused to testify before a grand jury investigating the leak of the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame (Miller was jailed 85 days before he agreed to testify).
In 2015, Pope Francis was welcomed as a hero in Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, when he celebrated the first public mass of his South American tour.
Ten years ago: The jury selection began in the perjury trial of former baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, who was accused of lying under oath to Congress when he denied any use of performance-enhancing drugs during his career (the trial ended abruptly in a failed trial; Clemens was later acquitted in the retrial).
Five years ago: President Barack Obama abandoned plans to halve the American armed forces in Afghanistan before stepping down. The double amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in a South African prison for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (An appeals court would increase this sentence to 13 years.) Philando Castile, a black canteen worker in an elementary school, was killed by Officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul. (Yanez was later acquitted of second degree manslaughter.) Former Fox News Channel host Gretchen Carlson sued network chief Roger Ailes, alleging she was released after refusing his sexual advances and complaining about workplace harassment. Ailes’ allegations denied. (Carlson later settled her lawsuit for $ 20 million.) The augmented reality game Pokemon Go made its debut in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
A year ago: The Trump administration formally notified the United Nations that it was leaving the World Health Organization; President Donald Trump had criticized the WHO’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. (The withdrawal was halted by President Joe Biden’s administration.) Georgia Governor Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and cleared the activation of up to 1,000 National Guard soldiers after five people were killed at gunpoint in Atlanta over a weekend; Victims included an 8-year-old girl who was killed when she drove in a car near a Wendy’s that was burned after a black man was shot and killed by a white police officer in the restaurant parking lot in June. Amy Cooper, the white woman who called the police during a taped argument with a black man in New York’s Central Park, was charged with filing a hoax. (The case closed after Cooper completed a counseling program.) Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels, a singer, guitarist, and violinist who had a hit with “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” died in Tennessee at the age of 83 Patrick Mahomes said the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback agreed to a 10-year contract extension valued at up to $ 503 million, making the Super Bowl MVP the richest sports contract ever. The Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who created the theme for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, died at the age of 91.
Today’s birthdays: The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is 86. Singer Gene Chandler is 81. Country singer Jeannie Seely is 81. Actor Burt Ward is 76. Former President George W. Bush is 75. Actor and director Sylvester Stallone is 75. Actor Fred Dryer is 75. Actor Shelley Hack is 74. Actor Nathalie Baye is 73. Actor Geoffrey Rush is 70. Actor Allyce Beasley is 70. Rock musician John Bazz (The Blasters) is 69. Actor Grant Goodeve is 69. Country singer Nanci Griffith is 68. Retired MLB all-star Willie Randolph is 67. Jazz musician Rick Braun is 66. Actor Casey Sander is 66. Country musician John Jorgenson is 65. Former first daughter Susan Ford Bales is 64th hockey player and trainer Ron Duguay (doo-GAY ‘) is 64. Actor-writer Jennifer Saunders is 63. Rock musician John Keeble (Spandau Ballet) is 62. Actor Pip Torrens is 61. Actor Brian Posehn is 55. Actor R obb Derringer is 54. Political reporter / presenter John Dickerson is 53. Actor Brian Van Holt is 52. Rapper Inspectah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan) is 51. TV presenter Josh Elliott is 50. Rapper 50 Cent is 46. Actor Tia and Tamera Mowry are 43. Comedian actor Kevin Hart is 42. Actress Eva (EH’-vuh) Green is 41. Actor Gregory Smith is 38. Rock musician Chris “Woody” Wood (Bastille) is 36. Rock singer Kate Nash is 34th actor Jeremy Suarez is 31st San Diego Padres infielder Manny Machado is 29th NBA star Zion Williamson is 21.