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What happened on July 6? There are more than 278 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About July 6

July 6 is the 187th day of the year 2015. There are 178 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 28th week of the year 2015.

On this day in Saint Matthews, South Carolina 29135 sunrise will occur at 11:18 AM and sunset will occur at 01:37 AM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Cancer. The modern birthstone for this month is Ruby while the mystical birthstone is Ruby.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 217 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 8, 2016).

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Historical Events For July 6

  • 371 BC
    The Battle of Leuctra, where Epaminondas defeats Cleombrotus I, takes place.
  • 1044
    The Battle of Ménfő between troops led by Emperor Henry III and Magyar forces led by King Samuel takes place.
  • 1189
    Richard I “the Lionheart” is crowned King of England.
  • 1253
    Mindaugas is crowned King of Lithuania.
  • 1348
    Papal bull of Pope Clement VI protecting the Jews accused to have caused the Black Death.
  • 1415
    Jan Hus is burned at the stake.
  • 1483
    Richard III is crowned King of England.
  • 1484
    Portuguese sea captain Diogo Cão finds the mouth of the Congo River.
  • 1495
    First Italian War: Battle of Fornovo – Charles VIII defeats the Holy League, but ultimately ends his attempted conquest of Italy.
  • 1535
    Sir Thomas More is executed for treason against King Henry VIII of England.
  • 1557
    King Philip II of Spain, consort of Queen Mary I of England, sets out from Dover to war with France, which eventually results in the loss of the City of Calais, the last English possession on the continent, and Mary I never seeing her husband again.
  • 1560
    The Treaty of Edinburgh is signed by Scotland and England.
  • 1573
    Córdoba, Argentina, is founded by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera.
  • 1609
    Bohemia is granted freedom of religion.
  • 1630
    Thirty-Years War: 4,000 Swedish troops under Gustavus Adolphus land in Pomerania, Germany.
  • 1751
    Pope Benedict XIV suppresses the Patriarchate of Aquileia and establishes from its territory the Archdiocese of Udine and Gorizia.
  • 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.
  • 1779
    Battle of Grenada: French victory over British naval forces during the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1785
    The dollar is unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States.
  • 1801
    Battle of Algeciras: the French navy are defeated by the Royal Navy.
  • 1809
    The second day of the Battle of Wagram sees a French victory over the Austrian army in the largest battle yet of the Napoleonic Wars.
  • 1854
    In Jackson, Michigan, the first convention of the United States Republican Party is held.
  • 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.
  • 1892
    Dadabhai Naoroji is elected as the first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain.
  • 1893
    The small town of Pomeroy, Iowa, is nearly destroyed by a tornado that kills 71 people and injures 200.
  • 1905
    Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the second time.
  • 1917
    World War I: Arabian troops led by T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) and Auda ibu Tayi capture Aqaba from the Ottoman Empire during the Arab Revolt.
  • 1919
    The British dirigible R34 lands in New York, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship.
  • 1933
    The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played in Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The American League defeats the National League 4–2.
  • 1936
    A major breach of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal in England sends millions of gallons of water cascading 200 ft into the River Irwell.
  • 1939
    Holocaust: the last remaining Jewish enterprises in Germany are closed.
  • 1942
    Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the “Secret Annexe” above her father’s office in an Amsterdam warehouse.
  • 1944
    Jackie Robinson refuses to move to the back of a bus, leading to a court martial.
  • 1944
    The Hartford Circus Fire, one of America’s worst fire disasters, kills approximately 168 people and injures over 700 in Hartford, Connecticut.
  • 1947
    The AK-47 goes into production in the Soviet Union.
  • 1957
    Althea Gibson wins the Wimbledon championships, becoming the first black athlete to do so.
  • 1957
    John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles are introduced to each other when Lennon’s band the Quarrymen performs at the St. Peter’s Church Hall fête in Woolton.
  • 1962
    As a part of Operation Plowshare, the Sedan nuclear test takes place.
  • 1964
    Malawi declares its independence from the United Kingdom.
  • 1966
    Malawi becomes a republic, with Hastings Banda as its first President.
  • 1967
    Nigerian Civil War: Nigerian forces invade Biafra, beginning the war.
  • 1975
    The Comoros declare independence from France.
  • 1978
    The Taunton sleeping car fire occurs in Taunton, Somerset killing twelve people.
  • 1986
    Davis Phinney became the first American cyclist to win a road stage of the Tour de France.
  • 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.
  • 1989
    The Israeli 405 Bus slaughter in which 14 bus passengers are killed when an Arab assaulted the bus driver as the bus is driving by the edge of a cliff.
  • 1994
    Storm King Mountain, Glenwood Springs, Colorado: South Canyon Fire: 14 firefighters died in the fire.
  • 1997
    The Troubles: Five days of fierce riots and clashes in Irish nationalist districts of Northern Ireland begin.
  • 1998
    Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport is closed and the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok becomes operational.
  • 1999
    U.S. Army private Barry Winchell dies from baseball-bat injuries inflicted in his sleep the previous day by a fellow soldier, Calvin Glover, for his relationship with transgender showgirl and former Navy Corpsman Calpernia Addams.
  • 2003
    The 70-metre Eupatoria Planetary Radar sends a METI message (Cosmic Call 2) to 5 stars: Hip 4872, HD 245409, 55 Cancri (HD 75732), HD 10307 and 47 Ursae Majoris (HD 95128). The messages will arrive to these stars in 2036, 2040, 2044 and 2049 respectively.
  • 2006
    The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years.

Who Were Born On July 6?

  • 1686
    Antoine de Jussieu, French naturalist (d. 1758)
  • 1736
    Daniel Morgan, American battlefield tactician (d. 1802)
  • 1747
    John Paul Jones, American naval commander (d. 1792)
  • 1766
    Alexander Wilson, Scottish-born naturalist (d. 1813)
  • 1781
    Sir Stamford Raffles, British statesman (d. 1826)
  • 1782
    Maria Luisa of Spain, Duchess of Lucca and Queen of Etruria (d. 1824)
  • 1785
    William Jackson Hooker, English botanist (d. 1865)
  • 1789
    Maria Isabella of Spain, Queen consort of the Two Sicilies, wife of Francis I of the Two Sicilies (d. 1846)
  • 1796
    Tsar Nicholas I of Russia (d. 1855)
  • 1817
    Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist (d. 1905)
  • 1818
    Adolf Anderssen, German chess player (d. 1879)
  • 1837
    Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar, Indian scholar (d. 1925)
  • 1838
    Vatroslav Jagić, Croatian Slavic studies scholar (d. 1923)
  • 1859
    Verner von Heidenstam, Swedish poet and novelist, Nobel laureate (d. 1940)
  • 1865
    Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss composer and music educator (d. 1950)
  • 1868
    Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom, member of the British Royal Family (d. 1935)
  • 1878
    Eino Leino, Finnish poet (d. 1926)
  • 1884
    Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, American railroad executive, yachtsman and bridge player, member of the Vanderbilt family (d. 1970)
  • 1885
    Ernst Busch, German field marshal (d. 1945)
  • 1886
    Marc Bloch, French historian (d.1944)
  • 1887
    Annette Kellerman, Australian swimmer (d. 1975)
  • 1897
    Richard Krautheimer, German-American art historian (d.1994)
  • 1898
    Hanns Eisler, German composer (d. 1962)
  • 1900
    Frederica Sagor Maas, American playwright and supercentenarian (d. 2012)
  • 1903
    Hugo Theorell, Swedish biochemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1982)
  • 1904
    Erik Wickberg, Swedish 9th General of the Salvation Army (d. 1996)
  • 1907
    Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter (d. 1954)
  • 1907
    George Stanley, Canadian politician and designer of the flag of Canada (d. 2002)
  • 1912
    Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer (d. 2006)
  • 1914
    Vincent J. McMahon, American wrestling promoter (d. 1984)
  • 1916
    Harold Norse, American writer (d. 2009)
  • 1917
    Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (d. 2004)
  • 1918
    Sebastian Cabot, English actor (d. 1977)
  • 1919
    Ernst Haefliger, Swiss singer (d. 2007)
  • 1921
    Nancy Reagan, First Lady of the United States
  • 1923
    Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish Communist politician, Prime Minister and President of Poland
  • 1925
    Bill Haley, American singer (Bill Haley & His Comets) (d. 1981)
  • 1925
    Gazi Yasargil, Turkish medical scientist and neurosurgeon (d. 1993)
  • 1925
    Merv Griffin, American television show host (d. 2007)
  • 1927
    Alan Freeman, Australian-born British DJ and radio personality (d. 2006)
  • 1927
    Jan Hein Donner, Dutch chess player (d. 1988)
  • 1927
    Janet Leigh, American actress (d. 2004)
  • 1927
    Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (d. 2004)
  • 1927
    Pat Paulsen, American comedian (d. 1997)
  • 1930
    Balamurali Krishna, Indian Carnatic musician, poet and composer.
  • 1931
    Della Reese, American singer and actress
  • 1931
    Jean Campeau, French-Canadian businessman and politician
  • 1933
    Frank Austin, English footballer
  • 1935
    Candy Barr, American stripper and actress (d. 2005)
  • 1935
    Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama and Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • 1936
    Dave Allen, Irish comedian (d. 2005)
  • 1937
    Gene Chandler, American soul singer
  • 1937
    Ned Beatty, American actor
  • 1937
    Vladimir Ashkenazy, Russian-born pianist and conductor
  • 1938
    Luana Patten, American actress (d. 1996)
  • 1939
    Jet Harris, English bassist (The Shadows) (d. 2011)
  • 1939
    Mary Peters, British athlete
  • 1940
    Jeannie Seely, American country music singer
  • 1940
    Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakh politician, 1st President of Kazakhstan
  • 1941
    Reinhard Roder, German football player and manager
  • 1945
    Burt Ward, American actor
  • 1945
    Rodney Matthews, English fantasy artist and illustrator
  • 1946
    Fred Dryer, American football player and actor
  • 1946
    George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States
  • 1946
    Peter Singer, Australian philosopher
  • 1946
    Sylvester Stallone, American actor
  • 1947
    Lance Clemons, American baseball player (d. 2008)
  • 1947
    Richard Beckinsale, English actor (d. 1979)
  • 1948
    Brad Park, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1948
    Jean-Pierre Blackburn, French-Canadian politician
  • 1948
    Nathalie Baye, French actress
  • 1948
    Tom Curley, American media executive
  • 1949
    Phyllis Hyman, American soul singer and actress (d. 1995)
  • 1950
    Hélène Scherrer, Canadian politician
  • 1950
    John Byrne, American comic book author and artist
  • 1951
    Geoffrey Rush, Australian actor
  • 1952
    Grant Goodeve, American actor
  • 1953
    Nanci Griffith, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1954
    Allyce Beasley, American actress
  • 1954
    Willie Randolph, American baseball player
  • 1955
    Frank Sontag, American radio personality
  • 1955
    William Wall, Irish writer
  • 1956
    Casey Sander, American actor
  • 1957
    Ron Duguay, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1958
    Jennifer Saunders, English actress, comedienne and screenwriter
  • 1959
    Richard Dacoury, French basketball player
  • 1960
    Asahifuji Seiya, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 63rd Yokozuna
  • 1960
    Maria Wasiak, Polish CEO of Polish State Railways
  • 1961
    Rick Price, Australian singer-songwriter
  • 1961
    Robin Antin, American reality television personality and model
  • 1963
    Lance Johnson, American baseball player
  • 1963
    Todd Burns, American baseball player
  • 1964
    Cristina D'Avena, Italian singer and actress
  • 1966
    Brian Posehn, American actor
  • 1967
    Heather Nova, Bermudian singer-songwriter
  • 1967
    James Hannon, American filmmaker
  • 1967
    Omar Olivares, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1968
    Gaspare Manos, Italian painter and sculptor
  • 1969
    Brian Van Holt, American actor
  • 1969
    Fernando Redondo, Argentine footballer
  • 1970
    Inspectah Deck, American rapper
  • 1971
    Kenya D. Williamson, American actress
  • 1972
    Greg Norton, American baseball player
  • 1972
    Isabelle Boulay, French-Canadian singer
  • 1972
    Mark Gasser, British pianist
  • 1974
    Babi Xavier, Brazilian presenter and actress
  • 1974
    Zé Roberto, Brazilian footballer
  • 1975
    50 Cent, American rapper
  • 1975
    Amir-Abbas Fakhravar, Iranian journalist and activist
  • 1975
    Sebastián Rulli, Argentine actor
  • 1977
    Con Blatsis, Australian footballer
  • 1977
    Craig Handley, Welsh film director
  • 1977
    Makhaya Ntini, South African cricketer
  • 1978
    Kevin Senio, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1978
    Tamera Mowry, American actress
  • 1978
    Tia Mowry, American actress
  • 1979
    Nic Cester, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Jet)
  • 1980
    Joell Ortiz, American hip hop artist
  • 1980
    Kenny Deuchar, Scottish Footballer and Doctor
  • 1980
    Pau Gasol, Spanish basketball player
  • 1981
    Nnamdi Asomugha, American football player
  • 1982
    Brandon Jacobs, American football player
  • 1983
    Gregory Smith, Canadian actor
  • 1984
    Lauren Harris, British rock singer
  • 1986
    Derrick Williams, American football player
  • 1986
    Sarah Gronert, German tennis player
  • 1987
    Caroline Trentini, Brazilian model
  • 1987
    Kate Nash, English singer-songwriter
  • 1987
    Matt O'Leary, American actor
  • 1988
    Kevin Fickentscher, Swiss footballer
  • 1990
    Ajoo, South Korean singer
  • 1990
    Jamal Idris, Australian Rugby League player
  • 1990
    Jeremy Suarez, American actor
  • 1993
    Jeremiah Godby, American ultramarathon runner
  • 1994
    Camilla Rosso, English actress
  • 1994
    Rebecca Rosso, English actress

Who Died On July 6?

  • 918
    William I, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 875)
  • 966
    Berengar II, King of Italy (b. 900)
  • 1017
    Genshin, Japanese Tendai scholar (b. 942)
  • 1189
    King Henry II of England (b. 1133)
  • 1218
    Eudes III, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1166)
  • 1249
    King Alexander II of Scotland (b. 1198)
  • 1415
    Jan Hus, Bohemian religious reformer (b. 1369)
  • 1476
    Regiomontanus, German astronomer (b. 1436)
  • 1480
    Antonio Squarcialupi, Italian composer (b. 1416)
  • 1533
    Ludovico Ariosto, Italian poet (b. 1474)
  • 1535
    Sir Thomas More, English philosopher (b. 1478)
  • 1553
    King Edward VI of England (b. 1537)
  • 1583
    Edmund Grindal, English Archbishop of Canterbury (b. c. 1519)
  • 1585
    Thomas Aufield, English priest and Catholic martyr (b. 1552)
  • 1684
    Peter Gunning, English royalist churchman (b. 1614)
  • 1758
    George Howe, 3rd Viscount Howe, British general (b. c. 1725)
  • 1762
    Tsar Peter III of Russia (b. 1728)
  • 1768
    Conrad Beissel, German-born religious leader (b. 1690)
  • 1802
    Daniel Morgan, American Revolutionary general and politician (b. 1736)
  • 1809
    Antoine Charles Louis Lasalle, French cavalry general (b. 1775)
  • 1813
    Granville Sharp, British abolitionist (b. 1735)
  • 1835
    John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1755)
  • 1854
    Georg Ohm, German physicist (b. 1789)
  • 1863
    Ernst Merck, German businessman and politician (d. 1811)
  • 1868
    Sanosuke Harada, Japanese Shinsengumi Captain (b. 1840)
  • 1883
    Ciprian Porumbescu, Romanian composer (b. 1853)
  • 1893
    Guy de Maupassant, French author (b. 1850)
  • 1901
    Prince Chlodwig zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1819)
  • 1902
    Maria Goretti, Italian saint (b. 1890)
  • 1904
    Abai Qunanbaiuli, Kazakh poet (b. 1845)
  • 1907
    August Johann Gottfried Bielenstein, German linguist and theologian (b. 1826)
  • 1916
    Odilon Redon, French painter (b. 1840)
  • 1922
    Maria Theresa Ledochowska, Polish-Austrian Catholic nun (b. 1863)
  • 1932
    Kenneth Grahame, English author (b. 1859)
  • 1934
    Nestor Ivanovich Makhno, Ukrainian anarchist (b. 1888)
  • 1950
    Fats Navarro, American jazz trumpetist (b. 1923)
  • 1952
    Gertrud Wolle, German actress (b. 1891)
  • 1952
    Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, Canadian politician (b. 1867)
  • 1959
    George Grosz, German painter (b. 1893)
  • 1960
    Aneurin Bevan, British politician (b. 1897)
  • 1961
    Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio) (b. 1936)
  • 1961
    Woodall Rodgers, American politician (b. 1890)
  • 1962
    Archduke Joseph August of Austria, Austrian field marshal (b. 1872)
  • 1962
    William Faulkner, American writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1897)
  • 1963
    Georg, Duke of Mecklenburg, Russian-born head of the House of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1899)
  • 1964
    Claude V. Ricketts, United States naval admiral (b. 1906)
  • 1966
    Sad Sam Jones, American baseball player (b. 1892)
  • 1968
    Johnny Indrisano, American boxer and actor (b. 1906)
  • 1971
    Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1901)
  • 1972
    Brandon De Wilde, American actor (b. 1942)
  • 1973
    Otto Klemperer, German conductor (b. 1885)
  • 1975
    Otto Skorzeny, WWII German SS commando (b. 1908)
  • 1976
    Fritz Lenz, German geneticist (b. 1887)
  • 1976
    Zhu De, Chinese Communist military leader and statesman (b. 1886)
  • 1977
    Ödön Pártos, Hungarian-Israeli violist and composer (b. 1907)
  • 1979
    Van McCoy, American music producer, musician, songwriter and orchestra leader (b. 1940)
  • 1982
    Bob Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1905)
  • 1986
    Jagjivan Ram, Indian politician (b. 1908)
  • 1989
    János Kádár, Hungarian politician (b. 1912)
  • 1991
    Muda Lawal, Nigerian footballer (b. 1954)
  • 1994
    Cameron Mitchell, American actor (b. 1918)
  • 1994
    Geoff McQueen, British television screenwriter (b. 1947)
  • 1995
    Aziz Nesin, Turkish humorist and author (b. 1915)
  • 1996
    Kathy Ahern, American golfer (b. 1949)
  • 1998
    Roy Rogers, American actor (b. 1911)
  • 1999
    Barry Winchell, American soldier (b. 1977)
  • 1999
    Carl Gunter Jr, American politician (b. 1938)
  • 1999
    Gary M. Heidnik, American convicted rapist, murderer, and torturer (executed) (b. 1943)
  • 1999
    Joaquin Rodrigo, Spanish composer (b. 1901)
  • 2000
    Władysław Szpilman, Polish pianist and memoir writer (b. 1911)
  • 2002
    Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (b. 1932)
  • 2002
    John Frankenheimer, American film director (b. 1930)
  • 2003
    Buddy Ebsen, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 2004
    Syreeta Wright, American singer (b. 1946)
  • 2004
    Thomas Klestil, Austrian politician, 10th President of Austria (b. 1932)
  • 2005
    Bruno Augenstein, German-born mathematician (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    Claude Simon, French writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1913)
  • 2005
    Evan Hunter, American novelist (b. 1926)
  • 2005
    L. Patrick Gray III, American FBI director (b. 1916)
  • 2005
    Richard Verreau, Canadian tenor (b. 1926)
  • 2006
    Kasey Rogers, American actress (b. 1926)
  • 2006
    Tom Weir, Scottish climber, author and broadcaster (b. 1914)
  • 2007
    Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, American novelist (b.1939)
  • 2008
    Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • 2009
    Johnny Collins, British folk and maritime music singer (b. 1938)
  • 2009
    Leo Mol, Ukrainian Canadian artist and sculptor (b. 1915)
  • 2009
    Robert McNamara, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1916)
  • 2009
    Vasily Aksyonov, Russian writer (b. 1932)
  • 2010
    Tilly Armstrong (alias Tania Langley and Kate Alexander), British writer (b. 1927)


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