6th July

Born on this day 6th July
1915 Laverne Andrews
1921 Nancy Davis Reagan
1926 Bill Haley
1927 Janet Leigh
1935 Dalai Lama
1936 Dave Allen
1946 Burt Ward
1946 George Walker Bush
1946 Sylvester Stallone
1950 Geraldine James
1954 Nanci Griffiths
1958 Jennifer Saunders
1972 Mark Gasser
1977 Craig Handley
1984 Lauren Harris
1987 Kate Nash
1994 Rebecca Rosso and Camilla Rosso

Music

1954 Local singer Elvis Presley recorded his first single ‘That’s All Right Mama’ for the small Sun label in Memphis, but it fails to reach any national charts.

1957 John Lennon and Paul Mcartney met for the first time at a church garden fete.

1973 ‘Keep Yourself Alive’, Queen’s first single was released in the UK.

Sport

1983 In the semi-finals of the Benson & Hedges Championship, Middlesex beat Lancashire by 6 wickets and essex beat Kent by 9 wickets.

1997 A display of ‘sustained briiliance’ swept Pete Sampras to his fourth Wimbledon men’s single victory in 5 years.

People & Showbiz

1189 Richard the 1st (Richard the Lionheart) is crowned King of England.

1483 Richard III 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.

1942 Anne Frank, aged 13 and her family went into hiding from the Nazis with 4 others in the ‘Secret Annex’ at 263 Prinsengracht, Amsterdam .

1994 ‘Forrest Gump’ starring Tom Hanks was released in the movie theatres in USA.

General Events

1952 London’s last tram made its final journey, from Woolwich to New Cross, watched by thousands of Londoners.

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.

1992 The men-only Garrick Club at Covent Club voted by a huge majority to keep out women.

1995 2 British pilots escaped unhurt after a freefall parachutist plunged thgrough a cloud bank and hit their glider at about 3,000 ft before falling to his death above the French Alps.

2006 The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years.

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