Today is Wednesday, July 6, the 187th day of 2022. There are 178 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight of history:
On July 6, 1944, an estimated 168 people died in a fire that broke out during a performance in the Ringling Bros. main tent. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut.
In 1483, the English king Richard III was crowned in Westminster Abbey.
In 1777, during the American Revolution, British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga (ty-kahn-dur-OH’-gah).
In 1854, the first official meeting of the Republican Party was held in Jackson, Michigan.
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 get rabies.
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In 1933, the first All-Star baseball game was played at Chicago’s Comiskey Park; the American League defeated the National League 4-2.
In 1942, Anne Frank, her parents and sister entered the “secret annex” of an Amsterdam building where they were later joined by four other people; they hid from the Nazi occupiers for two years before being discovered and arrested.
In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom.
In 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black player to win a singles title at Wimbledon when she defeated American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.
In 1988, 167 North Sea oil workers were killed when explosions and fires destroyed a drilling rig.
Pope Francis welcomed 2015 like a hero in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour.
In 2016, Philando Castile, a black elementary school cafeteria worker, was shot and killed by police officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in suburban St. Paul, Falcon Heights. (Yanez was later acquitted of second-degree manslaughter.)
In 2020, the Trump administration officially notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization; President Donald Trump criticized the WHO’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. (The recall was halted by President Joe Biden’s administration.) Amy Cooper, a white woman who called the police during a video of an altercation with a black man in New York’s Central Park, has been charged with filing a false report. (The case would be dismissed after Cooper completes a counseling program.)
Ten years ago: At the 100-nation conference in Paris, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hailed the accelerating wave of defections in President Bashar Assad’s inner circle as the United States and its international allies once again pushed for global sanctions against the Syrian regime. Former neighborhood volunteer George Zimmerman has been released from a Florida prison for a second time while awaiting a second-degree murder trial in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. (Zimmerman was acquitted.)
Five years ago: The maker of the opioid painkiller Opana ER said it would stop selling the drug at the request of the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to curb abuse.
One year ago: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams won the Democratic primary for mayor of New York, defeating a large number in New York’s first major race to use ranked-choice voting. (Adams will be elected mayor in November.) Filmmaker and actor Robert Downey Sr. has died at age 85; he was the father of movie star Robert Downey Jr.
Birthdays today: The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is 87 years old. Singer Gene Chandler is 82 years old. Country singer Jeannie Seely is 82 years old. Actor Burt Ward is 77 years old. Former President George W. Bush is 76. Actor and director Sylvester Stallone is 76 years old. Actor Fred Dryer is 76. Actor Shelley Hack is 75. Actress Nathalie Baye is 74. Actor Geoffrey Rush is 71. Actor Allyce Beasley is 71. Rock musician John Bazz (The Blasters) is 70. Actor Grant Goodeve is 70. Retired MLB All -Star Willie Randolph is 68. Jazz musician Rick Braun is 67. Actor Casey Sander is 67. Country musician John Jorgenson is 66. Former first daughter Susan Ford Bales is 65. Hockey player and coach Ron Duguay (doo-GAY’) is 65 Actor-writer Jennifer Saunders is 64. Rock musician John Keeble (Spandau Ballet) is 63. Actor Pip Torrens is 62. Actor Brian Posehn is 56. Actor Robb Derringer is 55. Political reporter/moderator John Dickerson is 54. Actor Brian Van Holt is 53. Rapper Inspectah Deck (Wu-Tang Clan) is 52. TV host Josh Elliott is 51. Rapper 5 0 Cent is 47. Actors Tia and Tamera Mowry are 44. Comedian-actor Kevin Hart is 43. Actor Eva (EH’ -vuh) Green is 42. Actor Gregory Smith is 39. Rock musician Chris “Woody” Wood (Bastille) is 37. Rock singer Kate Nash is 35 years old. Actor Jeremy Suarez is 32. San Diego Padres infielder Manny Machado is 30. NBA star Zion Williamson is 22.
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