Today is Sunday, July 6, the 187th day of 2014. There are 178 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1483: England’s King Richard III is crowned in Westminster Abbey.
1535: Sir Thomas More is executed in England for high treason.
1777: During the American Revolution, British forces capture Fort Ticonderoga.
1854: The first official meeting of the Republican Party takes place in Jackson, Mich.
1917: During World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence and Auda Abu Tayi capture the port of Aqaba from the Turks.
1933: The first All-Star baseball game is played at Chicago’s Comiskey Park; American League defeats the National League, 4-2.
1944: An estimated 168 people die in a fire that breaks out during a performance in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Conn. (Among the survivors was future actor Charles Nelson Reilly, then age 13.)
1957: Althea Gibson becomes the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeats fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.
1964: The movie “A Hard Day’s Night,” starring The Beatles, has its world premiere in London.
1971: Jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong dies in New York at age 69.
1988: Some 167 North Sea oil workers are killed when explosions and fires destroy a drilling platform.
1989: The U.S. Army destroys its last Pershing 1A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, Texas, under terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
1994: Fourteen fire- fighters are killed while battling a several-days-old blaze on Storm King Mountain in Colorado.
2004: Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry chooses former rival John Edwards to be his running mate.
2009: Robert McNamara, the Pentagon chief who’d directed the escalation of the Vietnam War despite private doubts, dies in Washington, D.C., at 93.
1989: Liberty Township police and a state game warden shoot and kill a 1-year-old North American black bear that had been roaming along Interstate 80 east of Belmont Avenue after efforts to tranquilize the bear failed.
Boardman Township residents opposed to the drilling of oil and gas wells in the township say they may launch a drive to put a ban on the November ballot after Boardman trustees say they can only regulate drilling, not ban it completely.
Mahoning County Engineer William Fergus says roads that have suffered extensive damage from heavy rains will be among 85 miles of road scheduled for repair and resurfacing in the county.
1974: The Rev. Lonnie Simon, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church, and Willie Oliver, chairman of the Model Cities South Side Planning Council, are acquitted by Municipal Judge Lloyd R. Haynes on charges of disturbance and abusing a police officer arising from a disturbance at a South High football game in 1972.
Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., the nation’s second largest steel pipe maker, is modernizing its electric metallic tubing mill at Struthers and is studying modernizing its old and long-idle Brier Hill electric weld and tube mill.
1964: Five people ranging in age from 11 to 66 years old die in an explosion and fire at a home near Jefferson in Ashtabula County.
Fred Steitz, 53, of Risher Road jumps from his boat into Lake Milton to rescue Joseph Peterson, 10, of Cortland who went under while swimming in Miller’s Bay near Route 18.
With the decline of TB cases in recent years, Mahoning County commissioners are considering using the Mahoning Tuberculosis Sanatorium for the housing of indigent chronic disease cases requiring hospitalization rather than pay $27.50 per day for each such patient in one of Youngstown’s hospitals.
1939: Ernest Zippay of Phalanx Station, Trumbull County, is in Riverside Hospital, Warren, after suffering a possible fracture of small bones in his neck while diving into shallow water in West Farmington.
Construction of Youngs-town’s $2.8 million municipal airport shifts into high gear with nearly 3,000 WPA workers going on a three-shift, 24-hour schedule.
More than 200 youngsters and adults jam the third floor of City Hall to purchase bicycle licenses on the first day of the sale of 1939 licenses. More than 4,500 tags were sold in 1938 at 50 cents each; the cost has been reduced to 25 cents.