Today is Friday, July 6, the 187th day of 2018. There are 178 days left in the year.
On this date in:
1535: Sir Thomas More is executed in England for high treason.
1777: During the American Revolution, British forces capture Fort Ticonderoga.
1885: French scientist Louis Pasteur tests an anti-rabies vaccine on 9-year-old Joseph Meister, who had been bitten by an infected dog; the boy did not develop rabies.
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.
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.
Sixteen-year-old John Lennon first meets 15-year-old Paul McCartney when Lennon’s band, the Quarrymen skiffle group, performs a gig at St. Peter’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool.
1964: The movie “A Hard Day’s Night,” starring The Beatles, had its world premiere in London.
1971: Jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong dies in New York at age 69.
1988: 167 North Sea oil workers were killed when explosions and fires destroyed a drilling platform. Medical waste and other debris began washing up on New York City-area seashores, forcing the closing of several popular beaches.
1997: The rover Sojourner rolls down a ramp from the Mars Pathfinder lander onto the Martian landscape to begin inspecting the soil and rocks of the red planet.
2013: A runaway train carrying crude oil derails in eastern Quebec, igniting fires and explosions that destroy much of the town of Lac-Megantic and killing 47 people.
2017: The maker of opioid painkiller Opana ER says it will stop selling the drug at the request of the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to curb opiate abuse.
1993: Trumbull County Commissioner Arthur Magee says he wants an outside agency – not the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Department – to investigate allegations of misconduct levied against County Engineer James Fiorenzo.
Employees of Manor West Nursing Home on Canfield-Niles Road vote 53-12 in favor of joining the Service Employees International Union in an election overseen by the National Labor Relations Board.
Joseph M. Petrillo, 79, co-owner with his brother, Angelo, of the Boulevard Tavern for 50 years, dies after surgery in Cleveland.
1978: Police and state agents block the reopening of a bingo parlor at the Northside Hall, 1815 Belmont Ave. About 100 people were turned away.
Richard Clowers, 27, of West Farmington is charged with three counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. William Brainard and their granddaughter at a Gustavus Township home.
Cindy Nastasi, 20, is crowned Miss Niles 1978 by Peggy King, Miss Niles 977, in the concluding event of the Niles Fourth of July Festival.
1968: A 5-year-old child playing with matches ignited clothing hanging in the basement, causing $6,000 damage at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aristidis Papadopoulos, while they were at work at their restaurant.
Two young bandits dressed in bright red and green pants escape with more than $1,000 from the Sparkle Food Market on Glenwood Avenue.
1943: Elizabeth Crawford, who was in charge of home service for soldiers of World War II for the Mahoning County Chapter of the American Red Cross, is named its executive secretary.
Youngstown had one of its quietest and safest Fourth of July celebrations with not a single fireworks casualty reported.