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Events - July 6
1699 - Pirate Captain William Kidd was captured in Boston, MA and deported back to England.

1858 - The shoe manufacturing machine was patented by Lyman Blake of Abington, MA.

1885 - Louis Pasteur, famous for discovering the pasteurization process, made history by accomplishing the first effective antirabies inoculation (on a boy bitten by an infected dog).

1905 - John Walker’s fingerprints were the first ones to be exchanged by police officials in Europe and America. Law enforcement units in London and St. Louis, MO completed the exchange.

1912 - Jim Thorpe gained fame as the world’s greatest athlete when the Olympic Games opened in Stockholm, Sweden. Thorpe, a full-blooded Indian, was known as Bright Path, his given Indian name. When the King of Sweden called Thorpe “the greatest athlete in the world,” Thorpe replied by saying, “Thanks, King.”

1919 - The British dirigible R34 landed (or was hauled in, as they say) at Roosevelt Field, Long Island, NY. It was the first airship to cross the Atlantic. The 600-foot-long airship, piloted by Royal Air Force Cmdr. G.H. Scott with a crew of 30, reached a top speed of 62 mph during the 108-hour trip from Scotland.

1928 - The New York Strand Theatre was the scene of a sneak, midnight preview of the film, "The Lights of New York". The Warner Bros. film was the first talkie (a talking motion picture). The film’s transitions were still a little bumpy, so 24 titles were used to explain them. The 6,000 feet of film in "Lights of New York" told a gangster tale and introduced the phrase, “Take him for a ride.”

1932 - U.S. Postage rates went from two cents to three cents for first-class mail.

1933 - Baseball’s best gathered together at Comiskey Park in Chicago, IL for the first All-Star Game. The American League won by a 4-2 score as Babe Ruth connected for the first home run in All-Star history. Comiskey Park was filled with 47,595 fans who saw the game.

1937 - The big band classic, "Sing, Sing, Sing" was recorded by Benny Goodman and his band. Sitting in on this famous Victor Records session was Gene Krupa, Ziggy Elman and Harry James.

1943 - Judy Canova, the ‘Queen of the Hillbillies’, began a weekly comedy show on CBS radio.

1947 - A hidden microphone eavesdropped on unsuspecting people for the first time, as "Candid Microphone" hit the airwaves. Allen Funt was the host of the ABC radio show, the forerunner of the long-running TV version, "Candid Camera". "Candid Microphone" didn't have as long a run on radio, however, lasting one year on ABC, taking a two year hiatus and returning to CBS radio for another year. The radio format of "Candid Microphone" was slightly different than the TV version ... when one of the eavesdropees uttered words considered too colorful by the network, a soft woman's voice would say, “Censored,” and the program would continue with Don Hollenbeck as the narrator.

1948 - Frieda Hennock became the first woman to serve as commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. She was appointed to the post by President Harry S Truman.

1957 - Althea Gibson won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title. Gibson was the first black tennis star to win the prestigious event.

1981 - The Dupont Company of Wilmington, DE announced an agreement to purchase Conoco, Inc. (Continental Oil Co.) for seven billion dollars. The merger was the largest in corporate history (to that time). Bargaining continued until a final figure of $7.7 billion closed the deal for the chemical and oil giants. The merger created the seventh largest industrial company in the U.S.

1984 - Michael Jackson and his brothers started their Victory Tour in Kansas City, Missouri’s Arrowhead Stadium. The tour turned out to be a victory for the Jacksons when the nationwide concert tour concluded months later.

1994 - Fourteen firefighters were killed while battling a several-day-old blaze on Storm King Mountain in Colorado.

2000 - Venus Williams beat her sister, Serena, at Wimbledon. In one of the most eagerly anticipated Wimbledon matches in years, 18-year-old Serena was in tears after the final game. It was her fourth loss in five tennis matches to her 20-year-old sister.

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Birthdays - July 6
1747 - John Paul Jones (American naval officer of the ship Bonhomme Richard, in battle against British frigate Serapis: “I have not yet begun to fight!”; died July 18, 1792)

1781 - Sir Stamford Raffles (founded Singapore; discovered Rafflesia Arnoldi [w/Joseph Arnold], an East Indian fungus; died July 5, 1826)

1884 - Harold (Stirling) ‘Mike’ Vanderbilt (capitalist: director of NY Central Railroad; sportsman: first owner to sail his sailboat in America’s Cup competition [winners: Enterprise: 1930, 1934; Ranger: 1937]; invented game of contract bridge [1925]; son of Cornelius Vanderbilt; died Jul 4, 1970)

1916 - LaVerne Andrews (singer: contralto, group: The Andrews Sisters: Why Talk About Love, A Simple Melody, Bei Mir Bist Du Schön; died May 8, 1967)

1918 - Sebastian Cabot (actor: Family Affair, Family Jewels, Johnny Tremain & the Sons of Liberty, The Time Machine, Twice-Told Tales, Omar Khayyam, Romeo and Juliet, Westward-Ho, the Wagons; died Aug 22, 1977)

1921 - Nancy Reagan (Anne Robbins-Davis) (actress: Hellcats of the Navy, East Side, West Side; former First Lady: married to 40th U.S. President Ronald Reagan; died Mar 6, 2016)

1922 - William Schallert (actor: Dobie Gillis, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Patty Duke Show, The Grace Kelly Story; died May 8, 2016)

1924 - Darrell Royal (College Football Hall of Famer: coach: Univ of Texas, Univ of Washington, Mississippi State Univ, CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos; quarterback: Univ of Oklahoma; inducted into College Football HOF [1983]; died Nov 7, 2012)

1925 - Merv Griffin (singer: I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts [w/Freddy Martin’s Orchestra - 1949]; TV host: The Merv Griffin Show; game show developer: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy; hotel mogul; died Aug 12, 2007)

1925 - Bill Haley (William John Clifton Haley Jr.) (musician, singer: group: Bill Haley and His Comets: Rock Around the Clock, Mambo Rock, Dim, Dim the Lights, Shake, Rattle and Roll, Crazy Man Crazy, See You Later Alligator; died Feb 9, 1981)

1927 - Janet Leigh (Jeanette Morrison Reames) (actress: Psycho, The Manchurian Candidate, Bye, Bye, Birdie, Houdini, Pete Kelly’s Blues, That Forsyte Woman; actress, Jamie Lee Curtis’ mother; died Oct 3, 2004)

1927 - Pat Paulsen (comedian: The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour; perennial U.S. Presidential candidate; died Apr 24, 1997)

1931 - Donal Donnelly (actor: Godfather: Part III, The Dead, The Knack; died Jan 4, 2010)

1931 - Della Reese (Delloreese Patricia Early) (singer: Don’t You Know, And That Reminds Me, Not One Minute More; actress: Della, Chico & the Man, The Royal Family, Touched by an Angel, Let’s Rock, Harlem Nights)

1935 - 14th Dalai Lama (Lhamo Thondup) (Nobel Peace Prize winner: Tibetan spiritual leader)

1937 - Ned Beatty (actor: Deliverance, Homicide, Hear My Song, Friendly Fire, The Guyana Tragedy, Superman, Rudy, The Toy, The Silver Streak, Radioland Murders, Network, Gray Lady Down)

1937 - Gene Chandler (Eugene Dixon) (singer: Duke of Earl, Groovy Situation, Just Be True; record label owner: Mr. Chand)

1945 - Rik Elswit (musician: guitar, singer: group: Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show: Sylvia’s Mother, [Freakin’ At] The Freaker’s Ball, Queen of the Silver Dollar, Ballad of Lucy Jordan, The Cover of Rolling Stone, When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman, Sharing the Night Together, Sexy Eyes, Better Love Next Time)

1945 - Bill Plager (hockey: NHL: Minnesota North Stars, St. Louis Blues, Atlanta Flames)

1945 - Burt Ward (Gervais) (actor: Batman, Beach Babes from Beyond Infinity, Robo-chic, Smooth Talker, Virgin High, Killcrazy)

1946 - George W. (Walker) Bush (43rd President of the United States [2000-2008]; married to Laura Welch Bush [twin daughters: Barbara and Jenna]; governor of Texas [1995-2000]; managing partner of Texas Rangers baseball club; son of 41st U.S. President [1989-1993] George [Herbert Walker] Bush)

1946 - Fred Dryer (actor: Hunter, Death Before Dishonor, The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins; football: NY Giants, LA Rams defensive end: Super Bowl XIV)

1946 - Sylvester Stallone (actor: Rocky series, Rambo series, Cliffhanger, Cobra, Demolition Man, Nighthawks, Oscar, Tango and Cash, The Specialist, Judge Dredd, Assassins, Cop Land)

1946 - James Browning Wyeth (artist: Lester, Shorty, Halloween, Draft Age, Obelisk, The Red House, The Islander)

1947 - Shelley Hack (actress: Charlie’s Angels, King of Comedy, Annie Hall, A Casualty of War, The Stepfather)

1952 - Grant Goodeve (actor: Dynasty, Eight is Enough, Northern Exposure; TV host: Solid Gold Hits)

1954 - Allyce Beasley (Alice Tannenbaum) (actress: Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers, Motorama, Moonlighting, Rumpelstiltskin, Dream with the Fishes, Stuart Little)

1954 - Nanci Griffith (Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter: LP: Other Voices/Other Rooms [1993]; From a Distance, Love at the Five and Dime, Fly by Night, Daddy Said, Ford Econoline, LP: There’s a Light Beyond These Woods)

1954 - Willie Randolph (baseball: Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees, LA Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets)

1959 - Jon Keeble (musician: drums: group: Spandau Ballet: True, To Cut a Long Story Short, The Freeze, Musclebound, Chant No. 1)

1961 - Kimberly Foster (actress: Dallas, One Crazy Summer, It Takes Two, Deadline, Love Bites, Broken Trust)

1966 - Glenn Scarpelli (actor: One Day at a Time, Jennifer Slept Here)

1978 - Tamera Mowry (actress: Sister, Sister, Detention, Seventeen Again, Hollywood Horror; twin sister of Tia Mowry)

1978 - Tia Mowry (actress: Sister, Sister, Detention, Seventeen Again, Hollywood Horror; twin sister of Tamera Mowry)

1983 - Gregory Smith (actor: Leaping Leprechauns, Spellbreaker, The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, The Patriot)

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Chart Toppers - July 6
1947
Peg o’ My Heart - The Harmonicats
I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder - Eddy Howard
Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba - Perry Como
It’s a Sin - Eddy Arnold

1955
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Learnin’ the Blues - Frank Sinatra
Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young - Faron Young

1963
Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto
Blue on Blue - Bobby Vinton
Easier Said Than Done - The Essex
Act Naturally - Buck Owens

1971
It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
Indian Reservation - Raiders
Treat Her Like a Lady - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
When You’re Hot, You’re Hot - Jerry Reed

1979
Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
Bad Girls - Donna Summer
Chuck E.’s in Love - Rickie Lee Jones
Amanda - Waylon Jennings

1987
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston
Alone - Heart
Shakedown - Bob Seger
That was a Close One - Earl Thomas Conley

Those were the days, my friend. We thought they‘d never end...


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