spotlight Highlights from history: July 6 Jul 6, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1885: Louis Pasteur On July 6, 1885, French scientist Louis Pasteur tested an anti-rabies vaccine on 9-year-old Joseph Meister, who had been bitten by an infected dog; the boy did not develop rabies. AP 1942: Anne Frank In 1942, Anne Frank, her parents and sister entered a "secret annex" in an Amsterdam building where they were later joined by four other people; they hid from Nazi occupiers for two years before being discovered and arrested. AP 1944: Circus Fire In 1944, an estimated 168 people died in a fire that broke out during a performance in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Connecticut. AP 1945: Medal of Freedom In 1945, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom. AP 1957: Althea Gibson In 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeated fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2. AP 1957: John Lennon & Paul McCartney In 1957, sixteen-year-old John Lennon first met 15-year-old Paul McCartney when Lennon's band, the Quarrymen skiffle group, performed a gig at St. Peter's Church in Woolton, Liverpool. AP 1962: William Faulkner In 1962, Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner, one of the giants of Southern literature, died in Byhalia, Mississippi, at age 64. AP 1964: "A Hard Day's Night" In 1964, the movie "A Hard Day's Night," starring The Beatles, had its world premiere in London. AP 1971: Louis Armstrong In 1971, jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong died in New York at age 69. AP 1988: North Sea Oil Platform In 1988, 167 North Sea oil workers were killed when explosions and fires destroyed a drilling platform. AP 1997: Sojourner Rover In 1997, the rover Sojourner rolled down a ramp from the Mars Pathfinder lander onto the Martian landscape to begin inspecting the soil and rocks of the red planet. AP 2009: Barack Obama & Dimitry Medvedev Ten years ago: President Barack Obama opened a two-day Moscow summit with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. AP 2009: Kidney Transplants Ten years ago: Doctors at four hospitals in four states (Maryland, Missouri, Oklahoma and Michigan) finished transplanting eight kidneys over three weeks. AP 2009: Robert McNamara Ten years ago: Robert McNamara, the Pentagon chief who'd directed the escalation of the Vietnam War despite private doubts, died in Washington, D.C., at 93. AP 2014: Wimbledon Five years ago: Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and denied Roger Federer his record eighth by holding off the Swiss star in five sets, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4. AP 2018: China US Tariffs One year ago: The United States and China imposed tariffs on billions of dollars of each other's goods in what Beijing called the "biggest trade war in economic history." AP 2018: Japan Doomsday Cult Execution One year ago: Japan's Justice Ministry confirmed that six followers of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult had been hanged along with its leader, Shoko Asahara; they had been convicted of crimes including a 1995 sarin gas attack that killed 13 people and sickened thousands of others on the Tokyo subway system. AP 2018: Thailand Cave Search One year ago: A former Thai navy SEAL died while diving in flooded cave passageways to deliver supplies to 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach who'd been trapped for nearly two weeks. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight AP How much coffee trivia do you know? promotion spotlight Which season suits you best?