spotlight Highlights from history: July 6 Jul 6, 2019 0 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. 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