On July 6, 1919, a British dirigible landed at New York’s Roosevelt Field to complete the first airship crossing of the Atlantic.
Today is Friday, July 6, the 187th day of 2018 with 178 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include John Paul Jones, founder of the U.S. Navy, in 1747; Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in 1907; singer LaVerne Andrews of the Andrews Sisters in 1911; former U.S. first lady Nancy Reagan in 1921; TV entertainer/producer Merv Griffin in 1925; rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Bill Haley (“Rock Around The Clock”) in 1925; actor Janet Leigh in 1927; singer/actor Della Reese in 1931; the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader/Nobel Peace Prize laureate, in 1935 (age 83); actor Ned Beatty in 1937 (age 81); actor Burt Ward in 1945 (age 73); actor Sylvester Stallone in 1946 (age 72); former U.S. President George W. Bush in 1946 (age 72); actor Shelley Hack in 1947 (age 71); actor Geoffrey Rush in 1951 (age 67); singer Nanci Griffith in 1953 (age 65); actor Allyce Beasley in 1954 (age 66); rapper 50 Cent, born Curtis James Jackson III, in 1975, (age 43); twin actors Tamara Mowry and Tia Mowry in 1978 (age 40); comedian/actor Kevin Hart in 1979 (age 39); actor Eva Green in 1980 (age 38); basketball player Pau Gasol in 1980 (age 38); baseball player Manny Machado in 1992 (age 26).
On this date in history:
In 1854, the Republican Party was formally established at a meeting in New York City.
In 1885, French bacteriologist Louis Pasteur inoculated a human being for the first time — a boy, who had been bitten by a rabid dog. The youngster didn’t develop rabies.
In 1919, a British dirigible landed at New York’s Roosevelt Field to complete the first airship crossing of the Atlantic. Six hours into the flight, the R-34’s commander discovered a stowaway.
In 1923, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed.
In 1942, diarist Anne Frank and her family took refuge in a secret section of an Amsterdam warehouse where they hid from the Nazis for two years. Finally discovered, they were sent to concentration camps. Anne died in a camp.
In 1944, fire in the big top of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus in Hartford, Conn., killed 167 people, two-thirds of them children, and injured 682 others.
In 1957, Althea Gibson became the first African-American competitor to wina Wimbledon championship.
In 1971, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, one of the 20th century’s most influential American musicians, died at age 69.
In 1976, women were first admitted to the U.S. Naval Academy. The other military academies soon followed suit.
In 1984, U.S. President Ronald Reagan, in a TV interview, said it was a “probability” that many young people now paying into Social Security “will never be able to receive as much as they’re paying.”
In 1994, Forrest Gump opened in U.S. theaters, earning actor Tom Hanks his second Oscar for Best Actor.
In 2006, Felipe Calderon of Mexico’s ruling National Action Party won a tight race for president over Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama met in Moscow with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, and announced an agreement to reduce nuclear arsenals.
In 2011, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2018 Winter Olympic Games to Pyeongchang, set in the mountains of South Korea, 110 miles east of Seoul. Pyeongchang was host of the 2013 Special Olympics.
In 2013, an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 carrying more than 300 people hit a sea wall in front of a runway on approach at San Francisco International Airport — a crash that resulted in three fatalities and scores of injuries.
In 2017, France announced it will ban gas- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 in order to fulfill an ambitious agenda to make the country carbon-neutral by 2050.
A thought for the day: “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” — John Lennon