History of 6 July

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History of 6 July

  • 1996 – Steffi Graf won her seventh Wimbledon title.
  • 1997 – The Mars Pathfinder released Sojourner, a robot rover on the surface of Mars. The spacecraft landed on the red planet on July 4th.
  • 1997 – In Cambodia, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen ousted First Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh and claimed to have the capital under his control.
  • 1998 – Protestants rioted in many parts of Northern Ireland after British authorities blocked an Orange Order march in Portadown.
  • 2000 – A jury awarded former NHL player Tony Twist $24 million for the unauthorized use of his name in the comic book Spawn and the HBO cartoon series. Co-defendant HBO settled with Twist out of court for an undisclosed amount.
  • 2013 – At least 42 people are killed in a shooting at a school in Yobe State, Nigeria.
  • 2013 – A Boeing 777 operating as Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashes at San Francisco International Airport, killing three and injuring 181 of the 307 people on board.
  • 2013 – A 73-car oil train derails in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec and explodes into flames, killing at least 47 people and destroying more than 30 buildings in the town’s central area.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Nnamdi Asomugha, American football player
  • 1981 – Roman Shirokov, Russian footballer
  • 1982 – Brandon Jacobs, American football player
  • 1982 – Misty Upham, American actress (d. 2014)
  • 1983 – Gregory Smith, Canadian actor, director, and producer
  • 1984 – Zhang Hao, Chinese figure skater
  • 1985 – Ranveer Singh, Indian film actor
  • 1986 – David Karp, American businessman, founded Tumblr
  • 1987 – Sophie Auster, American singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1987 – Manteo Mitchell, American runner
  • 1987 – Kate Nash, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actress
  • 1987 – Caroline Trentini, Brazilian model
  • 1988 – Kevin Fickentscher, Swiss footballer
  • 1990 – Magaye Gueye, French footballer
  • 1992 – Manny Machado, Dominican-American baseball player