On This Day In History, 6 July

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World Events Today

  • The pirate Captain William Kidd was arrested today in 1699 in Boston, Massachusetts, he was sent to England for trial and later hanged at Execution Dock in London
  • The International Olympic Committee, the IOC, awarded London the right to host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, today in 2005
  • The South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, found guilty of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment today in 2016

Entertainment Events Today

  • The German tennis player Boris Becker, the defending champion, beat the Czechoslovakian Ivan Lendl at Wimbledon today in 1986, to win the 100th Wimbledon Men’s Singles title
  • The comedy-drama movie Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks as the main character, went on general release in the United States today in 1994
  • The Augmented Reality mobile game Pokémon Go was released today in 2016, GPS was used to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures

Family Events Today

  • William John Clifton Haley, better known as the American rock and roll legend Bill Haley, was born today in 1925 in Michigan
  • The American actor and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone, star of the Rambo and Rocky movies, was born today in 1946 in New York
  • Two of the four members of the pop supergroup Abba, Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus, married today in 1971

Main Event Today

  • The Piper Alpha Disaster, an explosion on a North Sea oil production platform, occurred today in 1988, over 150 people lost their lives and it took over 3 weeks to finally put the fire out

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Fried Chicken Day

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