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On July sixth, 1957, Althea
became the first black tennis player to win a
Wimbledon singles title, defeating fellow
American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.
On this date:
In 1535, Sir Thomas More was
executed in England for treason.
In 1777, during
the American Revolution, British forces captured
In 1885, French
scientist Louis Pasteur successfully tested an
anti-rabies vaccine on a boy who had been bitten
by an infected dog.
In 1917, during
World War One, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence
captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks.
In 1923, the Union
of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed.
1944, 169 people
died in a fire that broke out in the main tent of
the Ringling Brothers and Barnum-and-Bailey
Circus in Hartford, Connecticut.
In 1945, President
Truman signed an executive order establishing the
Medal of Freedom.
In 1967, the
Biafran War erupted. (The war, which lasted two
and a-half years, claimed some 600,000 lives.)
In 1989, the US
Army destroyed its last Pershing One-A missiles
at an ammunition plant in Karnack, Texas, under
terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear
In 1998, singing
cowboy star Roy Rogers died in Apple Valley,
California, at age 86.
Ten years ago:
NATO leaders concluded two days of meetings in
London, pledging to sharply reduce both nuclear
and conventional defenses in Europe.
Five years ago:
The prosecution rested at the O.J. Simpson murder
trial in Los Angeles.
One year ago: Ehud
Barak took office as prime minister of Israel,
pledging to seek peace with neighboring Arab
"Growing old is no
more than a bad habit which a busy man has no
time to form."
Andre Maurois, French author (1885-1967).