Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July 6

  • July 6, 1189
    Richard I, known as Richard the Lionheart, ascends the throne of England after his father Henry II of England dies at age 56
  • July 6, 1253
    Mindaugas, the ruler of Lithuania, is crowned in city of Novgorodok, modern-day Belarus, becoming the first and only King of Lithuania
  • July 6, 1415
    Jan Hus, Bohemian religious reformer who spoken out against Church corruption, is burned as a heretic at the stake at Constance, Germany
  • July 6, 1495
    The Holy League beat French army and temporarily expel them from the Italian Peninsula in the Battle of Fornovo, the first battle of series of conflicts known as the Italian Wars
  • July 6, 1519
    Charles I of Spain is elected Holy Roman emperor as Charles V in Barcelona combining the crowns of Spain, Burgundy with the Netherlands, Austria and Germany
  • July 6, 1535
    Sir Thomas More is beheaded in England for refusing to renounce the Catholic church in favor of King Henry VIII's Church of England
  • July 6, 1553
    Edward VI Tudor, King of England, died of tuberculosis at the age of nine, making lady Jane Grey, an English noblewoman, becomes the Queen of England
  • July 6, 1685
    Royal army of James II defeat Rebel army of James Scott, the Duke of Monmouth, at the Battle of Sedgemoor, the last major battle to be fought on English soil
  • July 6, 1687
    Isaac Newton, an English physicist and mathematician, publishes Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica where he formulates law of universal gravitation and stats laws of motion, forming the foundation of classical mechanics
  • July 6, 1699
    Captain William Kidd, a Scottish pirate, is arrested in Boston
  • July 6, 1777
    British forces under General Burgoyne capture Fort Ticonderoga, on Lake Champlain, from the Americans
  • July 6, 1781
    In Virginia the Battle of Green Spring on the Jamestown Peninsula and becomes the last major engagement of the Revolutionary War prior to the Colonial's final victory at Yorktown
  • July 6, 1785
    US Congress decides that the country's monetary system would be based on a silver coin called a dollar, similar to that of the Spanish dollar and adopt the first nation decimal money system
  • July 6, 1788
    Bad harvests and harsh winters in France lead to bread riot in the poorer districts
  • July 6, 1809
    Napoleon beat Austria's archduke Charles at the Battle of Wagram, crushing the Fifth Coalition
  • July 6, 1836
    French General Thomas Robert Bugeaud defeats Abdelkader El Djezairi's forces beside the Sikkak River in Algeria
  • July 6, 1885
    French scientist Louis Pasteur successfully tests an anti-rabies vaccine on a boy bitten by an infected dog, owing to the fact that the death rate from rabies dropped to almost zero by 1888
  • July 6, 1892
    Homestead Strike, a major labor dispute between union steelworkers and the Carnegie Steel Company in Homestead, Pennsylvania, culminates in a battle between strikers and private security agents
  • July 6, 1964
    Nyasaland gains independence from Britain and is renamed in Malawi
  • July 6, 1967
    Biafran War, or Nigerian Civil War, erupts as Nigerian forces invade Biafra, seceded May 30
  • July 6, 1994
    Forrest Gump, romantic-comedy-drama film depicts several decades in the life of a slow-witted man, is released in the United States
  • July 6, 1995
    IBM completes its US$3.5 billion acquisition of Lotus Development, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary

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