Today, as we flip our calendars to July 6th, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see the footprints of events that shaped the world we live in today. This day holds significance in various realms from the fields of politics and science to the world of arts.
- 1933 – First Major League Baseball All-Star Game: On this day in 1933, the first Major League Baseball All-Star Game took place at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The concept of an All-Star Game was the brainchild of Arch Ward, the sports editor for the Chicago Tribune, as part of the celebration of Chicago’s Century of Progress Exposition.
- 1935 – Birth of the 14th Dalai Lama: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, was born on July 6, 1935. The Dalai Lama is considered the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and, by tradition, is responsible for governing the Himalayan country of Tibet.
- 1885 – Louis Pasteur Tests Rabies Vaccine: In a groundbreaking event for medical science, Louis Pasteur successfully tested his rabies vaccine on a young boy who had been bitten by a rabid dog. This leap in research laid the groundwork for many future vaccines.
- 1907 – Birth of Frida Kahlo: The renowned Mexican painter Frida Kahlo was born on this day in 1907. Known for her surrealist and symbolist work, Kahlo has been celebrated as an icon of female creativity.
- 1868 – Ratification of the 14th Amendment: On July 6th, 1868, the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, granting citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves who had just been freed after the Civil War.
- 1785 – The Dollar is Officially the Monetary Unit of the United States: The Congress of the Confederation decided on this day that the “dollar” would be the monetary unit for the United States. This established consistency in the country’s financial system.
- 1535 – Execution of Sir Thomas More: Sir Thomas More, known for his work ‘Utopia’, was executed for treason against King Henry VIII of England. His opposition to the king’s separation from the Catholic Church led to his execution and later his canonization.
- 1957 – Althea Gibson Wins Wimbledon: Althea Gibson became the first African American player to win a Wimbledon title in tennis. Her win paved the way for generations of black athletes in U.S.
- 1887 – David Kālakaua, Monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Was Forced at Gunpoint to Sign the Bayonet Constitution: This constitution greatly reduced the power of the Hawaiian monarchy, placing most of the authority in the hands of the legislature, which was controlled by white businessmen and traders.
- 1947 – The AK-47 Goes into Production in the Soviet Union: One of the most widely used and recognized firearms in the world, the AK-47, designed by Mikhail Kalashnikov, officially went into production on July 6, 1947.
July 6th is not just another day; it’s a day that has witnessed the ebb and flow of human civilization in numerous ways. As we look back at these events, we remember that each day is a chance to make history. Who knows what July 6th