Today’s History Trivia for July 6
1964 A Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles opens.
1962 First H-bomb explosion within the boundaries of the U.S. at the Nevada proving grounds.
1944 The Day the Clowns Cried The worst tragedy in American circus history occurs when the big top tent at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus catches fire during a performance to a crowd of over 6,000. Most of the 169 deaths were caused by trampling as people stampeded out the exits. Arson was suspected as the cause.
1943 USS William D. Porter The Fletcher-class destroyer is commissioned. In 1943, the USS Iowa with Pres. Roosevelt aboard, would narrowly avoid a torpedo accidently launched by the Porter.
1933 First Major League All-Star Baseball Game The game was played at Comiskey Park with the American League winning 4-2.
1930 Amelia Earhart The famed aviator sets a woman’s international flight record by flying an average speed of 181.18 mph over a 64 mile course.
1928 Hail stones measuring 5½ inches in diameter and weighing 1½ pounds fall in Potter, Nebraska.
1928 First all-talking motion picture The Lights of New Yorkpremiers in New York City.
1854 Republican party is formed, when a Detroit convention of the Whigs and Free Soil party adopts their new name.
1787 First coin authorized by the Continental Congress, a copper Franklin cent, designed by Benjamin Franklin. Source: Famous First Facts
1785 The dollar is adopted as the unit of U.S. currency by the Continental Congress. Source: Famous First Facts