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On this day in history - July 6

What Happened On This Day – July 6

  • 2013 Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash lands in San Francisco International Airport

    The plane was en route to San Francisco from Incheon International Airport, South Korea. The crash, which killed 3 people and injured at least 190 others, was the first fatal incident involving a Boeing 777 since it came on the market in 1995.

  • 2006 Nathula Pass, a trading post between India and China opens for business

    The trading post had been closed since the Sino-Indian war of 1962. Part of the Silk Road, the pass connects Tibet with the Indian state of Sikkim.

  • 1975 Comoros becomes independent

    The Comoros Islands gained independence after about 137 years of French rule. Their official name is the Union of the Comoros.

  • 1964 Malawi gains its independence from Britain

    Between 1953 and 1963, the Southeast African country was part of a British controlled federation called Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. After dissolution of the federation and independence, Nyasaland changed its name to Malawi.

  • 1912 King Gustaf V officially opens the fifth Summer Olympics in Stockholm

    The international multi-event sports meet was the first such event in history to introduce the photo finish and automatic timing devices for track competitions. 28 countries, including Japan, participated in the games, making it the first time representatives from all 6 continents were present at an Olympics.

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Births On This Day,
July 6

  • 1946 George W. Bush

    American politician, 43rd President of the United States

  • 1935 14th Dalai Lama

    Tibetan Spiritual leader since 1950

  • 1921 Nancy Reagan

    American actress, 40th First Lady of the United States

  • 1907 Frida Kahlo

    Mexican painter

  • 1781 Stamford Raffles

    British statesman

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Deaths On This Day,
July 6

  • 1971 Louis Armstrong

    American trumpeter, singer

  • 1962 William Faulkner

    American author, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1893 Guy de Maupassant

    French writer

  • 1835 John Marshall

    American jurist, 4th Chief Justice of the United States

  • 1553 Edward VI of England