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6 July, 1942 - Holland Anne Frank
6th July, 1942 : Anne Frank and her family take refuge in a secret sealed-off area of an Amsterdam warehouse to escape being sent to Nazi concentration camps. In 1944
the Nazi Gestapo discovered the hiding place and the family was shipped off to a concentration camp, Anne Frank died in 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany of typhus.
6 July, 1972 - Women Admitted as Officer Cadets
6th July, 1972 : The United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland where it educates and commissions officers admits women for the first time in its history with the induction of 81 female midshipmen (officer cadets).
6 July, 1924 - U.S.A. Meteor Shower
6th July, 1924 : A large Meteor Shower lands on Johnstown, Colorado with the largest weighing approximately 14 pounds.
6 July, 1944 - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
6th July, 1944 : A fire breaks out under the big top of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, killing 167 people and injuring 682 in Hartford, Connecticut.
6 July, 1952 - End of the Line for Trams in London
6th July, 1952 : The last of the trams in London ends it's journey ending nearly 100 years of trams in London . After the last of these electric trams goes the rails will be pulled up and some of the tunnels will be converted ready for the increased London car traffic.
6 July, 1953 - East Germany Russian Firing Squads
6th July, 1953 : Russian firing squads have executed 46 East German police for taking part in the workers revolt in East Germany against communist rule last month.
6 July, 1955 - U.S.A. Air Pollution Control Act
6th July, 1955 : The Federal Air Pollution Control Act was implemented for research into causal analysis and control of car-emission pollution. The killer fog in London that had left over 4,000 dead created concern around the world over the effects of emissions pollution and the act made the funds available for analysis and control of car-emission pollution.
6 July, 1967 - Biafra War With Nigeria
6th July, 1967 : After Biafra gains independence from Nigeria forces war breaks out between Nigeria and Biafra but Nigerian forces capture the provincial capital of Owerri and Biafra is forced to surrender.
6 July, 1978 - UK Train Fire Kills 11
6th July, 1978 : A fire on the Penzance to Paddington sleeper leaves 11 dead who had been in sleeping compartments and many more injured.
6 July, 1988 - UK Piper Alpha Oil Rig Fire
6th July, 1988 : An explosion on the Piper Alpha oil rig 120 miles off the north east coast of Scotland in the North Sea caused a fireball 350 feet high and engulfed the platform killing 167 workers.
6 July, 1992 - France Truck Driver Protest
6th July, 1992 : Following lorry driver disruption on French roads over the last week the police and army have been ordered by the government to remove trucks blocking roads. At the worst area the on the A1 motorway south of Lille towards Paris 500 riot squad officers, supported by helicopters, took four hours to disperse the 150 vehicles jamming the road.
6 July, 1998 - UK Viagra on The NHS
6th July, 1998 : The arguments over the NHS making Viagra available on the NHS continues to increase, Viagra the impotence pill for men costs £18 per pill and the number of patients requesting it could run into the 100's of thousands which could put more strain on the already stretched budget of the British Health Service. In January
1999 the NHS did allow a very restricted number of patients access and as the pressure increased more men were allowed access.
6 July, 2000 - Price of a Barrel of Oil drops below $30.00
6th July, 2000 : Saudi Arabia has announced it may well break from OPEC and make a unilateral decision to increase it's oil production by 500,000 barrels a day to ease oil prices. This will be in addition to the OPEC announcement to increase production by 708,000 barrels a day. The price of crude oil has tripled in just 18 months from $10.00 a barrel to $30.00 a barrel causing concerns over a world wide recession due to inflation pressures.
6 July, 2005 - UK 2012 Olympic Games
6th July, 2005 : The International Olympic Committee announces that London has won the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games following a vote at the IOC meeting in Singapore.
6 July, 2005 - Judith Miller Jailed for Refusing to Reveal Sources
6th July, 2005 : Following the outing of CIA officer Valerie Plame by Judith Miller earlier Judith Miller has been jailed For Refusing To Reveal Sources of the story. The case is based around allegations that senior administration officials leaked details of Ms Plame's role as a CIA employee to undermine her husband former ambassador Joseph Wilson who had criticized the Bush administration, saying it had "twisted" evidence to exaggerate the Iraqi threat in the run-up to war. The disclosure of the source did come out in the end I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby former Assistant to the President of the United States, George W. Bush, Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States, Dick Cheney, and Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs). Libby was indicted and found guilty on June 5th
, 2007 of four counts. One count of obstruction of justice; Two counts of perjury; One count of making false statements to federal investigators and was sentenced to 30 months in prison which was commuted by President George W. Bush to a $250,000 fine two years of supervised release, including 400 hours of community service.
6 July, 2006 - United States Coca Cola Secret Formula
6th July, 2006 : Three employees from the soda company Coca-Cola were charged with stealing secrets from the company. It is claimed that one woman stole documents and product samples and with two other men tried to sell the secrets to Coca-Cola rival, PepsiCo. When PepsiCo was contacted by the alleged thieves, the company cooperated with FBI agents in an undercover operation to bring down the three people.
6 July, 2006 - India / China Trade Route Opened
6th July, 2006 : An historic trade route between India and China was reopened after 44 years of being closed. The Nathu La pass through the Himalayas was part of the ancient trade route called the Silk Road and had been closed after disputes between India and China over the region of Sikkim occurred in the 1960s
6 July, 2007 - Mexico Chiapas Mexico Earthquake
6th July, 2007 : The state of Chiapas in Mexico was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 on this day. There were reports of minor injuries and buildings and businesses were evacuated in response to the quake.
6 July, 2008 - U.S.A. Armchair Balloon Flight
6th July, 2008 : Kent Couch flew an armchair attached to balloons across the state of Oregon and landed in the neighboring state of Idaho. He realized his goal on this day in the third attempt to make a 235 mile trip across state lines. He used an air gun to pop balloons in order to control how high up in the air he flew.
6 July, 2009 - China Protest Demonstrations
6th July, 2009 : Protests between Uighurs and Han Chinese in the province of Xinjiang erupted into violence on this day and left 156 people dead. Over 800 people were also injured at the protests. It was unclear as to whether or not state police or the protesters started the violence, as both sides blamed the other. The Chinese police arrested 1,434 people over the protests. The arrests sparked more protests by the Uighur population in Urumqi.
6 July, 2011 - Sudan Boat Carrying Migrants Sinks
6th July, 2011 : A boat travelling to Saudi Arabia that was carrying around 200 migrants caught on fire and sank in the Red Sea, killing 197 people. Officials stated that the passengers were likely to have been Somalis who were trying to flee the drought. Only three people were rescued.
6 July, 2012 - Hong Kong Seizes Large Drug Haul
6th July, 2012 : Custom officials in Hong Kong seized their largest haul ever. They seized nearly 1,500 pounds of cocaine worth ninety-eight million dollars that was being shipped in a container from Ecuador. Hong Kong officials stated that they were able to seize the haul based off a tip from US officials.
6 July, 2013 - Train Derailment and Fire in Lac-Megantic
6th July, 2013 : An unattended freight train that had been carrying crude oil was derailed causing a large fire and explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec in Canada. Over forty people were confirmed dead and more than thirty buildings in the town's center were destroyed.
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Born: July 6th, 1951, Toowoomba, Australia
Known For : He first acted for the Queensland Theatre Company in 1971, and continued working with them as a director as well. In the Eighties he moved to the State Theatre Company of South Australia and into more mainstream roles, including a number of Shakespearean ones. It was in the Eighties that he began his career in films, with Hoodwink and Twelfth Night. He had a nervous breakdown in 1992, but returned to movies in Children of the Revolution, Elizabeth, Shakespeare in Love and Shine (for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor). These movies had allowed him to become well known, and resulted in his appearances in a number of the last decade's major films: Frida, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (for which he won an Emmy) and Munich. He still acts on stage.