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This Day In History: July 6

This Day in History

1777: In the Revolutionary War, Britain 's Maj. Gen. John Burgoyne and a force of 8,000 from Canada capture Fort Ticonderoga.
1785: Congress chose the dollar as the money unit of the United States, adopting a decimal coinage system.
1854: The Republican Party is officially founded at a convention in Jackson, MS.
1885: Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies.
1892: Seven guards and 11 strikers and spectators are shot to death at a strike at the Carnegie steel mills in Homestead, PA.
1933: Baseball 's first major league All-Star Game is played in Chicago 's Comiskey Park, with the American League defeating the National League, 4-2, on a home run by Babe Ruth.
1944: Fire destroyed a circus tent in Hartford, CT, killing 168 people.
1964: Malawi gains independence.
1997: NASA 's Mars Pathfinder deploys the roving robotic Sojourner, which moves about and analyzes the Martian rocks and soil.
1999: First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton informs the Federal Election Commission that she is forming an exploratory committee to consider running for the Senate from New York.

Today's Birthdays

1747: John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval officer (Kirkbean, Scotland; died 1792)
1781: Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, colonial administrator (at sea off Jamaica; died 1826)
1922: William Schallert, actor (Los Angeles, CA)
1923: Nancy Reagan, former first lady of the United States (New York, NY)
1925: Merv Griffin, TV personality/executive (San Mateo, CA). Bill Haley, singer, guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader (Highland Park, MI; died 1981)
1927: Janet Leigh, actress (Merced, CA; died 2004)
1931: Della Reese, singer/actress (Detroit, MI)
1935: Dalai Lama, religious leader (northeast Tibet)
1937: Ned Beatty, actor (Louisville, KY)
1945: Burt Ward, actor (Los Angeles, CA)
1946: George W. Bush, U.S. president and former governor of Texas (New Haven, CT). Fred Dryer, actor (Hawthorne, CA). Sylvester Stallone, actor/director (New York, NY)
1951: Geoffrey Rush, actor (Toowoomba, Australia)
1954: Allyce Beasley, actress (Brooklyn, NY). Louise Erdrich, writer (Little Falls, MN)
1976: 50 Cent, rapper (Queens, NY)

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