Historical Events for 6th July 2024

1484 – Portuguese sea captain Diogo Cão finds the mouth of the Congo River
1621 – Dutch governor general John Pieterszoon Coen takes Banda islands, 15,000 die
1853 – National Black convention meets in Rochester NY, ex-slave Frederick Douglass attends
1892 – Dadabhai Naoroji elected as first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain
1905 – Alfred Deakin becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the second time
1907 – Tom Reece takes 5 weeks to compile the highest recorded billiards break in a match (499,135) in London, his ‘cradle’ cannon method is soon banned
1932 – 1st class postage back up to 3 cents from 2 cents
1941 – New York Yankees team unveils a monument to former captain Lou Gehrig in center field at Yankee Stadium; the future Hall of Famer died the previous month
1949 – Freak heat wave sent central coast of Portugal to 158°F for 2 minutes
1986 – 100th Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Germany’s Boris Becker successfully defends his title beating Ivan Lendl 6-4, 6-3, 7-5

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