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Today in history, July 6

 
Published July 5, 2016

1535: Sir Thomas More was executed in England for high treason.

1777: During the American Revolution, British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga.

1865: The weekly publication the Nation, the self-described "flagship of the left," made its debut.

1917: During World War I, Arab forces led by T.E. Lawrence and Auda Abu Tayi captured the port of Aqaba from the Turks.

1933: The first All-Star baseball game was played at Chicago's Comiskey Park; the American League defeated the National League, 4-2.

1944: A fire that broke out during a performance in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford, Conn., killed 168 people.

1945: President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom.

1957: Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeated fellow American Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2.

1988: Explosions and fires on a drilling platform in the North Sea killed 167 oil workers.

Ten years ago: The space shuttle Discovery docked with the International Space Station, bringing with it European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter, who began a 6-month stay aboard the station.

Associated Press