On this date

50 YEARS AGO:

July 6, 1968

Appearing today at the Oriental Ballroom Auditorium in Gallitzin was the “Summer Festival of Country Stars” with Webb Pierce, Wilma Burgess and Carl & Pearl Butler; and next week George Jones and Melba Montgomery. Tickets were $2.75 in advance, $3.50 at the door.

25 YEARS AGO:

July 6, 1993

In State College, an event called the People’s Choice Festival was organized to compete with the established five-day Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, many of them rejected for the Central Pa. Festival.

10 YEARS AGO:

July 6, 2008

Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the Logan Town Centre was looking for volunteers to play human chess pieces in a game to launch Stephanie Meyer’s latest teen fiction book in the Twilight Saga series. The human chess game would be vampires vs. werewolves.

–Compiled by Tim Doyle

Today is Friday, July 6, the 187th day of 2018. There are 178 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:

On July 6, 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. The Harry S. Truman Library, the nation’s first presidential library, was dedicated in Independence, Missouri. Sixteen-year-old John Lennon first met 15-year-old Paul McCartney when Lennon’s band, the Quarrymen skiffle group, performed a gig at St. Peter’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool.

On this date:

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

In 1777, during the American Revolution, British forces captured Fort Ticonderoga.

In 1885, French scientist Louis Pasteur tested an anti-rabies vaccine on

9-year-old Joseph Meister, who had been bitten by an infected dog; the boy did not develop rabies.

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

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