Today in History
June 7

1498 Christopher Columbus leaves on his third voyage of exploration.
1546 The Peace of Ardes ends the war between France and England.
1654 Louis XIV is crowned king of France.
1712 The Pennsylvania Assembly bans the importation of slaves.
1767 Daniel Boone sights present-day Kentucky.
1775 The United Colonies change their name to the United States.
1863 Mexico City is captured by French troops.
1900 The Boxer rebels cut the rail links between Peking and Tientsin in China.
1903 Professor Pierre Curie reveals the discovery of Polonium.
1914 The first vessel passes through the Panama Canal.
1932 Over 7,000 war veterans march on Washington, D.C., demanding their bonus pay for service in World War I.
1942 The Japanese invade Attu and Kiska in the Aleutian Islands.
1968 In Operation Swift Saber, U.S. Marines sweep an area 10 miles northwest of Da Nang in South Vietnam.
1981 Israeli F-16 fighter-bombers destroy Iraq’s only nuclear reactor.
1994 The Organization of African Unity formally admits South Africa as its fifty-third member.
Born on June 7
1502 Gregory XIII, Roman Catholic pope.
1778 George Bryan “Beau” Brummell, English wit.
1848 Paul Gaugin, French post-impressionist painter.
1899 Elizabeth Bowen, British novelist and short story writer (The Death of the Heart).
1909 Virginia Apgar, American physician and medical researcher.
1909 Peter Rodino, U.S. congressman, chairman of the Watergate hearings.
1917 Gwendolyn Brooks, African-American poet.
1954 Louise Erdrich, American author.

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    1. One source for the 1712 date is Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political and Historical Encyclopedia, Vol.1, pg. 94 (ABC-CLIO). The book Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States of America, 1638–1870, by W.E.B. Dubois, notes this law was passed on June 7, 1712, but was disallowed by Great Britain the following year.

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