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Quotes from Legend
Musicians don’t retire, they stop when there’s no more music in them.
- Louis Armstrong, jazz trumpeter, who died today of a heart attack, aged 71.
Historical News on July 06
North Sea Rig Explosion Kills 166
1988 An explosion on the North Sea oil rig, Piper Alpha, resulted in the loss of 166 lives.
According to survivors of the disaster, a huge explosion wiped out the control room, and a further explosion propelled a fireball across the platform, destroying the superstructure.
Amidst the twisted wreckage and flames 500 ft (162 m) high, men plunged 200 ft (65 m) into the sea to their deaths.
The intense heat and the flames hampered rescue operations, and it is believed that many of the men could not swim.
Braving the flames and cranes crashing into the sea, high-speed dinghies picked up as many survivors as possible.
Seven NATO warships, 21 smaller vessels, and six helicopters are continuing the rescue operation.
The fire continues to rage, fueled by oil pumping indiscriminately from beneath the sea bed.
Occidental Petroleum, the firm operating the rig, is expected to call infamous firefighter and well capper Red Adair to try to bring the ferocious blaze under control.
1957 Sporting history was made today as American Althea Gibson became the first black Wimbledon champion beating fellow American Darlene Hurd 6-3, 6-2.
An outstanding player, 30-year-old Gibson hasn’t lost a single set throughout the entire fortnight’s play.
1971 The music world lost one of its best-loved stars today when jazz legend Louis Armstrong died of a heart attack at the age of 71.
He had been battling with ill health for three years.
Affectionately known as “Satchmo”, Armstrong received international recognition for his virtuoso trumpet playing, he was also a bandleader, singer, and star of film musicals, and became one of the foremost figures of 20th-century popular music.
He will be sadly missed by friends and fans, not only for his skill on the trumpet and inimitable gravelly voice but also for his humor and warmth of personality.
Sir Thomas More Executed
1535 Distinguished politician and author Sir Thomas More was executed today at the Tower of London after being found guilty of high treason.
Formerly a favorite of King Henry VIII, More refused to take an oath of supremacy to the king as head of the church in preference to the Pope, so was charged and found guilty of high treason.
He has been held in the Tower for a year in hope that he would recant.
Sir Thomas is greatly respected in the country and has had a most distinguished political and diplomatic career.
Born in London, he studied at Oxford under Linacre and his religious beliefs were strongly influenced by Colet.
More entered parliament in 1504 and from 1509, when he enjoyed the favor of the King, was employed on various foreign missions.
He was appointed Speaker of the Privy Council in 1518 and became Speaker of the House of Commons in 1523, during which time he was knighted. Against his own strongest wishes he succeeded Wolsey as Lord Chancellor in 1529 and resigned in 1532 over King Henry VIII’s ecclesiastical policy and his marriage to Anne Boleyn.
As a devout Catholic.
More refused last year to recognize the King as head of the Church and hence he lost his own head today.
NATO Seeks a New Role
1990 In the wake of the momentous events in Eastern Europe and the drive towards reunification by the two Germanies, NATO has declared that the Warsaw Pact is no longer a military threat to the West, and so must now seek a new role for itself in the 1990s.
This declaration in London comes hard on the heels of the announcement in May by NATO defense ministers of major cuts to budgets.
It is understood that NATO will become a primarily political organization.