On this day: 167 workers die in Piper Alpha oil platform explosion

The North Sea Piper Alpha oil rig disaster killed 167 people
The North Sea Piper Alpha oil rig disaster killed 167 people
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Events, birthdays and anniversaries on 6 July

National day of Malawi.

1854: United States Republican Party was established at Ripon, Wisconsin.

1859: Queensland, Australia, became a colony in its own right, separate from New South Wales.

1875: Institute of Bankers in Scotland formed – the first such body in the world.

1885: Louis Pasteur successfully treated a subject with anti-rabies vaccine.

1912: Fifth Olympic Games opened in Stockholm.

1916: David Lloyd-George was appointed War Secretary.

1919: The first transatlantic flight by an airship, from East Fortune, East Lothian to Mineola, New York took 108 hours.

1923: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed.

1928: The first all-talking feature film, Lights Of New York, opened in America.

1942: Ann Frank’s family went into hiding in Amsterdam.

1946: The Young Conservatives’ political organisation was founded.

1950: The frontier between East Germany and Poland was declared to be the Oder-Neisse Line.

1964: Malawi, formerly Nyasaland, became an independent state within the Commonwealth, having been a British protectorate since 1891.

1967: Civil war began in Nigeria, with fighting between federal troops and men from Biafra province.

1968: Billie Jean King became Wimbledon Women’s Singles champion in the first year of open tennis.

1988: 167 workers died in the Piper Alpha oil platform explosion in the North Sea.

1989: Time and date digits were in sequence at 01.23.45 6-7-89. It would not happen again for 100 years.

1989: Collett’s bookshop in Charing Cross Road, London, was fire-bombed in protest at sale of Salman Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses.

1991: United Nations nuclear inspection team arrived in Iraq to test president Saddam Hussein’s promise of full co-operation, while second team witnessed destruction of Iraq’s last known long-range missiles.

2003: The Eupatoria Planetary Radar sent messages to five stars; the message sent to the furthest-away star will arrive in 2049.

2006: The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, reopened for trade after 44 years.