On this Day July 6
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1946 – FBI agents arrest Chicago gangster George “Bugs” Moran in Kentucky. During the Prohibition era, Moran was one of the biggest organized crime figures in America, and has been credited with popularizing the drive-by shooting.
1957 – Althea Gibson cracks the color barrier in professional tennis, defeating Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2 to become the first African American to win Wimbledon. Gibson is honored with a ticker tape parade when she returns home to New York City.
1994 – “Forrest Gump” opens in U.S. theaters. It receives 13 Academy Award nominations and captures six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Hanks) and Best Director (Robert Zemeckis).
1964 – The Beatles’ movie, “A Hard Day’s Night,” premieres at the London Pavilion with the Fab Four and 12,000 fans, including the Rolling Stones, in attendance. The film is widely regarded as the forefather of the music video and launched the career of director Richard Lester. It also garnered two Oscar nominations.
1968 – Herb Alpert holds the top spot on the singles chart with “This Guy’s in Love with You.” A nine-time Grammy-winning trumpeter, Alpert takes on additional duties singing lead vocals in the track, which remains at No. 1 for four weeks,