Events (250 years ago today): 1766 - Fran├žois-Jean de la Barre, a young French nobleman, is tortured and beheaded before his body is burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in Abbeville, France.

Events (100 years ago today): 1916 - World War I: First day on the Somme: On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 19,000 soldiers of the British Army are killed and 40,000 wounded.

Events (2016 years ago today): 1916 - The first attack of the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916 occurs.

Events (50 years ago today): 1966 - The first color television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto.

Births (100 years ago today): 1916 - Olivia de Havilland, British-American actress

Births (50 years ago today): 1966 - Enrico Annoni, Italian footballer and coach

Deaths (50 years ago today): 1966 - Frank Verner, American runner (b. 1883)

Commemorations:
Burundi National Day
Canada National Day
Rwanda National Day

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