Thick smoke and flames rise from the remains of the Piper Alpha oil platform in the North Sea off the coast of Aberdeen, Scotland, July 8, 1988. Most of the platform fell into the sea, after a massive explosion and fire ripped through it Wednesday, July 6, killing 160 oil workers. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)

Today in History: July 6

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Today is Wednesday, July 6, the 188th day of 2016. There are 178 days left in the year.