Today in History – July 10 in History

Today in History – July 10 in History

What happened on this day in history – July 10 in History around the world

1520 The Spanish explorer Cortes is driven from Tenochtitlan and retreats to Tlaxcala.
1609 The Catholic states in Germany set up a league under the leadership of Maximillian of Bavaria.
1679 The British crown claims New Hampshire as a royal colony.
1747 Persian ruler Nadir Shah is assassinated at Fathabad.
1776 The statue of King George III is pulled down in New York City.
1778 In support of the American Revolution, Louis XVI declares war on England.
1850 Millard Fillmore is sworn in as the 13th president of the United States following the death of Zachary Taylor.
1890 Wyoming becomes the 44th state.
1893 Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performs the first successful open-heart surgery, without anesthesia.
1925 The trial of Tennessee teacher John T. Scopes opens, with Clarence Darrow appearing for the defense and William Jennings Bryan for the prosecution.
1940 Germany begins the bombing of England.
1942 General Carl Spaatz becomes the head of the U.S. Air Force in Europe.
1943 American and British forces complete their amphibious landing of Sicily.
1945 U.S. carrier-based aircraft begin airstrikes against Japan in preparation for invasion.
1951 Armistice talks between the United Nations and North Korea begin at Kaesong.
1960 Belgium sends troops to the Congo to protect whites as the Congolese Bloodbath begins, just 10 days after the former colony became independent of Belgian rule.
1962 The satellite Telstar is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, beaming live television from Europe to the United States.
1965 “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” becomes the Rolling Stones’ first No. 1 single in the USA.
1967 Singer Bobbie Gentry records “Ode to Billie Joe,” which will become a country music classic and win 4 Grammys.
1976 In Seveso, near Milan, Italy, an explosion in a chemical factory covers the surrounding area with toxic dioxin. Time magazine has ranked the Seveso incident No. 8 on its list of 10 worst environmental disasters.
1985 Coca-Cola Co. announces it will resume selling “old formula Coke,” following public outcry and falling sales of its “new Coke.”
1991 Boris Yeltsin is sworn in as the first elected president of the Russian Federation, following the breakup of the USSR.
1993 Kenyan runner Yobes Ondieki becomes the first man to run 10,000 meters in less than 27 minutes.
Born on July 10
1509 John Calvin, Protestant religious leader, founder of Calvinism.
1830 Camille Pissarro, French painter.
1834 James Abbott McNeil Whistler, painter.
1871 Marcel Proust, French novelist (Remembrance of Things Past).
1875 Mary McLeod Bethune, educator, founder of Bethune-Cookman College and the National Council of Negro Women.
1905 Ivie Anderson, jazz singer.
1915 Saul Bellow, writer.
1920 David Brinkley, broadcaster.
1927 David Dinkins, first African-American mayor of New York City.
1931 Alice Munro, Canadian writer (Open Secrets, Friend of my Youth).
1933 Jerry Herman, songwriter.
1943 Arthur Ashe, American tennis player.
1947 Folk singer Arlo Guthrie (“Alice’s Restaurant,” “City of New Orleans”), son of Woody Guthrie.
1965 Alexia, princess of Greece and Denmark.
1980 Adam Petty, race driver, first fourth-generation driver in NASCAR history; his death in 2000 contributed to NASCAR’s decision to mandate a kill switch on steering wheels.

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