This Day in History July the 10th


  • 2011 Died: Roland Petit, French dancer, choreographer, and ballet company director. He is primarily remembered for his creative ballets.
  • 2007 Turkish adventurer Erden Eruç began the first entirely solo and entirely human-powered circumnavigation of the Earth. It lasted for 5 years.
  • 2006 Died: Shamil Basayev, Chechen terrorist and a leader of the Chechen movement. He was killed by the Russian Federal Security Service.
  • 2003 Died: Winston Graham, English novelist best know for his Poldark novels series of historical novels. There are a total of twelve novels.
  • 2002 Massacre of the Innocents, a painting by Peter Paul Rubens, was sold at auction at Sotheby’s for £49.5 million to Kenneth Thomson.
  • 1993 Died: Sam Rolfe, American screenwriter best known for co-creating the Western television series Have Gun – Will Travel that aired on CBS.
  • 1991 Boris Yeltsin was inaugurated as the first elected President of Russia. He remained in office for two consecutive terms, from 1991 to 1999.
  • 1989 Died: Mel Blanc, American voice actor, comedian and radio personality. He voiced Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird and many other characters.
  • 1985 The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was bombed and sunk by the French foreign intelligence services in the port of Auckland, New Zealand.
  • 1980 Born: Jessica Simpson, American singer, songwriter, actress, reality television personality, businesswoman and fashion designer.
  • 1978 President of Mauritania Moktar Ould Daddah was deposed in a military coup d’etat. Mustafa Ould Salek established a military junta.
  • 1976 The Seveso disaster occurred in a chemical plant near Milan, Italy. It resulted in the highest known exposure to TCDD in residential populations.
  • 1972 Born: Sofía Vergara, Colombian-American television and film actress, comedienne, producer, television host, model and businesswoman.
  • 1970 Born: John Simm, English actor best known for his roles as Sam Tyler in Life on Mars and The Master in the cult series Doctor Who.
  • 1962 Telstar 1, the world’s first communications satellite, was launched on top of a Thor-Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral LC-17, Florida.
  • 1962 The third studio album by the Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, was released in the UK. Its American version was released two weeks earlier.
  • 1962 Died: Yehuda Leib Maimon, Israeli rabbi and leader of the religious Zionism movement who helped draft the declaration of independence.
  • 1954 Born: Neil Tennant, English musician and singer-songwriter who is best known as one half of the electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys.
  • 1943 Born: Arthur Ashe, American World number 1 professional tennis player, journalist and activist. Ashe won three Grand Slam titles.
  • 1925 Indian spiritual master Meher Baba began his silence of 44 years that lasted until his death. His followers celebrated July 10 as Silence Day.
  • 1920 Born: Owen Chamberlain, American physicist who was awarded the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing it with Emilio Gino Segrè.
  • 1920 Born: David Brinkley, American newscaster for David Brinkley whose career spanned over five decades. He also wrote three books.
  • 1884 Died: Paul Morphy, American chess player who is widely regarded as the greatest chess master of the second half of the 19th century.
  • 1873 French poet Paul Verlaine fired two shots at his lover Arthur Rimbaud, wounding his left wrist. He was subsequently arrested and imprisoned.
  • 1856 Born: Nikola Tesla, Serbian American engineer and inventor best known for developing the alternating current electricity supply system.
  • 1851 Died: Louis Daguerre, French artist and photographer best known for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography in 1839.
  • 1830 Born: Camille Pissarro, Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter. He is known for his Boulevard Montmartre series.
  • 1806 Died: George Stubbs, English artist primarily remembered for his paintings of horses. One of his best known works is Whistlejacket.
  • 1584 Died: William I, Prince of Orange, also known as William the Silent, the main leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs.
  • 1509 Born: John Calvin, influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. Calvinism was later named in his honor.
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