On This Day for 10th September

Historical Events

  • 1776 George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers
  • 1894 London taxi driver George Smith is first fined for drunk driving
  • 1977 Hamida Djandoubi, convicted for torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by Guillotine in France.
  • 1993 Israel & PLO sign joint recognition statements
  • 2008 The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.

Did You Know?

Mike the Headless Chicken is decapitated in Fruita, Colorado; he survives for another 18 months before choking to death.

On September 10th, 1945

Famous Weddings

  • 1957 Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien (23) weds Aline Chaine (21) in Canada
  • 1961 Nigerian novelist, critic and academic Chinua Achebe ("Things Fall Apart") marries Christie Okoli
  • 1961 Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)
  • 1966 Actor John Lithgow (20) weds Jean Taynton
  • 1993 Actress Loretta Young, 80, weds costume designer Jean Louis, 85