On This Day

What Happened on July 10

Important Events

  • 1778 American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain
  • 1940 Battle of Britain begins as Nazi forces attack shipping convoys in the English Channel
  • 1985 French foreign intelligence agents blow up the Greenpeace boat Rainbow Warrior in Auckland harbor, New Zealand to prevent it interfering with French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira is killed.
  • 1991 Boris Yeltsin sworn in as 1st elected President of the Russian Federation
  • 2012 The American Episcopal Church becomes the first to approve a rite for blessing gay marriages
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Jul 10 in Film & TV

  • 1950 "Your Hit Parade" premieres on NBC (later CBS) TV (broadcast on radio from 1935)

Jul 10 in Music

  • 2018 Drake surpasses The Beatles record of most singles in Billboard Hot One 100 with seven against their five from his album "Scorpion"

Jul 10 in Sport

  • 1971 100th British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale: Lee Trevino wins the first of his consecutive Open Championships, a stroke ahead of Lu Liang-Huan of Taiwan

Did You Know?

Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback through Coventry, according to legend, to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes

On July 10, 1040

Would You Believe?

World's official highest recorded temperature at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California at 134 °F (56.7 °C)

On July 10, 1913

Famous Weddings

  • 1898 Russian revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin marries fellow revolutionary Nadezhda "Nadya" Krupskaya in Shushenskoye.
  • 1919 Author Aldous Huxley (25) weds epidemiologist Maria Nys in Bellem, Belgium
  • 1926 Cuban president Fulgencio Batista (25) weds Elisa Godínez y Gómez (25)

Famous Divorces

  • 1975 American singer and actress Cher (28) files for divorce from musician Gregg Allman (27), 10 days after their marriage

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