What Happened on July 10

Significant 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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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?

Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California hits 134 °F (56.7 °C), officially world's highest recorded temperature

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)
  • 1937 Actress Ingrid Bergman (21) weds dentist Petter Aron Lindström
  • 1994 The "Anthrax" heavy-metal guitarist Scott Ian (31) weds Debbie Leavitt (23) in Huntington Beach, California

Famous Divorces

  • 1975 Cher files for divorce from Gregg Allman, 10 days after their marriage
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