What Happened on September 10

Historical Events

  • 1846 Elias Howe takes out a US patent for a lockstitch sewing machine
  • 1924 Leopold and Loeb found guilty of the murder of Robert Franks in Chicago in the "the crime of the century"
  • 1977 Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by Guillotine in France
  • 2008 The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2020 California's August Complex wildfire becomes largest recorded in state history at 471,000 acres (736 square miles)
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Sep 10 in Film & TV

  • 1993 "The X-Files", created by Chris Carter and starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson debuts on Fox

Sep 10 in Music

  • 1991 Rock band Nirvana release their single "Smells like Teen Spirit", often dubbed the anthem of Generation X

Sep 10 in Sport

  • 1972 American long distance runner Frank Shorter scores a famous win in the men's marathon in 2:12:19.8 at the Munich Olympics

Did You Know?

London taxi driver George Smith is the first to be fined for drunk driving

On September 10, 1894

Would You Believe?

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

On September 10, 1945

Famous Weddings

  • 1957 Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien (23) weds Aline Chaine (21) in Canada
  • 1961 Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)
  • 1961 Nigerian novelist, critic and academic Chinua Achebe ("Things Fall Apart") marries Christie Okoli

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