What Happened On This Day – July 10
1985 Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, sinks
The ship was in harbor in New Zealand when it was bombed and sunk, killing Fernando Pereira, a photographer who was aboard the ship. It was found out later that French government operatives were responsible for the incident.
1967 New Zealand adopts new currency
The New Zealand pound was replaced by the New Zealand dollar. The denominations of the new currency followed a decimal system.
1962 Telstar, the world's first communication satellite is launched in space
The satellite, made by a collaboration between organizations in the U.S., the U.K., and France, transmitted the first live television images in the world.
1940 Battle of Britain
The German air force or Luftwaffe launched an air campaign against England. It was one of the first battles during the Second World War fought entirely between air forces and it ended a few months later with a British victory.
1913 Death Valley, U.S experiences the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth
Measurements showed that the temperature had reached a whopping 134°F or 56.7°C!
Births On This Day – July 10
1980 Jessica Simpson
American singer-songwriter, actress, fashion designer
1949 Sunil Gavaskar
1871 Marcel Proust
1856 Nikola Tesla
Serbian/American physicist, engineer
1509 John Calvin
French theologian, pastor
Deaths On This Day – July 10
2015 Omar Sharif
1920 John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher
Sri Lankan/English Admiral
1584 William the Silent
German son of William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg
649 Emperor Taizong of Tang