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On this day in history - July 10

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 57°C!

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
July 10

  • 1980 Jessica Simpson

    American singer-songwriter, actress, fashion designer

  • 1949 Sunil Gavaskar

    Indian cricketer

  • 1871 Marcel Proust

    French writer

  • 1856 Nikola Tesla

    Serbian/American physicist, engineer

  • 1509 John Calvin

    French theologian, pastor

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
July 10

  • 2015 Omar Sharif

    Egyptian actor

  • 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

  • 138 Hadrian

    Roman Emperor