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On this day in history - September 10

What Happened On This Day – September 10

  • 2014 First Invictus Games Held

    The international games bring together wounded armed forces personnel and veterans who compete in athletic competitions. The 2014 Invictus Games were held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England. 300 competitors from 13 countries participated in the games. The next games will take place in 2016.

  • 2008 Large Hadron Collider Goes Live

    The world’s largest particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). It is an 18-mile (27km) long experimental machine which passes through the French-Swiss border. The Collider was constructed to find the Higgs Boson particle, an elementary particle in physics.

  • 1977 Last Person to be Executed in France

    Hamida Djandoubi was also the last person to be executed by a guillotine. Djandoubi was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of 21-year old Elisabeth Bousquet.

  • 1960 Baghdad Conference Begins

    The 5-day long conference in Iraq’s capital city ended with the creation of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an intergovernmental organization of oil-producing countries. Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela were the original members of the group. Today, there are 13 members of the organization. OPEC is responsible for coordinating and unifying oil and gas policies in member states and for creating an efficient and fair system of production, sale, and investment in the petroleum industry.

  • 1846 Patent For Sewing Machine Awarded

    The United States’ Patent Office awarded a patent for the first sewing machine with a lockstitch design to Elias Howe from Spencer, Massachusetts. While he had little success marketing his machine in the US, machines similar to his design became very successful, especially among women. The similarity of the machine sold by Isaac Singer, founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company to Howe’s machine prompted Howe to take Singer to court. He won the case.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
September 10

  • 1976 Matt Morgan

    American wrestler, actor

  • 1960 Colin Firth

    English actor

  • 1941 Stephen Jay Gould

    American paleontologist

  • 1872 Ranjitsinhji

    Indian cricketer

  • 1839 Charles Sanders Peirce

    American philosopher, mathematician, scientist

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
September 10

  • 1985 Jock Stein

    Scottish footballer, manager

  • 1935 Huey Long

    American politician

  • 1898 Empress Elisabeth of Austria

  • 1797 Mary Wollstonecraft

    English author, philosopher

  • 1669 Henrietta Maria of France