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This Day in History - June 10

June 10

1190 – Frederick Barbarossa drowns in a river while leading an army of the Third Crusade

1692 – Bridget Bishop is hanged in Salem, Massachusetts for witchcraft

1735 – Physician-in-chief of the American Continental Army, John Morgan, is born

1752 – Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects a charge in a Leyden jar from lightning, enabling him to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning

1775 – John Adams proposes to Congress, that the men laying siege to Boston should be considered a Continental Army led by a general

1776 – The Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence

1801 – Tripoli declares war on the US for refusing to pay tribute

1854 – The US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, holds its first graduation

1861 – Dorothea Dix is appointed superintendent of female nurses for the Union army

1864 – At the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads in Mississippi, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defats the numerically superior Union troops

1881 – Author Count Leo Tolstoy sets off on a pilgrimage to a monastery disguised as a peasant

1885 – Arizona Deputy Sheriff William Daniels is killed by Apache Indians

1895 – Black actress Hattie McDaniel is born

1898 – US Marines land in Cuba

1901 – Songwriter Frederick Loewe is born

1905 – Japan and Russia agree to peace talks brokered by President Theodore Roosevelt

1909 – An SOS signal is transmitted for the first time in an emergency when the Cunard liner SS Slavonia is wrecked off the Azores

1910 – American singer and songwriter and musician Howlin’ Wolf is born

1915 – American novelist Saul Bellow is born

1916 – Mecca, under control of the Turks, falls to the Arabs during the Great Arab Revolt

1917 – Italian troops launch a renewed assault on Austro-Hungarian positions in the mountains of the Trentino region in northern Italy

1920 – The Republican convention in Chicago endorses women’s suffrage

1921 – Greek and English husband of Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is born

1922 – Actress and singer Judy Garland is born

1924 – The Italian socialist leader Giacomo Matteotti is kidnapped and assassinated by Fascists in Rome

1925 – Journalist Nat Hentoff is born

1925 – Tennessee adopts a new biology text book denying the theory of evolution

1926 – Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi dies

1928 – Children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak is born

1933 – American defense attorney F. Lee Bailey is born

1934 – English composer Frederick Delius dies

1935 – Two recovering alcoholics in New York City found Alcoholics Anonymous

1940 – The Norwegian army capitulates to the Germans

1940 – Italy declares war on France and Great Britain

1942 – Germany razes the town of Lidice, Czechoslovakia and kills more than 1,300 citizens in retribution of the murder of Reinhard Heydrich

1943 – The Allies begin bombing Germany around the clock

1944 – The US VII and V corps, advancing from Normandy’s beaches, link up and begin moving inland

1944 – 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest person ever to play MLB when he pitches in a game for the Cincinnati Reds

1948 – The news that the sound barrier has been broken is finally released to the public by the US Air Force.  Chuck Yeager, piloting the rocket airplane X-1, exceeded the speed of sound on October, 14, 1947

1953 – President Dwight Eisenhower strikes back at critics of his Cold War foreign policy, insisting the US was committed to the worldwide battle against communist and that he would maintain a strong US defense

1953 – Politician and lawyer John Edwards is born

1963 – Buddhist monk Ngo Quang Duc dies by self immolation in Saigon to protest persecution by the Diem government

1965 – Viet Cong begin a mortar attack on the district capital of Dong, Xoai, northwest of Saigon

1967 – American actor Spencer Tracy dies

1968 – General William Westmoreland gives a farewell press conference in Saigon

1970 – A 15-man group of special forces troops begin training for Operation Kingpin, a POW rescue mission in North Vietnam

1979 – Actor Paul Newman finishes second in the famous endurance race held annually in Le Mans, France

1980 – The African National Congress makes a public statement by Nelson Mandela, the long imprisoned leader of the anti-apartheid movement: “United! Mobilise! Fight on! Between the anvil of the united mass action and the hammer of the armed struggle we shall crush apartheid!”

1982 – German actor, director and screenwriter Rainer Werner Fassbinder dies

1985 – The Israeli army pulls out of Lebanon after 1,099 days of occupation

1990 – Member of the rap band 2LiveCrew were arrested on public obscenity charges after performing material from their album As Nasty As They Wanna Be in a Hollywood, Florida nightclub

1991 – 14,500 personnel are evacuated in anticipation of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. 

1999 – Serb forces begin their withdrawal from Kosovo after signing an agreement with the NATO powers

2002 – Clint Messina, 21, of Lacombe, Louisiana, is arrested and charged in the attempted murder of a police officer after driving into a patrol car while attempting to flee from sheriff’s deputies.  Authorities soon discovered that he was already a wanted man for the theft of a Krispy Kreme doughnut truck

2004 – American singer, songwriter, pianist and actor Ray Charles, dies

2007 – The last episode of HBO’s critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning Mob-family drama The Sopranos, airs its last episode


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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