Time is an unforgiving master, and we are all subject to its relentless passage. But have you ever wondered what happened on this particular day in history? What if you had a crystal ball and could look back on every July 10th of your life thus far and see what you did, and how far you’ve come? While we can’t give you anything that personalized, we can offer you a breakdown of what incredible, world-shattering happenings took place on this day in history.
Famous Events on This Day in History
- In 1040, Lady Godiva allegedly rode naked through the streets of Coventry to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes.
- King Louis the 16th declared war on England as support for the American Revolution, but mostly, to be a thorn in England’s side.
- In 1913, Death Valley recorded the highest ever temperature on Earth. Death Valley reached a staggering 134 degrees Fahrenheit on July 10th.
- In 1940, the Battle of Britain commenced, when the German air force, the Luftwaffe, launched their terrifying and relentless campaign against Great Britain.
- In 1962, the world’s first communication satellite, Telstar, was launched. The satellite was the culmination of collaborative efforts between the U.S., U.K., and France. The satellite transmitted the first televised images from space.
- In 1975, a famous singer and actress Cher filed for divorce from Gregg Allman after just ten days of marriage.
- The Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, sinks in 1985 after it was bombed while in a harbor in New Zealand. French operatives were later found out to be responsible for the attack.
- The American Episcopal Church became the first to approve a rite for blessing same-sex marriages.
Famous Birthdays on July 10th
1830: Camille Pissarro
Pissarro grew up in a well-to-do Jewish family in Saint Thomas of the West Indies. As a young man, he married his family’s non-Jewish servant, was shunned, and ran away with her to Europe, where they became the proud parents of six children. Pissarro is known as the father of the Impressionist movement, with other such famous members as Claude Monet, Gauguin, and Berthe Morisot.
1856: Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla was a famous Serbian-American engineer, inventor, and futurist. His contributions to the design of the modern electricity system we enjoy today are unparalleled, and we have him to thank for alternating current. Nikola Tesla wanted to harness the Earth’s natural magnetic field to bring free energy for all of humanity. You could argue that he was the world’s greatest humanitarian. He lived most of his life alone in a series of hotel rooms, became friends with, and then was later betrayed by Thomas Edison, and died in poverty and relative obscurity.
1980: Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson is an American singer, songwriter, and actress from Abilene, Texas. She has been nominated for more than 100 awards for her contributions to the music scene and has won fifty of those nominations.
The emperor Hadrian died on this day and on that year – 138, in history. He rebuilt the Pantheon, but he is most famous for building a wall, called Hadrian’s Wall, which was used to mark the northern boundary of the Roman empire in what is now modern-day Britain.
A lot has happened on this day in history, July 10th, but this article doesn’t even begin to cover all of the profound changes that have occurred over the centuries in war, music, literature, and history. For a more detailed look at this day in history, check out this in-depth article.