The Large Hadron Collider

On September 10

It’s time, once again, to turn back the pages in the history books, with This Day, That Age. Let’s take a look at September 10, and discuss some of the most important and meaningful historical events that occurred on this day.

September 10, 2008: The Large Hadron Collider Powers Up For The First Time

One of the most important events on this day in history was the first startup of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), by CERN in Switzerland on September 10, 2009. The LHC is the world’s largest particle accelerator – and its largest machine – and is built in a tunnel 175 meters beneath the France-Switzerland border, in a tunnel with a circumference of 17 miles.

The purpose of the Large Hadron Collider is to observe the interactions between elementary objects, and help answer questions about physics subjects like general relativity and quantum physics. 

While the LHC first went live on September 10, it did not experience regular use until November 20, 2009, due to an accident that damaged many of its superconducting magnets.

Observations And Celebrations

10 years after it was first turned on by CERN, the Large Hadron Collider celebrated its 10th birthday in 2018. In the intervening years, it has been involved in the discovery of the Higgs-Boson, and science enthusiasts regularly celebrate the anniversary of the first time it was powered up.

Other Famous Events On This Day In History 

1945: “Miracle Mike” The Headless Chicken Is Decapitated, Survives 18 Months

The Miracle Mike

A strange footnote of history, Miracle Mike the Headless Chicken was decapitated on September 10, 1945. Its head was removed, but his jugular vein and brain stem remained intact. Miracle Mike, though headless, was able to live for nearly 18 months, and was fed milk via an eyedropper – and used very profitably as a sideshow attraction until its death on March 17, 1947, due to choking on a kernel of corn.

1977: The Last Execution By Guillotine In France Is Performed

The Last Execution by Guillotine

Long into the 20th century, the guillotine was still the favored method of execution by the French Government. This method of execution was used for the last time on September 10, 1977, on Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian murderer who kidnapped and tortured his former girlfriend, 22-year old Élisabeth Bousquet.

1993: “The X-Files” Debuts On FOX

“The X-Files,” starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, is recognized as one of the most popular, famous, and influential science fiction drama shows of all time, and was one of the most highly-rated shows during its initial television run from 1993-2002. 

Famous Birthdays On September 10 

1890: Elsa Schiaparelli 

Elsa Schiaparelli was perhaps best known as the fashion rival of Coco Chanel, and was one of the most influential figures in world fashion between World War I and World War II. Her collaborators, the surrealists Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dali, heavily influenced her unique, fashion-forward designs. 

1929: Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer was one of the most well-regarded golfers in history, and one of the first superstars of golf’s television age. He, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, is credited with helping to commercialize and popularize the sport throughout the world in the 1960s and beyond. He’s also known for the drink that is his namesake – a 50/50 mix of iced tea and lemonade. 

1960: Colin Firth

Colin Firth

Colin Firth is an English actor who has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, two BAFTAs, and numerous other awards for his films such as “The King’s Speech,” “The English Patient,”  and “A Single Man.” 

It’s always a good thing to take some time to reflect on the past. From world-changing and monumental events, to smaller-scale events that entertain, amuse, and spark wonder, there’s always something to learn when we look at this day in history.

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