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July 10: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on July 10

July 10th celebrates Piña Colada Day and Don’t Step On A Bee Day.

Welcome to day 191 of 365! We’re still 174 days away from celebrating the new year, but we’ve gotta look forward to something right?

Those of you who were born on this day share the Cancer star sign.

If today is the day that you celebrate your birthday, or if you simply want to know more about August 15, then we welcome you to check out the facts about this day, as well as a timeline of historical events that all happened on this day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1962, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested? The arrest was for a desegregation demonstration he’d been involved in half a year earlier.

Keep reading for more facts about July 10th in history!

What Happened On July 10 In History?


The British newspaper, News of the World, published its last-ever edition following a phone-hacking scandal.

After 168 years in print, the newspaper came to an end after the owner Rupert Murdoch received a high amount of criticism after his staff was accused of phone hacking and police bribing to obtain the newspapers' stories.

A chemical factory in Seveso, near Milan, Italy, exploded on this day, covering surrounding areas in dioxin.

The chemical factory produced cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, and when a chemical reactor exploded, a cloud of dioxin spread across neighboring towns, causing terrible health implications on residents. If exposed to high levels of dioxin, you can increase your risk of developing cancer, you can experience developmental problems, and it can affect your immune system.
Source NCBI

The Beatles album “VI” topped the Billboard charts at #1, and stayed there for six weeks.


Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for a demonstration he was involved in during December 1961.


Nazi forces made a move on Britain for the first time after attacking shipping containers in the English Channel.


Aviator, Howard Hughes started his around the world flight.

OTD in 1938: Aviator
The journey began and ended at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York and took him 91 hours to complete.
Source NY Times

West Virginia had its hottest day on record at a sweltering 112°F (44°C).


The Scopes Monkey Trial took place in Dayton, Tennessee.

OTD in 1925: The Scopes Monkey Trial took place in Dayton
The trial occurred due to the fact that science teacher John T. Scopes taught evolution in his classroom. At the time, this was in violation of the Butler Act, a law that prohibited public school teachers from denying the Biblical account of mankind's origin.

Louis XVI of France declared war on Great Britain during the American Revolution.


Lady Jane Grey began her 9-day reign as the Queen of England, France, and Ireland.

After Edward VI died, his will stated that Lady Jane Grey should become queen. However, King Henry VIII's daughter Mary had countless supporters, despite her claim to the throne being labelled as illegitimate. The Privy Council of England changed sides and announced that Mary was the rightful heir to the throne. Mary was proclaimed queen on July 19 1553.
48 BC

The Battle of Dyrrhachium occurred.

The battle happened during Caesar's Civil War. The fight was between Julius Caesar and Gnaeus Pompey. Pompey was victorious on this day and up to 6,000 lives were lost.