On This Day in History September 10

September 10 – Events:

  • 506 – The bishops of Visigothic Gaul meet in the Council of Agde.
  • 1419 – John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy is assassinated by adherents of the Dauphin, the future Charles VII of France.
  • 1608 – John Smith is elected council president of Jamestown, Virginia.
  • 1776 – American Revolutionary War: Nathan Hale volunteers to spy.
  • 1798 – At the Battle of St. George’s Caye, British Honduras defeats Spain.
  • 1813 – The U.S. defeats the British Fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.
  • 1823 – Simón Bolívar is named President of Peru.
  • 1846 – Elias Howe gets a patent for the sewing machine.
  • 1858 – George Mary Searle discovers the asteroid 55 Pandora.
  • 1897 – Lattimer Massacre – a sheriff’s posse kills twenty unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania, United States.
  • 1898 – Empress Elizabeth of Austria is assassinated by Luigi Lucheni.
  • 1919 – Austria and the Allies sign the Treaty of Saint-Germain recognizing the independence of Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.
  • 1927 – France had its first Davis Cup win, though it had competed since 1905.
  • 1932 – The New York City Subway’s third competing subway system, the municipally-owned IND, is opened.
  • 1939 – World War II: The submarine HMAS Oxley is mistakenly sunk by the submarine HMS Triton near Norway and becomes the Royal Navy’s first loss.
  • 1939 – Canada declares war on Nazi Germany, joining France, the UK, New Zealand and Australia in the Allies.
  • 1942 – World War II: The British carry out an amphibious landing on Madagascar to re-launch Allied offensive operations in the Madagascar Campaign.
  • 1943 – World War II: German forces begin their occupation of Rome.
  • 1951 – United Kingdom began an economic boycott of Iran.
  • 1961 – Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his Ferrari.
  • 1963 – 20 African-American students enter public schools in Alabama.
  • 1967 – The people of Gibraltar vote to remain a British dependency rather than becoming part of Spain.
  • 1972 – The United States loses its first international basketball game in a disputed match against the Soviet Union at Munich, Germany.
  • 1974 – Guinea-Bissau gains independence from Portugal.
  • 1976 – A British Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident and an Inex-Adria DC-9 collide near Zagreb, Yugoslavia, killing 176.
  • 1977 – Last execution by Guillotine in France. Hamida Djandoubi, convicted for torture and murder.
  • 1990 – The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire – the largest church in Africa is consecrated by Pope John Paul II.
  • 2002 – Switzerland, noted as a neutral country, joins the United Nations.
  • 2007 – Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returns to Pakistan after seven years in exile, following a military coup in October 1999.
  • 2007 – The Premier of the Australian state of Queensland, Peter Beattie, announced he would resign from the top job on September 13.

September 10 – Birthdays:

  • 1169 – Alexius II Comnenus, Byzantine Emperor (d. 1183)
  • 1487 – Pope Julius III (d. 1555)
  • 1550 – Alonso de Guzmán El Bueno, 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia, commander of the Spanish Armada (d. 1615)
  • 1561 – Hernando Arias de Saavedra, Spanish colonial governor (d. 1634)
  • 1588 – Nicholas Lanier, English composer (d. 1666)
  • 1624 – Thomas Sydenham, English physician (d. 1689)
  • 1638 – Maria Theresa of Spain, queen of Louis XIV of France (d. 1683)
  • 1659 – Henry Purcell, English composer (d. 1695)
  • 1714 – Niccolò Jommelli, Italian composer (d. 1774)
  • 1758 – Hannah Webster Foster, American author (d. 1840)
  • 1786 – Nicolás Bravo, Mexican politician and soldier (d. 1854)
  • 1786 – William Mason, American politician (d. 1860)
  • 1788 – Jacques Boucher de Crèvecoeur de Perthes, French archaeologist (d. 1868)
  • 1801 – Marie Laveau, American Voodoo Practitioner (d. 1881)
  • 1836 – Joseph Wheeler, American General (d. 1906)
  • 1839 – Isaac Kauffman Funk, American publisher (d. 1912)
  • 1839 – Charles Peirce, American philosopher (d. 1914)
  • 1844 – Abel Hoadley, Australian confectioner (d. 1918)
  • 1852 – Alice Brown Davis, Seminole chief (d. 1935)
  • 1861 – Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and ceramist (d. 1941)
  • 1866 – Jeppe Aakjær, Danish writer (d. 1930)
  • 1871 – Charles Collett, GWR Chief mechanical engineer (d. 1952)
  • 1886 – Hilda Doolittle, American poet and novelist (d. 1961)
  • 1890 – Elsa Schiaparelli, French couturiere (d. 1973)
  • 1890 – Franz Werfel, Austrian-Bohemian novelist (d. 1945)
  • 1892 – Arthur Compton, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1962)
  • 1895 – Kavi Samrat Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Telugu writer (d. 1976).
  • 1896 – Ye Ting, Chinese military leader (d. 1946)
  • 1896 – Adele Astaire, American dancer and entertainer (d. 1981)
  • 1896 – Robert Taschereau, Canadian Governor General and chief justice (d. 1970)
  • 1897 – Hilde Hildebrand, German actress (d. 1976)
  • 1898 – Bessie Love, American actress (d. 1986)
  • 1898 – Waldo Semon, American inventor (d. 1999)
  • 1904 – Max Shachtman, American Trotskyist politician (d. 1972)
  • 1907 – Alva R. Fitch, United States Army Lt. General (d. 1989)
  • 1908 – Waldo Wedel, American Archaeologist(d. 1996)
  • 1914 – Robert Wise, American film director (d. 2005)
  • 1915 – Edmond O’Brien, American actor (d. 1985)
  • 1917 – Miguel Serrano, Chilean author and diplomat
  • 1918 – Rin Tin Tin, German shepherd dog (d. 1932)
  • 1920 – Fabio Taglioni, Italian motorcycle engineer (d. 2001)
  • 1922 – Yma Súmac, Peruvian singer
  • 1924 – Ted Kluszewski, Major League baseball player (d. 1988)
  • 1928 – Jean Vanier, Canadian disabilities advocate
  • 1929 – Arnold Palmer, American golfer
  • 1931 – Philip Baker Hall, American actor
  • 1932 – Bo Goldman, American screenwriter
  • 1933 – Yevgeny Khrunov, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 2000)
  • 1934 – Charles Kuralt, American journalist (d. 1997)
  • 1934 – Roger Maris, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1937 – Jared Diamond, American biologist and author
  • 1938 – Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer
  • 1941 – Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist (d. 2002)
  • 1941 – Christopher Hogwood, English conductor
  • 1941 – Gunpei Yokoi, Japanese inventor and video game designer (d. 1997)
  • 1942 – Danny Hutton, American singer (Three Dog Night)
  • 1943 – Eldridge Coleman (“Superstar” Billy Graham), American professional wrestler
  • 1943 – Daniel Truhitte, American actor
  • 1943 – Neale Donald Walsch, American author
  • 1944 – Sir Thomas Allen, English baritone
  • 1945 – Jose Feliciano, Puerto Rican singer
  • 1946 – Jim Hines, American athlete
  • 1946 – Don Powell, English drummer (Slade)
  • 1946 – Michèle Alliot-Marie, French politician
  • 1948 – Tony Gatlif, Algerian-born director
  • 1948 – Judy Geeson, English actress
  • 1948 – Bob Lanier, American basketball player
  • 1948 – Margaret Trudeau, former wife of Pierre Trudeau
  • 1948 – Zhang Chengzhi, Chinese writer
  • 1949 – Don Muraco, professional wrestler
  • 1949 – Bill O’Reilly, American journalist and commentator
  • 1950 – Joe Perry, American musician (Aerosmith)
  • 1952 – Vic Toews, Canadian politician
  • 1953 – Amy Irving, American actress
  • 1956 – Johnny Hickman, American musician (Cracker)
  • 1957 – Carol Decker, UK singer T’Pau
  • 1957 – Kate Burton, Swiss actress
  • 1958 – Chris Columbus, American film director
  • 1958 – Siobhan Fahey, Irish singer (Bananarama and Shakespear’s Sister)
  • 1959 – Peter Nelson, American actor
  • 1960 – Colin Firth, English actor
  • 1960 – David Lowery, American musician (Cracker)
  • 1963 – Randy Johnson, American baseball player
  • 1963 – Bill Stevenson, American music producer and musician
  • 1965 – Robin Goodridge, English rock drummer (Bush)
  • 1966 – Joe Nieuwendyk, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1968 – Big Daddy Kane, American rapper
  • 1968 – Guy Ritchie, British film director
  • 1969 – Jonathon Schaech, American actor
  • 1970 – Paula Kelley, musician
  • 1972 – Ghada Shouaa, Syrian athlete
  • 1972 – James Duval, American actor
  • 1972 – Bente Skari, Norwegian cross country skier
  • 1973 – Ferdinand Coly, Senegalese footballer
  • 1974 – Ryan Phillippe, American actor
  • 1974 – Mirko Filipovic, Croatian martial artist
  • 1974 – Ben Wallace, American basketball player
  • 1975 – Jonathan Hoenig, American investment advisor
  • 1975 – Sammy Knight, American football player
  • 1976 – Gustavo Kuerten, Brazilian tennis player
  • 1976 – Federico Gasperoni, San Marinese football player
  • 1977 – Danys Báez, Cuban baseball player
  • 1978 – Nish Selvadurai, Australian comedian
  • 1980 – Mikey Way, American bassist (My Chemical Romance)
  • 1980 – Roger Mason, Jr., American basketball player
  • 1981 – Tracy Ip, Miss Hong Kong 2005
  • 1982 – Travis Rice, American snowboarder
  • 1982 – Staffan Kronwall, Swedish hockey player
  • 1982 – Guillermo Israilevich, Argentinian-Israeli footballer
  • 1983 – Fernando Belluschi, Argentinian footballer
  • 1985 – James B Graham, English rugby player
  • 1986 – Ed Minton, musician (Elliot Minor)
  • 1988 – Jordan Staal, Canadian hockey player
  • 1989 – Sanjaya Malakar, American Idol contestant

September 10 – Deaths:

  • 210 BC – Qin Shi Huang, first emperor of China.
  • 918 – Count Baldwin II of Flanders (b. 865)
  • 954 – King Louis IV of France (b. 920)
  • 1167 – Empress Matilda, wife of Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1102)
  • 1197 – Henry II of Champagne (b. 1166)
  • 1217 – William de Reviers, 5th Earl of Devon
  • 1308 – Emperor Go-Nijo of Japan (b. 1285)
  • 1419 – John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy (assassinated) (b. 1371)
  • 1482 – Federico da Montefeltro, Italian Renaissance condottiero and patron of arts
  • 1519 – John Colet, English churchman and educator
  • 1559 – Anthony Denny, confidant of King Henry VIII of England (b. 1501)
  • 1591 – Richard Grenville, English soldier and explorer (b. 1542)
  • 1604 – William Morgan, Welsh Bible translator (b. 1545)
  • 1607 – Luzzasco Luzzaschi, Italian composer and organist (b. 1545)
  • 1669 – Henrietta Maria, queen of Charles I of England (b. 1609)
  • 1676 – Gerrard Winstanley, English religious reformer (b. 1609)
  • 1680 – Baldassare Ferri, Italian castrato (b. 1610)
  • 1749 – Émilie du Châtelet, French mathematician and physicist (b. 1706)
  • 1759 – Ferdinand Konšcak, Croatian explorer (b. 1703)
  • 1797 – Mary Wollstonecraft, English author (b. 1759)
  • 1801 – Jason Fairbanks, American murderer (b. 1780)
  • 1851 – Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American educator (b. 1787)
  • 1867 – Simon Sechter, Austrian composer (b. 1788)
  • 1898 – Elisabeth of Austria (assassinated) (b. 1837)
  • 1905 – Pete Browning, American baseball player (b. 1861)
  • 1915 – Charles Boucher de Boucherville, Premier of Quebec (b. 1822)
  • 1931 – Dmitri Egorov, Russian mathematician (b. 1869)
  • 1935 – Huey Long, American politician (b. 1893)
  • 1937 – Sergei Tretyakov, Russian writer (b. 1892)
  • 1948 – King Ferdinand of Bulgaria (b. 1861)
  • 1952 – Youssef Aftimus, Lebanese civil engineer and architect (b. 1866)
  • 1961 – Leo Carrillo, American actor (b. 1880)
  • 1961 – Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver (b. 1928)
  • 1965 – Father Divine, American religious leader (b. 1880)
  • 1966 – Emil Gumbel, German mathematician and pacifist (b. 1891)
  • 1971 – Pier Angeli, Italian actress (b. 1932)
  • 1975 – George Paget Thomson, English physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
  • 1976 – Dalton Trumbo, American writer (b. 1905)
  • 1978 – Ronnie Peterson, Swedish Formula One driver (b. 1944)
  • 1979 – Agostinho Neto, Angolan politician (b. 1922)
  • 1983 – Felix Bloch, Swiss-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
  • 1983 – John Vorster, Prime Minister of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • 1985 – Jock Stein, Scottish football player and manager (b. 1922)
  • 1991 – Jack Crawford, Australian tennis player (b. 1908)
  • 1995 – Charles Denner, French actor (b. 1926)
  • 1996 – Joanne Dru, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1996 – Hans List, Austrian scientist and inventor (b. 1896)
  • 1997 – Jack Adkisson, professional wrestler (b. 1929)
  • 1998 – Carl Forgione, British actor (b. 1944)
  • 1999 – Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor (b. 1927)
  • 2000 – Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah, Pakistani journalist and writer. (b. 1921)
  • 2001 – DJ Uncle Al (b.1969)
  • 2004 – Brock Adams, American politician (b. 1927)
  • 2005 – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, American guitarist and singer (b. 1924)
  • 2006 – Patty Berg, American female golf player (b. 1918)
  • 2006 – King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV of Tonga (b. 1918)
  • 2006 – Daniel Wayne Smith, son of Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith (b. 1986)
  • 2007 – Jane Wyman, American actress (b.1917)
  • 2007 – Anita Roddick, British Businesswoman (b.1942)
  • 2007 – Ted Stepien, former owner of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers (b. 1925)

September 10 – Holidays:

  • Gibraltar – National Day.
  • Teacher’s Day in China.
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