June 10th – This Day in History

June 10, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Events

1854 – The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, holds its first graduation.

1898 – U.S. Marines landed at Guantnamo Bay and for a month fought a land war in Cuba, ending Spanish colonial rule in the Western Hemisphere.

1940 – Italy declared war on France and Britain; Canada declared war on Italy. (World War II)

1940 – Norway surrendered to Nazi Germany.

1943 – The ball-point pen was patented in the U.S.A. by Laszlo Biro.

1946 – Italy replaced its abolished monarchy with a republic.

1954 – General Motors announced the first successful gas-turbine bus.

1967 – The Six-Day War ended as Israel and Syria agreed to observe a UN-mediated cease-fire.

2003 – The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission.

Spirit spun its wheels extremely slowly Tuesday in yet another attempt to extricate itself from the wheel-deep sand it has been stuck in since May 2009. Engineers are studying the results of that drive to decide which of the few remaining options to try next.

Notable Births

1840 – Henry Morton Stanley, American journalist and explorer.

1915 – Saul Bellow, American novelist.

  • “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” 
  • “Live or die but don’t poison everything.” 
  • “Boredom is the shriek of unused capacities.” 

1922 – Judy Garland (Frances Gumm), American singer, actress.

1923 – Robert Maxwell, Czechoslovak-born English publisher.

1928 – Maurice Sendak, American illustrator and writer.

1933 – F. Lee Bailey, American defense attorney.

1964 – Jimmy Chamberlin, American musician.

1965 – Elizabeth Hurley, British actress.

Notable Deaths

1967 – Spencer Tracy, American film actor.

1976 – Adolph Zukor, Hungarian-born producer, and founder of Paramount Pictures.

2002 – John Gotti, American mobster and boss of the Gambino Crime Family.

 2004 – Ray Charles, American singer, pianist, composer.

2005 – Curtis Pitts, American aircraft designer.

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