Today in History: July 10, the Battle of Britain begins

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Today in History

Today is Sunday, July 10, the 191st day of 2022. There are 174 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On July 10, 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began when the Luftwaffe began attacking southern England. (The Royal Air Force ultimately won the victory.)

To this date :

In 1509, the theologian Jean Calvin, a key figure in the Protestant Reformation, was born in Noyon, Picardy, France.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY’) to the Senate and requested its ratification. (However, the Senate rejected it.)

In 1925, jury selection took place in Dayton, Tennessee, at the trial of John T. Scopes, accused of breaking the law by teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. (Scopes was found guilty and fined, but the verdict was overturned on a technicality.)

In 1929, the size of US paper money was reduced when the government began issuing notes about 25% smaller.

In 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean War began in Kaesong.

In 1985, the Greenpeace protest ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk with explosives in Auckland, New Zealand by French intelligence agents; one activist was killed.

In 1991 Boris N. Yeltsin was sworn in as the first elected President of the Russian Republic. President George HW Bush has lifted economic sanctions against South Africa.

In 2002, the House approved, 310-113, a measure allowing airline pilots to carry weapons in the cockpit to defend their planes against terrorists (President George W. Bush later signed the measure).

In 2005, a search and rescue team found the body of a missing American commando in eastern Afghanistan, ending a desperate search for the last member of an ill-fated four-man special forces unit that the previous one had disappeared. month.

In 2015, to the cheers of thousands, South Carolina removed the Confederate flag from its place of honor in the Statehouse after more than 50 years.

In 2018, a daring rescue mission in Thailand was carried out as the last four of 12 boys who were trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks were brought to safety along with their football coach; the other eight had been released in the previous two days.

In 2020, President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening extraordinarily in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and involved Trump’s own conduct; the move came days before Stone began serving a 40-month sentence for lying to Congress, tampering with witnesses and obstructing the House investigation into whether Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with the Russia.

Ten years ago: Colliding with the economy, President Barack Obama challenged Mitt Romney to join him in authorizing tax hikes for wealthy Americans like them; Romney dismissed the idea and redirected accusations that he, Romney, sent jobs overseas when he worked in private equity, calling Obama a true “chief contractor.” An Israeli court cleared former prime minister Ehud Olmert of charges in a multi-case corruption trial that forced him out of power, but found him guilty of a lesser charge of abuse of power. trust, for which Olmert received a one-year suspended prison sentence. The National League took an 8-0 win over the American League in the All-Star Game.

Five years ago: Donald Trump Jr. admitted to agreeing to meet with a Russian lawyer during his father’s presidential campaign in the hope that he would receive information about Democrat Hillary Clinton. Fifteen Marines and one Navy member were killed when a Marine Corps supply and cargo plane crashed into a Mississippi soybean field.

A year ago: A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee was hoisted from its stone pedestal in Charlottesville, Va., and transported to a warehouse along with a statue of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson; Lee’s monument had become a rallying cry for white supremacists, leading to a deadly rally in 2017 in which a peaceful counter-protester was killed. Ash Barty won Wimbledon for her second Grand Slam title, fending off a return bid from Karolina Pliskova to win 6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3; she was the first Australian woman to capture Wimbledon since Evonne Goolagong in 1980.

Today’s birthdays: Actor William Smithers turns 95. Actor Lawrence Pressman is 83 years old. Singer Mavis Staples is 83 years old. Actor Mills Watson is 82 years old. Actor Robert Pine is 81 years old. Rock musician Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) is 79 years old. Wade is 77 years old. Folk singer Arlo Guthrie is 75 years old. Rock musician Dave Smalley is 73 years old. Country folk singer-songwriter Cheryl Wheeler is 71 years old. Rock singer Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys) is 68. Banjo player Bela Fleck is 64 years old. Shaw is 64 years old. Bluegrass singer-musician Tim Surrett (Balsam Range) is 59 years old. Actor Alec Mapa is 57 years old. Country singer-songwriter Ken Mellons is 57 years old. Rock musician Peter DiStefano (Porn for Pyros) is 57 years old. Actor Gale Harold is 53 years old. Country singer Gary LeVox (leh-VOH’) (Rascal Flatts) is 52 years old. Actor Aaron D. Spears is 51 years old. Actress Sofia Vergara is 50 years old. Rockabilly singer Imelda May is 48 years old. Actor Adrian Grenier (grehn-YAY’) is 46 years old. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (CHOO’-ih-tehl EHJ’-ee-oh-for) is 45 years old. Actor Gwendoline Yeo is 45 years old. Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas is 42 years old. Singer-actress Jessica Simpson is 42 years old. Actress Heather Hemmens is 38 years old. Actress Emily Skeggs (TV: “When We Rise”) is 32 years old. Rapper/singer Angel Haze is 31 years old. Pop singer Perrie Edwards (Little Mix) is 29 years old. .

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