Today in History: September 10. What Happened This Day In History

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Today in History

September 10
1419   John the Fearless is murdered at Montereau, France, by supporters of the dauphine.
1547   The Duke of Somerset leads the English to a resounding victory over the Scots at Pinkie Cleugh.
1588   Thomas Cavendish returns to England, becoming the third man to circumnavigate the globe.
1623   Lumber and furs are the first cargo to leave New Plymouth in North America for England.
1813   The nine-ship American flotilla under Oliver Hazard Perry wrests naval supremacy from the British on Lake Erie by capturing or destroying a force of six English vessels.
1846   Elias Howe patents the first practical sewing machine in the United States.
1855   Sevastopol, under siege for nearly a year, capitulates to the Allies during the Crimean War.
1861   Confederates at Carnifex Ferry, Virginia, fall back after being attacked by Union troops. The action is instrumental in helping preserve western Virginia for the Union.
1912   J. Vedrines becomes the first pilot to break the 100 m.p.h. barrier.
1914   The six-day Battle of the Marne ends, halting the German advance into France.
1923   In response to a dispute with Yugoslavia, Mussolini mobilizes Italian troops on Serb front.
1961   Jomo Kenyatta returns to Kenya from exile, during which he had been elected president of the Kenya National African Union.
1963   President John F. Kennedy federalizes Alabama’s National Guard to prevent Governor George C. Wallace from using guardsmen to stop public-school desegregation.
1967   Gibraltar votes to remain a British dependency instead of becoming part of Spain.
1974   Guinea-Bissau (Portuguese Guinea) gains independence from Portugal.
1981   Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica is returned to Spain and installed in Madrid’s Prado Museum. Picasso stated in his will that the painting was not to return to Spain until the Fascists lost power and democracy was restored.
2001   Contestant Charles Ingram cheats on the British version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, wins 1 million pounds.
2003   Sweden’s foreign minister, Anna Lindh, is stabbed while shopping and dies the next day.
2007   Nawaz Sharif, former prime minister of Pakistan, returns after 7 years in exile, following a military coup in October 1999.
2008   The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator—described as the biggest scientific experiment in history—is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.

Born on September 10

1487   Julius III, Italian poet who promoted the Jesuits.
1754   William Bligh, British naval officer who was the victim of two mutinies, the most famous on the HMS Bounty which was taken over by Fletcher Christian.
1847   John Roy Lynch, first African American to deliver the keynote address at a Republican National Convention.
1885   Carl Van Doren, historian and critic who won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography on Benjamin Franklin.
1892   Arthur Compton, physicist.
1929   Arnold Palmer, golfer who won four Masters, two British Opens and one U.S. Open.
1934   Charles Kuralt, journalist, known for his popular "On the Road" television program.
1935   Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
1941   Stephen Jay Gould, paleontologist, biologist and writer of popular books about science such as Time’s Cycle and The Panda’s Thumb.
1941   Gunpei Yokoi, inventor of Game Boy.
1945   Jose Feliciano, guitarist, singer, songwriter.
1948   Margaret Trudeau, actress (Kings and Desperate Men), author, photographer.
1949   Bill O’Reilly, TV host (The O’Reilly Factor), author.
1950   Rosie Flores, singer, musician.
1960   Colin Firth, Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor (The King’s Speech).