10th June

Born on this Day 10th June
1657 James Cragg the Elder
1706 John Dollond
1911 Sir Terence Rattigan
1922 Judy Garland
1923 Robert Maxwell
1915 Saul Bellow
1921 HRH Prince Philip
1926 Lionel Jefferies
1941 Shirley Owens
1961 Maxi Priest
1965 Elizabeth Hurley
1966 David Platt
1984 Dean Leacock

Died on this Day
1727 King George I
1993 Les Dawson
2004 Ray Charles


1972 Elvis Presley played his first New York concert. The event was recorded and later released as the album ‘Elvis as Recorded at Madison Square Garden’.

1977 The Clash’s Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were each fined £5 for spraying the band’s name on a wall.

1989 Madonna scored her 18th British top 5 hit with ‘Express Yourself’ a record for female vocalists.


1989 Wimbledon midfield player Vinny Jones was to join second division Leeds United for £650,000.

1991 England beat the West Indies at home for the first time in 22 years, with a 115 run victory.

People & Showbiz

1793 The Jardin des Plantes, the world’s first public zoo, was opened in Paris.

1983 The James Bond film ‘Octopussy’ starring Roger Moore, premiered in American cinemas.

1986 Irishman Bob Geldof was made an honorary knight by the Queen for his fundraising work.

General Events

1770 Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef.

1909 The SOS distress signal was used for the first time, when the liner SS Slavonia was wrecked off the Azores.

1935 Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in Akron, Ohio by William G. Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith.

1943 Ball-point pens, devised by Lazlo Biro from Hungary, were patented in the US.

1977 Martin Luther King’s assassin, James Earl Ray, escaped from jail in Tennessee with 6 others.(He was recaptured on the 13th).

1989 The first raven to be hatched at the Tower of London for nearly 300 years made its debut, which according to legend secured the future of the Tower.

1990 British Airways captain Timothy Lancaster was sucked out of his cockpit when the windscreen was blown out at 23,000 feet, leaving a steward to hold onto him by the leg as he held onto the nose of the plane for 18 minutes until the co-pilot made an emergency landing at Southampton.

1990 An 18 month old baby was injured when a bomb exploded beneath an animal researcher’s car in Bristol.

1991 America’s returning Gulf War veterans were hailed with the Mother of all Tickertape Parades in New York City.

2002 The first direct electronic communication experiment between the nervous systems of two humans is carried out by Kevin Warwick in the United Kingdom.

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