10th July

Born on this Day 10th July
1509 John Calvin
1919 Ian Wallace
1954 Neil Tennant
1926 Fred Gwynne
1921 Jake Lamotta
1968 Jonathan Gilbert
1943 Arthur Ashe
1949 Sunil Gavaskar
1970 Jason Orange
1974 Chiwetel Ejiofor

Died on this day
138 Hadrian
1099 El Cid
1806 Mel Blanc


1964 200,000 people packed the route as The Beatles drove to the Liverpool City Centre for an official reception.

1979 Chuck Berry was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment for tax evasion.

1997 Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders married Colombian artist Lucho Brieva in London.


1938 Sean Kelly became the first Irish cyclist for 20 to take the overall lead in the Tour de France. Compatriot Stephen Roche took the white jersey as the best newcomer to the race.

1988 Ayrton Senna won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with Nigel Mansell finishing in second place.

1992 Paul Gascoigne turned down an estimated sum of £5 million for several advertisements for products including alcohol, cigarettes and condoms.

People & Showbiz

1040 Lady Godiva made her famous horse ride through Coventry as a dare from her husband, for which he reduced local taxes. Later legend added the peeping Tom, who disobeyed an order not to look at her and was struck blind.

1992 It was reported that the much-maligned BBC soap Eldorado was being beaten in the viewing polls by Des O’Connor’s outdated game show ‘Take Your Pick’ and ….

1993 The final episode of ‘Eldorado’ was broadcast on BBC television , drawing the show’s largest audiences.

1999 Issue 3006 of ‘The Dandy’ went on sale, making it the longest running comic of all time.

General Events

988 The city of Dublin is founded on the banks of the river Liffey.

1460 Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick defeats the king’s Lancastrian forces and takes King Henry VI prisoner in the Battle of Northampton.

1553 Lady Jane Grey became Queen after the death of Edward VI, a reign which lasted only 9 days before she was imprisoned by Queen Mary I.

1992 A 59 year old electrician was sentenced to 2 and a half years imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court where he was found guilty of forging banknotes with a Queen’s head watermark described as bearing a resemblance to Quasimodo.

1993 Scientists from the Forensic Science laboratory at Aldermaston, Berkshire, proved beyond doubt that the bones discovered in eastern Russia in 1991 were those of Tsar Nicholas II and his family.

1995 Land Rover became the fastest-growing car company in America, with sales of its vehicles outsripping increases of American and other foreign companies.

1995 According to the British Medical Association, Britain’s largest population of urban foxes would make rabies impossible to eradicate if the disease ever gained a foothold here.

1995 As the heatwave continued the Travellers Club in London allowed gentlemen to remove their jackets.

1997 British scientists announced that recent breakthroughs in technology had enabled them to gather DNA from the bones of Neanderthal man.Tests of the DNA showed tha he was not related to modern man at all, but instead died out while modern man flourished.

2002 At a Sotheby’s auction, Peter Paul Rubens’ painting The Massacre of the Innocents is sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Kenneth, Lord Thomson.

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