On this History Day – July 10 – Almanac
Today is Saturday July 10, the 191st day of 2021 with 174 to follow.
The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, and Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Venus.
People born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include the Protestant theologian Jean Calvin in 1509; author / abolitionist Solomon Northup in 1808; the Franco-Danish artist Camille Pissarro in 1830; the painter James Whistler in 1834; the German brewer Adolphus Busch in 1839; inventor Nikola Tesla in 1856; the French novelist Marcel Proust in 1871; educator Mary McLeod Bethune in 1875; television news anchor / commentator David Brinkley in 1920; social activist Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1921; boxer Jake LaMotta in 1921; former New York Mayor David Dinkins in 1927; the author Alice Munro in 1931 (90 years old); musician Ronnie James Dio in 1942; tennis star Arthur Ashe in 1943; actor Ron Glass in 1945; actor Sue Lyon in 1946; folk singer Arlo Guthrie in 1947 (74); actor Phyllis Smith in 1951 (70); Baseball Hall of Fame member Andre Dawson in 1954 (67); actor Fiona Shaw in 1958 (63); Urban Meyer football coach in 1964 (57); country singer Gary Levox in 1970 (51); singer / TV personality Erika Jayne, born Erika Girardi, in 1971 (50); the actor Sofia Vergara in 1972 (49 years old); actor Adrian Grenier in 1976 (45); actor / singer Jessica Simpson in 1980 (41); actor Isabela Merced in 2001 (20 years old).
At this date in history:
In 1925, the so-called Ape Trial, in which John Scopes was accused of teaching evolution in school, a violation of state law, began in Dayton, Tenn., Featuring a classic showdown between William Jennings Bryan, the three-time candidate and fundamentalist hero, and legendary defense lawyer Clarence Darrow.
In 1962, the United States put into orbit the first telecommunications satellite, Telstar, which relayed television images between the United States and Europe.
In 1985, Coca-Cola, besieged by consumers dissatisfied with the new Coke introduced in April, dusted off the old formula and called it “Coca-Cola Classic”.
In 1989, Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and countless other cartoon characters from Warner Bros. and comic book creations on radio and television, died of heart disease. He was 81 years old.
In 1991 Boris Yeltsin was invested as the first freely elected president of the Russian republic.
In 1992, the former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison for cocaine racketeering.
In 2009, General Motors ended its bankruptcy race with the signing of a contract with the US government, which won 61% of the company. The stimulus plan called for a significant contraction, including the closing of factories and the sacking of 21,000 unionized workers.
In 2011, Media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, Britain’s best-selling weekly, abruptly ceased publication amid allegations that its journalists and investigators had hacked the phones of royalty, politicians, celebrities, homicide victims, families of fallen soldiers and others to illegally obtain material for stories.
In 2012, an Israeli court acquitted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of corruption but found him guilty of breach of trust. The charges stemmed from a period before he was prime minister.
In 2018, divers rescued the last of 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand, where they had been trapped for more than two weeks.
In 2019, Forbes ranked Taylor Swift as the highest-paid artist for 2019, with Kylie Jenner in second and Kanye West in third.
Thought of the day: French novelist Marcel Proust once said: “As long as men are free to ask what they owe, free to say what they think, free to think what they want, freedom cannot never be lost … ”.