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35 events for 10 July:

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    1886 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 10th of July 0138

    Roman Emperor Hadrianus dies of feeble health at the age of 62 in Baiae, Campania, Italy.

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    440 Years Ago Today Finally His Head Should Be Cut Off

    Tuesday 10th of July 1584

    Prince of Orange Willem de Zwijger aka William the Silent is shot dead by Burgundian Catholic Balthasar Gérard at the age of 51 in Prinsenhof, Delft, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.

    King of Spain Philip II offered a reward of 25,000 crowns to anyone who killed William, calling him a "pest on the whole of Christianity and the enemy of the human race". It was the first assassination by use of a handgun. Gérard was caught before he could escape Delft and was imprisoned. Gérard was tortured before his trial on 13 July, where he was sentenced to an execution brutal even by the standards of that time. The magistrates decreed that the right hand of Gérard should be burned off with a red-hot iron, that his flesh should be torn from his bones with pincers in six different places, that he should be quartered and disembowelled alive, that his heart should be torn from his chest and flung in his face and that finally his head should be cut off.

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    168 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 10th of July 1856

    Inventor, electrical engineer, physicist and futurist Nikola Tesla aka The Man who Invented the Twentieth Century is born in Parish Hall, Smiljan, Lika, Croatia.

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    158 Years Ago Today He was Circumcised

    Tuesday 10th of July 1866

    Surgeon and grafting pioneer Serge Abrahamovitch Voronoff is born in Voronezh, Voronezh Oblast, Russia.

    Voronoff's actual birth date is unknown, 10 July 1866 is the date of his circumcision in a synagogue.

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    153 Years Ago Today Il Venait à la Recherche du Temps Perdu

    Monday 10th of July 1871

    Writer Marcel Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Proust is born in Auteuil, Île-de-France, France.

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    151 Years Ago Today He Injured His Left Wrist

    Thursday 10th of July 1873

    19-year-old Arthur Jean Nicolas Rimbaud is shot by poet Paul Verlaine in A la Ville de Courtrai, Rue des Brasseurs 1, Brussel, Brabant, Belgium.

    At 9am Verlaine went to No. 11 of the Galerie de la Reine to obtain a weapon and ammunition from the gunsmith Montigny. In an English tavern located at No. 7 rue des Chartreux, he conscientiously closed a few glasses of absinthe, before finding Rimbaud at the hotel on rue des Brasseurs, where he exhibited his loaded weapon. Around noon, the two friends went to empty a few chopines at the Maison des Brasseurs located in Grand-Place and then returned to their homes. Rimbaud his decision to leave Verlaine was inevitable. Exasperated by such determination Verlaine locked the door of the room and shot at close range at Rimbaud, whom he injured his left wrist.

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    136 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 10th of July 1888

    Surrealist artist Giorgio de Chirico is born in Volos, Thessalía, Greece.

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    134 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 10th of July 1890

    Wyoming is admitted as 44th of the United States in Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States.

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    129 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 10th of July 1895

    Composer Carl Heinrich Maria Orff known for his cantata Carmina Burana is born in München, Bayern, Germany.

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    105 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 10th of July 1919

    Multiple murderer Henry Perry aka Beckett, the Lodger from Hell is executed by hanging by John Ellis at the age of 38 in HM Prison Pentonville, Caledonian Road, London, Islington, Greater London, United Kingdom.

    Perry murdered 48-year-old Walter Cornish, his 43-year-old wife Alice and their two daughters 15-year-old Alice and 6-year-old Marie at 13 Stukeley Road, Forest Gate, London on 28 April 1919.

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    99 Years Ago Today He Remained Silent

    Friday 10th of July 1925

    31-year-old Spiritual master Meher Baba aka Avatar decides to keep silent for the rest of his life in Meherabad, Maharashtra, India.

    Baba was communicating first by use of chalk and slate, then by an alphabet board and later by self-styled hand gestures. In January 1927 he gave up writing with pen or pencil also.

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    88 Years Ago Today She Kissed His Cyanide Lips

    Friday 10th of July 1936

    Murderer Frank Rascon is executed by the gas chamber at the age of 26 in Arizona State Prison Complex, 1305 E Butte Avenue, Florence, Arizona, United States.

    When the gas chamber was cleared of gas Rascon's wife Ramona threw herself upon his body and kissed his lips. She became seriously ill from the cyanide contamination on her mouth.

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    78 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 10th of July 1946

    Actress Sue Suellyn Lyon known for her role as ‘Lolita’ in Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film is born in Davenport, Iowa, United States.

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    77 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 10th of July 1947

    Singer-songwriter Arlo Davy Guthrie is born in New York, Brooklyn, New York, United States.

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    73 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 10th of July 1951

    Serial killer Donato Bilancia aka Il Mostro della Liguria is born in Potenza, Basilicata, Italy.

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    66 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 10th of July 1958

    The heaviest human being recorded in the history of the world Robert Earl Hughes dies of uremia at the age of 32 in Baylis, Illinois, United States.

    At the age of six Hughes weighed about 92 kilograms (200 lb); at ten, he weighed 171 kilograms (380 lb). By the time of his death, he weighed almost half a ton.

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    62 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 10th of July 1962

    The Telstar satellite is shot into space on top of a Thor-Delta rocket in Space Launch Complex 17, Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States.

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    54 Years Ago Today

    Friday 10th of July 1970

    30-year-old Serial rapist and murderer Mike James Mitchell DeBardeleben aka The Lethal Shadow marries 18-year-old Caryn in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States.

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    51 Years Ago Today It Was not a Ploy

    Tuesday 10th of July 1973

    17-year-old Playboy John Paul Getty is kidnapped in Piazza Farnese, Rome, Lazio, Italy.

    A ransom note was received, demanding $17 million in exchange for Getty's safe return. When that ransom message arrived, some family members suspected the kidnapping was merely a ploy by the rebellious youngster as he had frequently joked about staging his own kidnapping to extract money from his frugal grandfather.

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    48 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 10th of July 1976

    Approximately six tonnes of chemicals including the poisonous TCDD are released during an industrial accident in ICMESA Plant, Seveso, Lombardia, Italy.

    Within days a total of 3.300 animals, mostly poultry and rabbits, were found dead. 1.600 people of all ages had been examined and 447 were found to suffer from skin lesions or chloracne.

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    47 Years Ago Today They Heard Her Feeble Cries

    Sunday 10th of July 1977

    42-year-old Maureen Long is attacked with a hammer by serial killer Peter Sutcliffe aka The Yorkshire Ripper in Bowling Back Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

    Long was discovered at 8:30 in the morning when two women walking near the waste ground heard her feeble cries, which they first thought sounded like a baby whimpering. Her girdle, pants and tights had been pulled down. She had suffered one blow to the back of the head and stab wounds to her chest, stomach, and back, including one slashing stab wound from her breasts to below her navel.

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    45 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 10th of July 1979

    26-year-old Serial killer David Richard Berkowitz aka Son of Sam is attacked with a razor, almost cutting his throat, by an unidentified fellow-inmate in Attica Prison, Attica, New York, United States.

    Berkowitz refused to identify the person(s) who had attacked him with a knife but suggested that the act was directed by the cult he once belonged to. He bears a permanent scar from the wound that took 56 stitches to close.

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    42 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 10th of July 1982

    18-year-old Elsbet Warnecke is attacked and raped by serial killer Thomas Rath aka Der Moormörder in Bremen, Freie Hansestadt Bremen, Germany.

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    40 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 10th of July 1984

    13-year-old Dmitriy Illarionov is stabbed to death by serial killer Andrei Chikatilo aka The Rostov Ripper in Rostov, Rostov Oblast, Russia.

    Illarionov's body was found in a cornfield on 12 August.

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    38 Years Ago Today She Didn't Know Whether She Could Bear This

    Thursday 10th of July 1986

    Miss Hungary 1985 Csilla Andrea Molnár commits suicide by an overdose of Lidocaine at the age of 17 in Fonyód, Dél-Dunántúl, Hungary.

    Molnár complained of being harassed by the public saying, "I don't know whether I can bear this, everybody is harassing me. They ask: Where and from whom did you get those beautiful clothes? Who helped you? Do you or your father have special connections with the jury? And so on." She was the first Hungarian beauty queen after a 50-year interval.

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    32 Years Ago Today

    Friday 10th of July 1992

    Chief executioner Albert Pierrepoint dies of natural causes at the age of 87 in Southport, Merseyside, United Kingdom.

    Pierrepoint executed at least 433 men and 17 women, including some 200 Nazi war criminals.

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    27 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 10th of July 1997

    52-year-old Serial killer Arthur John Shawcross aka The Genesee River Killer marries his long time sweetheart Clara Neal in the visiting room in Sullivan Correctional Facility, Fallsburg, New York, United States.

    Shawcross used Neal's car to pick up, have sex with, and then kill his victims. According to the institution's policy, the newlyweds will be able to enjoy conjugal visits.

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    24 Years Ago Today

    Monday 10th of July 2000

    218 die in garbage dump collapse in Payatas, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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    24 Years Ago Today

    Monday 10th of July 2000

    250 die in leaking petroleum pipeline explosion and fire in Jesse, Delta State, Nigeria.

    Villagers had been scavenging gasoline.

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    20 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 10th of July 2004

    Noise music band Club Moral play their 102nd concert in Club Zero, Monheimsallee 44, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

  • 20 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Saturday 10th of July 2004

    The audience warming up for our 'How Reliable is the Brain?' performance with Club Moral in Club Zero, Monheimsallee 44, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

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    16 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 10th of July 2008

    Serial killer Ahmad Suradji aka The Sorcerer is executed by the firing squad at the age of 59 in Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia.

    Suradji told police that he had a dream in 1986 in which his father's ghost directed him to drink the saliva of 70 dead, young women, so that he could become a mystic healer.

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    10 Years Ago Today He Was Not Alive

    Thursday 10th of July 2014

    Conceptual artist On Kawara dies of natural causes at the age of 81 in New York City, New York, United States.

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    9 Years Ago Today

    Friday 10th of July 2015

    Actor Omar Sharif dies of a heart attack at the age of 83 in Caïro, Al Qahirah, Egypt.

    In May 2015 it was reported that Sharif was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

  • 9 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Friday 10th of July 2015

    A lonely tree fighting the wind in Capo d'Orlando, Sicilia, Italy.

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