July 10th

2012
The American Episcopal Church becomes the first to approve a rite for blessing gay marriages.
Blessing of same-sex unions in Christian churches
2003
Spain opened its first mosque (in Granada) since the Moors were expelled in 1492.
Morisco
1995
Myanmar activist Aung San Suu Kyi was released after six years of house arrest.
Aung San Suu Kyi
1991
Boris Yeltsin sworn in as 1st elected President of the Russian Federation.
First inauguration of Boris Yeltsin
1989
Mel Blanc, the “man of a thousand voices,” including such cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig, died in Los Angeles.
Mel Blanc
1985
Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, sinks. The ship was in harbor in New Zealand when it was bombed and sunk, killing Fernando Pereira, a photographer who was aboard the ship. It was found out later that French government operatives were responsible for the incident.
Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior
1973
The Bahamas became independent from Great Britain.
The Bahamas
1967
New Zealand adopts new currency. The New Zealand pound was replaced by the New Zealand dollar. The denominations of the new currency followed a decimal system.
New Zealand dollar
1962
Telstar, the world's first communication satellite is launched in space. The satellite, made by a collaboration between organizations in the U.S., the U.K., and France, transmitted the first live television images in the world.
Telstar
1951
Armistice talks to end the Korean War began at Kaesong.
Korean Armistice Agreement
1940
Battle of Britain. The German air force or Luftwaffe launched an air campaign against England. It was one of the first battles during the Second World War fought entirely between air forces and it ended a few months later with a British victory.
Battle of Britain
1913
Death Valley, U.S experiences the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Measurements showed that the temperature had reached a whopping 134°F or 56.7°C!
Death Valley
1890
Wyoming became the 44th state in the United States.
Wyoming
1778
American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.
France in the American Revolutionary War