On This Day In History, 10 July

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World Events Today

  • The Greenpeace ship the Rainbow Warrior was sunk by the French foreign intelligence services today in 1985, it was reportedly on its way to a protest against a planned French nuclear test
  • After changing the formula less than 3 months previously, Coca-Cola gave in to protests and returned to the old formula, today in 1985
  • Boris Yeltsin, a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, became the first President of Russia today in 1991

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American golfer Lee Trevino won the 100th Open Championship today in 1971, at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport
  • The debut album Parachutes, by the British rock band Coldplay, which included hits such as Yellow and Trouble, was released today in 2000
  • In extra-time, Portugal beat the hosts France 1-0 today in 2016, to win the UEFA European Football Championship

Family Events Today

  • The football manager Don Revie, in charge of Leeds from 1961 until 1974 and then England until 1977, was born today in 1927 in Middlesbrough
  • The legendary English snooker player Joe Davis, OBE, who won the first 15 World Championships between 1927 and 1946, died today in 1978 aged 77
  • Michel Dimitri Chalhoub, better known as the Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, star of Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, died today in 2015 aged 83

Main Event Today

  • The Battle of Britain of World War II, in which the Royal Air Force defended the United Kingdom against large-scale attacks by the Nazi Germany air force, the Luftwaffe, started today in 1940

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Pina Colada Day

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