On This Day In History, 10 September


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World Events Today

  • The Gibraltar sovereignty referendum was held today in 1967, over 99% of the population voted to retain British sovereignty
  • Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian agricultural worker, was executed by guillotine today in 1977 in Marseille, France, he was the last person to be executed in Western Europe
  • The main building on Ellis Island, previously the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States, opened as a museum today in 1990

Entertainment Events Today

  • The science fiction television series X Files, starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, aired for the first time today in 1993 on the Fox network
  • After 7,485 performances, the musical Cats, by Andrew Lloyd Webber, closed on Broadway today in 2000
  • The Scottish tennis player Andy Murray beat the Serbian Novak Djokovic today in 2012 in the US Open Men’s Singles, it was his first Grand Slam title

Family Events Today

  • The American golfer Arnold Palmer, generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the sport’s history, was born today in 1929 in Pennsylvania
  • The English actor Colin Firth, CBE, who starred in many movies, including Love Actually and Bridget Jones’s Diary, was born today in 1960 in Hampshire
  • The Scottish football manager Jock Stein, the first manager of a British side to win the European Cup, with Celtic in 1967, died today in 1985 aged 62

Main Event Today

  • The inaugural Invictus Games, the sporting event for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel, opened in London today in 2014

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National TV Dinner Day

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