TODAY IN HISTORY - July 10, 2020

Following are some of the major events to have occurred on July 10


1679: The British crown claims New Hampshire as a royal colony.


1776: The statue of King George III is pulled down in New York City.


1778: In support of the American Revolution, Louis XVI declares war on England.


1850: Millard Fillmore is sworn in as the 13th president of the United States following the death of Zachary Taylor.


1890: Wyoming becomes the 44th state.


1893: Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performs the first successful open-heart surgery, without the benefit of penicillin or blood transfusion.


1925: The trial of Tennessee teacher John T. Scopes opens, with Clarence Darrow appearing for the defense and William Jennings Bryan for the prosecution.


1940: Germany begins the bombing of England.


1942: General Carl Spaatz becomes the head of the U.S. Air Force in Europe.


1943: American and British forces complete their amphibious landing of Sicily.


1945: U.S. carrier-based aircraft begin airstrikes against Japan in preparation for invasion.


1951: Armistice talks between the United Nations and North Korea begin at Kaesong.


1960: Belgium sends troops to the Congo to protect whites as the Congolese Bloodbath begins, just 10 days after the former colony became independent of Belgian rule.


1962: The satellite Telstar is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, beaming live television from Europe to the United States.


1976: In Seveso, near Milan, Italy, an explosion in a chemical factory covers the surrounding area with toxic dioxin. Time magazine has ranked the Seveso incident No. 8 on its list of the 10 worst environmental disasters.


1985: Coca-Cola Co. announces it will resume selling "old formula Coke," following a public outcry and falling sales of its "new Coke."


1991: Boris Yeltsin is sworn in as the first elected president of the Russian Federation, following the breakup of the USSR.


1993: Kenyan runner Yobes Ondieki becomes the first man to run 10,000 meters in less than 27 minutes.