- On July 10, 1850, Vice President Millard Fillmore assumed the presidency, following the death of President Taylor.
- In 1890, Wyoming became the 44th state.
- In 1919, President Wilson personally delivered the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate, and urged its ratification.
- In 1925, jury selection took place in Dayton, Tenn., in the trial of schoolteacher John T. Scopes, charged with violating the law by teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.
- In 1925, the official news agency of the Soviet Union, TASS, was established.
- In 1940, during World War II, the 114-day Battle of Britain began as Nazi forces began attacking southern England by air.
- In 1943, during World War II, U.S. and British forces invaded Sicily.
- In 1951, armistice talks aimed at ending the Korean conflict began at Kaesong.
- In 1962, the Telstar communications satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- In 1985, bowing to pressure from irate customers, the Coca-Cola Co. said it would resume selling old-formula Coke, while continuing to sell New Coke.
- In 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of office as the first elected president of the Russian republic.
- Ten years ago: Mikhail S. Gorbachev handily won re-election as leader of the Soviet Communist Party. The American League shut out the National League, 2-0, in the 61st All-Star game.
- Five years ago: Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was freed from almost six years of house arrest in Yangon, Myanmar. The defense opened its case at the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles. President Clinton embraced mandatory ratings for TV programs and legislation to put parental-control chips in new sets.
- One year ago: The U.S. women's soccer team won the World Cup, beating China 5-4 on penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Today in History
July 10, 2000