This Day In History : July 10

1913 United States

The temperature in Death Valley, CA hits 134 degrees and becomes the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth

The temperature in Death Valley, California, hit 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.7 degrees Celsius) on July 10, 1913. This temperature, recorded at Furnace Creek Ranch, holds the record for the highest temperature ever reliably measured on Earth. Death Valley is located in the United States.

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Discover what happened on July 10 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, July 10
  • 1839 Adolphus Busch

    German-born American brewer (Anheuser-Busch)

  • 1920 Owen Chamberlain

    American physicist who discovered antiprotons and a subatomic antiparticle, and won the Nobel Prize in 1959

  • 1879 Harry Nicholls Holmes

    American chemist (crystallized vitamin A)

  • 1832 Alvan Graham Clark

    American telescope maker and astronomer (Sirius B)

  • 1856 Nikola Tesla

    Serbian-American physicist, electrical engineer and inventor who developed alternating current and the Tesla Coil

Deaths on This Day, July 10
  • 2020 Ananda Chakrabarty

    Indian-American biochemist who patented the first genetically engineered life-form (U.S. No. 4,259,444) which he created while working on the research and development staff of General Electric (1971-79)

  • 1910 Johann Gottfried Galle

    German astronomer, discoverer of Neptune by telescope

  • 1884 Karl Richard Lepsius

    German Egyptologist who is regarded as a founding father of scientific methods in archaeology

  • 1851 Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre

    French inventor and photographer (daguerreotype)

  • 1884 Paul Morphy

    American chess player considered the greatest of his era (1857-61)


Wyoming becomes the 44th U.S. State

Wyoming officially became the 44th state of the United States on July 10, 1890, after a long period of territorial status. After drafting a state constitution and meeting the requirements set by Congress, Wyoming was admitted to the Union as a state on July 10, 1890, with President Benjamin Harrison signing the proclamation of statehood. This event marked a significant milestone in Wyoming's history, solidifying its place as a full-fledged member of the United States.

The world's first communications satellite, Telstar is launched into orbit

The world's first communications satellite, Telstar, was launched into orbit on July 10, 1962. This historic event marked a significant advancement in telecommunications technology, as Telstar facilitated the first live transatlantic television broadcasts and telephone calls, demonstrating the potential for global communication via satellite.

1st police radio system operated, Eastchester Township, NY

The first police radio system began operating in Eastchester Township, New York, on July 10, 1928. This marked a significant advancement in law enforcement communication, allowing for more efficient coordination and response to emergencies.

Howard Hughes flies around the world in 91 hours

Eccentric billionaire aviator and film producer Howard Hughes set a new flight record on this day in 1938 after flying around the world in 91 hours
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