The Maui News - - Opinion - The As­so­ci­ated Press

To­day is Fri­day, July 10, the 192nd day of 2020. There are 174 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On July 10, 1940, dur­ing World War II, the Bat­tle of Bri­tain be­gan as the Luft­waffe started at­tack­ing south­ern Eng­land. (The Royal Air Force was ul­ti­mately vic­to­ri­ous.)

On this date:

In 1908, Wil­liam Jen­nings Bryan was nom­i­nated for pres­i­dent by the Demo­cratic na­tional con­ven­tion in Den­ver.

In 1925, jury se­lec­tion took place in Day­ton, Tenn., in the trial of John T. Scopes, charged with vi­o­lat­ing the law by teach­ing Dar­win’s The­ory of Evo­lu­tion. (Scopes was con­victed and fined, but the ver­dict was over­turned on a tech­ni­cal­ity.)

In 1951, ar­mistice talks aimed at end­ing the Korean War be­gan at Kaesong.

In 1973, the Ba­hamas be­came fully in­de­pen­dent af­ter three cen­turies of Bri­tish colo­nial rule. John Paul Getty III, the teenage grand­son of the oil ty­coon, was ab­ducted in Rome by kid­nap­pers who cut off his ear when his fam­ily was slow to meet their ran­som de­mands; Getty was re­leased in De­cem­ber 1973 for nearly $3 mil­lion.

In 1991, Boris N. Yeltsin took the oath of of­fice as the first elected pres­i­dent of the Rus­sian repub­lic. Pres­i­dent George H.W. Bush lifted eco­nomic sanc­tions against South Africa.

In 1992, a New York jury found Pan Am guilty of will­ful mis­con­duct and re­spon­si­ble for al­low­ing a ter­ror­ist bomb to de­stroy Flight 103 in 1988, killing 270 peo­ple, open­ing the way for civil law­suits.

To­day’s Birthdays: Ac­tor Wil­liam Smithers is 93. Ac­tor Lawrence Press­man is 81. Singer Mavis Sta­ples is 81. Ac­tor Mills Wat­son is 80. Ac­tor Robert Pine is 79. Coun­try-folk singer-song­writer Ch­eryl Wheeler is 69. Rock singer Neil Ten­nant (Pet Shop Boys) is 66. Coun­try singer-song­writer Ken Mel­lons is 55. Ac­tor Aaron D. Spears is 49. Ac­tress Sofia Ver­gara is 48. Ac­tor Chi­we­tel Ejio­for is 43. Ac­tress Gwen­do­line Yeo is 43. Singer-ac­tress Jes­sica Simp­son is 40. Ac­tress Heather Hem­mens is 36. Rap­per/singer An­gel Haze is 29.

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