Today In History – June 10

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

1924 – The Italian Socialist leader Giacomo Matteotti was kidnapped and murdered by Fascists.

1925 – Duke of York opens second Richmond golf course.

1944 – Nazi troops massacred nearly all the residents of Oradour-sur-Glane in France, in a reprisal against the French resistance movement.

1967 – The American actor Spencer Tracy died. He was best known for his appearances in the films “Bad Day at Black Rock”, “Father of the Bride” and “Captains Courageous”, for which he won an Oscar.

1997 – Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot killed his defence chief Son Sen and 11 members of his family and fled his stronghold in northern Cambodia.

1999 – NATO suspended its air campaign against Yugoslavia as the first Yugoslav troops left Kosovo.

2000 – Syrian President Hafez al-Assad died aged 69.

2002 – The U.S. gangster boss John Gotti died. Gotti’s life of luxury and brutality ended in 1990 after he was caught on tape discussing crimes.

2004 – Ray Charles, the “Father of Soul” who overcame poverty, blindness and heroin addiction to become one of the United States’ best loved entertainers, died aged 73.

2007 – The U.S. space shuttle Atlantis docked with the International Space Station to start a week-long stay to deliver solar panels and a new crew member.

2016 – Reality show contestant Christina Grimmie is fatally shot in Florida.


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