Benjamin Franklin was able to prove the electrical nature of lightning through a kite experiment on this day in history. Here are the events and birthdays from around the world on June 10.
1540: Thomas Cromwell Arrested
Today in British history, Thomas Cromwell was arrested for crimes against the king. The arrest came six months after he pushed Henry VIII into the loveless and short marriage with Anne of Cleves. Shortly after, Henry had Cromwell confirm that Anne of Cleves had been previously betrothed, voiding the marriage to allow Henry to marry Katherine Parr. Cromwell would later be executed for treason, without going through a trial.
1752: Benjamin Franklin Flies a Kite During a Thunderstorm
Benjamin Franklin chose a thunderstorm as the perfect time to fly a kite. In history today it was his change to collect charge in a Leyden jar, so he could prove that lightning had an electrical nature. What we now know is all because of Franklin’s interest in electricity at a time when very little was understood. He remains one of the leading figures in American history.
1967: The End to Israel’s Six-Day War
The attacks on the Israeli borders started in 1965, but it was on June 5 that the Arab-Israeli War (the six-day war) began. It started with Israel attacking Egypt pre-emptively, crippling the air force, before seizing the Sinai peninsula from the south. Jordanian forces were pushed out of East Jerusalem and the West Bank to unite the Holy City. Half a million Palestinians fled the Arab nations due to the conflict, which ended on this day.
Famous Birthdays on June 10
Johann Georg II, Elect of Saxon—1613
Jacques Marquette, jesuit/missionary founder—1637
James Francis Edward Stuart ‘The old Pretender’—1688
William Eustis, 12th Governor of Massachusetts—1753
Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg, Council President of Denmark—1839
First Oscar-winning African-American actress Hattie McDaniel—1895
Athlete Kevin O’Flanagan—1919
Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh—1921
Wizard of Oz actress Judy Garland—1922
Akie Abe, First Lady of Japan—1962
Mean Girls actor Jonathon Bennett—1981
Fashion blogger and Instagram influencer Michelle Foley—1984
Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas—1984
Model Kate Upton—1992
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Birthdays from OnThisDay.com and FamousBirthdays.com
Thomas Cromwell: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Cromwell#/media/File:Cromwell,Thomas(1EEssex)01.jpg
James Francis Edward Stuart: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Francis_Edward_Stuart#/media/File:Prince_James_Francis_Edward_Stuart_by_Alexis_Simon_Belle.jpg
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