June 10 in Pop Culture History
1692 – Bridget Bishop was hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for “certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries.”
1809 – The first steamboat to navigate the open seas, the Phoenix paddle wheel steamboat took 13 days to sail from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1829 – The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge took place. Oxford won.
1854 – The first class of United States Naval Academy students graduated.
1886 (Volcano Eruption) Mount Tarawera
1902 – The US patent (#701,839) for a window envelope was issued to Americus F. Callahan of Chicago, Ill., which he called the outlook envelope.
1916 – An Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire led by Lawrence of Arabia began.
1935 – Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, United States, by Dr. Robert Smith and Bill Wilson.
1940 – (fictional) Thinking he’s having a problem with his machine, George The Time Traveler halts his progress in time-travel and is stunned to witness flying machines battling above London in George Pal’s film, The Time Machine (1960 Film).
1943 – Laszlo Biro filed for a British patent (British #564172) on a practical ball point pen with quick-drying ink.
1944 – 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds became the youngest player ever in a Major League Baseball game.
1947 – Saab produced its first automobile.
1952 – Mylar was registered as a DuPont trademark for an strong polyester film that grew out of the development of Dacron, product of the early 1950s.
1972 #1 Hit June 10, 1972 – June 30, 1972: Sammy Davis Jr. – Candy Man
1978 #1 Hit June 10, 1978 – June 16, 1978: John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – You’re the One That I Want
1982 – Torch Song Trilogy (Broadway Play) Opened on June 10, 1982 and Closed: May 19, 1985
1983 – Trading Places and Octopussy were released in theaters
1988 – Poltergeist III was released in theaters
1989 #1 Hit June 10, 1989 – June 16, 1989: Bette Midler – Wind Beneath My Wings
1991 – 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped in South Lake Tahoe, California; she was freed in 2009.
1994 – Speed and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold were released in theaters
1994 – Pay television content descriptors which describe the varying degrees of suggestive or explicit content in a series and movies began being broadcast by pay channels such as HBO, Cinemax and Showtime.
2005 – The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D and Mr. & Mrs. Smith debuted in theaters
2007 – HBO’s critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning Mob-family drama The Sopranos ended with a sudden cut to black and silence, leaving many fans to wonder whether Tony Soprano was dead or still alive.
2011 – Super 8 was released in theaters