Today in History

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

July 10

1967:   New Zealand adopted decimal currency. 27 million new bank notes and 165 million new coins were produced that weighed over 700 tonnes. Decimalization had been talked about for a long time and by the early 1960s, both parties favoured the change. The change was over seen by the under secretary of finance Robert Muldoon.

1985: The Greenpeace vessel ‘Rainbow Warrior” was sunk in the Waitemata Harbour, Auckland. Photographer Fernando Pereira was killed after French Secret Service agents had planted limpet mines on the hull of the ship. Two of the French agents would be caught and each received a 10-year sentence. Within a year they were transferred to French Polynesia and from there they quickly returned to France.

1962:  The US Patent Office issued Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin a patent for his three-point automobile safety belt. Bohlin worked for Volvo and they had been putting the belts in their cars since 1959. After the US patent, Volvo released the design and it quickly became an industry standard.

1893: Dr Daniel Hale Williams performed open-heart surgery, successfully, without the benefit of penicillin and a blood transfusion. The patient who had the pericardium surgery was to have another 20 years of life.