This Day in History: June 10

Chinese communist leader Chairman Mao Zedong (L) welcomes US President Richard Nixon, at his house in Beijing. President Nixon urged China to join the United States in a "long march together" on different roads to world peace (AFP via Getty Images)

On this day, June 10 …

1971: President Richard M. Nixon lifts a two-decades-old trade embargo on China.

Also on this day:

  • 1692: The first execution resulting from the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts takes place as Bridget Bishop is hanged.
  • 1935: Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, by Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith and William Griffith Wilson.
  • 1967: Six days of war in the Mideast involving Israel, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq end as Israel and Syria accepts a United Nations-mediated cease-fire.
  • 1977:  James Earl Ray, the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., escapes from Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee with six others; he would be recaptured June 13.


  • 1991: Jaycee Dugard, 11, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., is abducted by Phillip and Nancy Garrido; Jaycee would be held by the couple for 18 years before she was found by authorities.


  • 2009: Donald Trump fires Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, who’d sparked controversy when she said gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry, citing contract violations.


  • 2014: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is defeated by Dave Brat, a little-known economics professor, in Virginia’s Republican primary.
  • 2016: Gawker files for bankruptcy after losing an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit brought by pro wrestling legend Hulk Hogan.
  • 2019: The Justice Department agrees to provide Congress with key evidence collected by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Democrats believe could shed light on possible alleged obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Trump.

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