On this day: July 10

POSTED: 9:02 AM Jul 09 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Jul 10 2014

The United States takes possession of the Sunshine State, Howard Hughes flies around the world, a new milestone is reached in space and a "classic" soft drink returns, all on this day.

OTD July 10 - Dio
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1942: Rock and heavy metal singer-songwriter Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with Black Sabbath and his own band Dio, is born Ronald James Padavona in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Dio, seen here in 2007, was also known for his powerful singing voice and for popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture in heavy metal.

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