On this day: July 10

POSTED: 08:02 AM PDT Jul 09, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 09, 2015 

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 - Arthur Ashe
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Sports Illustrated

1943: Arthur Ashe is born in Richmond, Virginia. During his professional tennis career, he reached the No. 1 ranking, won three Grand Slam titles and became the first, and only, black man to ever win singles titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open. He died from AIDS-related pneumonia at the age of 49 on Feb. 6, 1993. Ashe had contracted HIV from a blood transfusion he received during heart bypass surgery in the late 1980s.


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