1943 World War II: An Allied invasion fleet sails for Sicily (Operation Husky, July 10, 1943).
1943 World War II: The U.S. Seventh Army under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, thus completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
1985 United States Navy F-14 fighter jets intercept an Egyptian plane carrying the ''Achille Lauro'' cruise ship hijackers and force it to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily where they are arrested.
1993 Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as "The Beast", is arrested in Sicily after three decades as a fugitive.