2010 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 4 The Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed HIV infection from its list of communicable diseases of public health significance.
  • Jan 4 The world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, officially opens in Dubai
  • Jan 7 Muslim gunmen in Egypt kill nine people after opening fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians
  • Jan 12 Earthquake occurs in Haiti killing 230,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince
  • Jan 12 Colombia officially leaves the recession after achieving 2% economic growth in the last quarter of 2009
  • Jan 14 Yemen declares war on al-Qaeda
  • Jan 17 A dragon boat from Chung Ling High School capsizes and collides with a tugboat amid strong currents in Penang, Malaysia, killing 6 people and injuring 12
  • Jan 25 Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people on-board.
  • Jan 26 After 6 consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth, the UK economy officially finally comes out of recession with a GDP growth of 0.1%
  • Jan 28 Five murderers of President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh hanged: Lieutenant Colonel Syed Faruq Rahman, Lieutenant Colonel Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Major AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Major Bazlul Huda and Lieutenant Colonel Mohiuddin Ahmed.
  • Feb 11 60th Berlin International Film Festival: "Honey" wins the Golden Bear
  • Feb 13 A bombing at the German Bakery in Pune, India, kills 10 and injures 60 more.
  • Feb 14 52nd Daytona 500: Jamie McMurray wins (137.284 MPH)
  • Feb 20 On the Portuguese Atlantic island of Madeira heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, leaving at least 32 deaths in the worst disaster on the history of the archipelago.
  • Feb 22 Taiwan's economy exits from the recession with 9.22% growth in the last quarter of 2009 after increased demand from China and other key markets in the region
  • Feb 23 Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million litres of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster.
  • Feb 24 Europe risks a double-dip recession after bad results emerge from France, Germany and Italy, it is reported today; the Eurozone only grew by 0.1% in the last quarter of 2009
  • Feb 27 Central Chile is hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake.
  • Mar 11 Sebastián Piñera become chilean president.
  • Mar 24 Lee Kun-hee returns to Samsung Electronics chief executive officer (CEO) position after his resignation in April 21, 2008
  • Mar 29 Two female suicide bombers hit the Moscow Metro system at the peak of the morning rush hour, killing 40.
  • Apr 10 Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board including President Lech Kaczyński.
  • Apr 12 A train derailed near Merano, Italy, after running into a landslide, causing nine deaths and injuring 28 people.
  • Apr 14 Icelandic Volcano Eyjafjallajökull begins erupting from the top crater in the centre of the glacier
  • Apr 15 Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe.
  • Apr 20 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion kills 11 and causes rig to sink, initiating a massive oil discharge in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • May 1 Car bomb fails to go off in Times Square, New York City
  • May 6 The second largest intraday point swing in Dow Jones Industrial Average history occurs.
  • May 8 The last piece of Yankee Stadium falls in the Bronx, New York, marking the end of the two year demolition process.
  • May 8 Barrow AFC won the English FA Trophy at Wembley, this makes them the only team in the world to win it at both the Old & New Wembley stadiums.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

May 11 Imelda Marcos wins election to the House of Representatives of the Philippines, representing Ilocos Norte province

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
  • May 12 An Afriqiyah Airways Flight crashes and kills everyone but one person on board.
  • May 15 Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
  • May 18 Police officer James Crooker is asked to leave the Red and Black Café in Portland, Oregon after co-owner John Langley claimed Crooker's uniformed presence made him uncomfortable

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May 22 Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus' remains are reburied in Frombork Cathedral, Poland after a 200 year search for his tomb.,

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus
  • May 31 Shayetet 13 soldiers tried to stop the flotilla that wanted to break the blockade on Gaza Strip. During the boarding on the MV Mavi Marmara ship, a violent confrontation had started. It caused the death of 9 activists who were on board, and several more injured activists. Moreover, several israeli soldiers were injured.
  • Jun 9 Hungary leaves the recession after experiencing 0.9% growth in the first quarter as a result of growing exports and effective government spending measures
  • Jun 9 Finland falls back into a state of recession after GDP contracted 0.4% in Q1 2010 and 0.2% in Q4 2009
  • Jun 13 64th Tony Awards: Memphis & Red win
  • Jun 20 "Despicable Me" directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud with voices by Steve Carrell and Jason Segel premieres at the Moscow Film Festival
  • Jul 2 Oil tanker truck explosion in South Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, kills at least 230 people
  • Jul 14 18th ESPY Awards: Drew Brees, Lindsey Vonn win

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Aug 1 200m x 250m photo mosaic commemorating the life of Filipino President Corazon Aquino is unveiled near Quirino Grandstand at the Luneta Park, Manila

11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • Aug 19 Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the United States brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait
  • Aug 23 Manila hostage crisis, which occurred at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, where a dismissed police officer took hostage a tour bus full of Chinese nationals.
  • Sep 4 Canterbury earthquake: a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am causing widespread damage and several power outages.
  • Sep 8 Egypt's Minister of Finance, Dr. Youssef Butros Ghali, states that Egypt is emerging from the recession as indicated by increased total revenue from sales taxes and customs revenues
  • Sep 9 A court in the Philippines orders Imelda Marcos to repay the government almost $280,000 for funds taken from the National Food Authority by Ferdinand Marcos in 1983
  • Sep 19 35th Toronto International Film Festival: "The King's Speech" directed by Tom Hooper wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 20 The National Bureau of Economic Research state today that the US left the recession in June 2009, with managing director Lakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycle Research Institute saying GDP recovered to 70% of the pre-recession level
  • Oct 3 19th Commonwealth Games open in Delhi, India
  • Oct 6 Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launch Instagram
  • Oct 10 The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved
  • Oct 13 The 2010 Copiapó mining accident in Copiapó, Chile comes to an end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground.
  • Oct 14 19th Commonwealth Games close in Delhi, India
  • Oct 31 Belgium leaves the recession with 0.5% growth in the third quarter

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Nov 16 In University Park, Texas, the groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center takes place

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

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Nov 16 Engagement announced between Prince William and Catherine [Kate] Middleton at Clarence House, London

Wife of Prince William Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Wife of Prince William
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Duke of Cambridge Prince William
Duke of Cambridge
Prince William
  • Nov 19 New Zealand suffers its worst mining disaster since 1914 when the first of four explosions occurs at the Pike River Mine; 29 people are killed
  • Nov 23 The Bombardment of Yeonpyeong occurs on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea. The North Korean artillery attack kills 2 civilians and 2 South Korean marines.
  • Dec 7 Iceland officially leaves the recession with growth of 1.2% in the third quarter
  • Dec 8 With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
  • Dec 11 Two explosions occur in a busy shopping district of Stockholm, Sweden, killing one and injuring two others. Officials say the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 22 The repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning on homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, was signed into law by President Barack Obama.

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Birthdays in History

  • May 20 Lady Cosima Windsor, daughter of Alexander Windsor, Earl of Ulster
  • May 28 Prince Louis of Bourbon, elder son of Prince Louis, Duke of Anjou

Weddings in History

  • Apr 3 "Love and Theft" country trio Eric Gunderson weds Emily Hagar (24) at sunset on the front porch of the historic Hazel Path mansion in Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • May 29 "Survivor: Fiji" winner Earl Cole (39) weds pharmacist Shelley Lee at the St. Regis Princeville Resort on Kauai
  • Jun 19 Crown Princess Victoria heir apparent of HM Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, weds Daniel Westling at Stockholm Cathedral
  • Jul 31 Daughter of former US President Bill Clinton Chelsea Clinton (30) weds investment banker Marc Mezvinsky (32) at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, New York
  • Aug 7 "Dancing in the Dark" host Rossi Morreale (33) weds one half of identical twin country duo "Kate and Kacey" Kacey Coppola at the Grande Antigua Resort and Spa in Antigua
  • Sep 25 Charlie Sheen's daughter Cassandra Estévez (25) weds Casey Huffman (27) in Santa Barbara, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 27 US Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell (25) weds Melanie Juneau in Texas

Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell
Marcus Luttrell

Divorces in History

  • Jun 6 Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford (40) divorces German entrepreneur Daniel Giersch (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage

Deaths in History

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  • Jan 3 Professor Sir Ian Brownlie, International law specialist
  • Jan 3 Mary Daly, American theologian and feminist scholar (b. 1928)
  • Jan 4 Johan Ferrier, Surinamian politician (b. 1910)
  • Jan 4 Casey Johnson, American heiress and socialite (b. 1979)
  • Jan 4 Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese Businessman, and Survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings (b. 1916)
  • Jan 5 Murray Saltzman, Reform Jewish rabbi and civil rights leader (b. 1929)
  • Jan 5 Gisela Kraft, German writer, dies at 73
  • Jan 11 Miep Gies, Dutch Humanitarian, discoverer of Anne Frank's diary (b. 1909)
  • Jan 12 Hasib Sabbagh, Palestinian businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of Consolidated Contractors Company (b. 1920)
  • Jan 12 Daniel Bensaid, French philosopher (b. 1946)
  • Jan 13 Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist
  • Jan 17 Jyoti Basu, Indian politician (b. 1914)
  • Jan 17 Daisuke Gouri, Japanese seiyu (b. 1952)
  • Jan 25 Ali Hasan al-Majid aka Chemical Ali, Iraqi defense minister and military commander (b. 1941)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 27 J. D. Salinger, American novelist (The Catcher in the Rye), dies at 91

Novelist J. D. Salinger
J. D. Salinger
  • Jan 27 Howard Zinn, American historian (b. 1922)
  • Feb 3 Regina, Crown Princess of Austria (b. 1925)
  • Feb 5 Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, politician and diplomat, leader of the anti-apartheid movement (b. 1924).
  • Feb 8 John Murtha, American politician (b. 1932)
  • Feb 9 Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)
  • Feb 9 Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)
  • Feb 10 Charles Wilson, American politician (b. 1933)
  • Feb 11 [Lee} Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, commits suicide at 40
  • Feb 18 John Babcock, Last known Canadian veteran of World War I (b. 1900)
  • Feb 19 Laura Spurr, Tribal Chairperson, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (b. 1945)
  • Feb 20 Alexander Haig, American soldier and politician (b. 1924)
  • Feb 25 İhsan Doğramacı, Turkish academic and the founder of YÖK (d. 1915)
  • Feb 26 Nujabes, Japanese Hip Hop producer and inspiration to many around the world.
  • Mar 2 Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician (b. 1940)
  • Mar 3 Michael Foot, British politician (L) and writer, Leader of the Opposition (1980-83), dies at 96
  • Mar 4 Raimund Abraham, Austrian architect (b. 1933)
  • Mar 4 Vladislav Ardzinba, Abkhazian politician (b. 1945)
  • Mar 4 Samuel J. Eldersveld, U.S. academic, political scientist, and Democratic politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 4 Joaquim Fiúza, Portuguese sailor (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Tetsuo Kondo, Japanese politician (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 Hilario Chávez Joya, Mexican Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1928)
  • Mar 4 Joanne Simpson, American meteorologist (b. 1923)
  • Mar 6 Mark Linkous, member of Sparklehorse (b. 1962)
  • Mar 7 Mary Josephine Ray, Canadian supercentenarian (b. 1895)
  • Mar 9 Doris Haddock, American political activist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 11 Hans van Mierlo, Dutch politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister (b. 1931)
  • Mar 11 Leena Peltonen-Palotie, Finnish human geneticist (b. 1952)
  • Mar 12 Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 13 He Pingping, the world's shortest man who was able to walk. (b. 1988)
  • Mar 20 Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 20 Stewart Udall, American politician, environmentalist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 20 Girija Prasad Koirala, Nepalese politician (b. 1925)
  • Mar 22 James W. Black, Scottish Nobel Prize-winning doctor and medical research scientist (b. 1924)
  • Mar 24 Jim Marshall, American photographer (b. 1936)
  • Mar 27 Vasily Smyslov, Russian grandmaster (b. 1921)
  • Mar 30 Jaime Escalante, Bolivian-born American high school teacher at Garfield High School (b. 1930)
  • Mar 30 Martin Sandberger, German military officer (b. 1911)
  • Apr 6 Wilma Mankiller, Native-American activist, chief of the Cherokee Nation (b. 1945)
  • Apr 8 Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
  • Apr 10 Ryszard Kaczorowski, Polish statesman is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 90
  • Apr 10 Maria Kaczyńska, Polish economist and First Lady of Poland, is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 67
  • Apr 10 Lech Kaczyński, Polish lawyer and politician, then President of Poland is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 60
  • Apr 15 Jack Herer, American author and cannabis activist (b. 1939)
  • Apr 16 Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)
  • Apr 16 Daryl Gates, LAPD Chief, dies at 83
  • Apr 19 Carl Williams, Australian criminal (b. 1970)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 20 Dorothy Height, American civil rights activist, dies at 98

Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist Dorothy Height
Civil Rights and Women's Rights Activist
Dorothy Height
  • Apr 25 Dorothy Provine, loving grandmother, (b. 1935)
  • Apr 25 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Gerry Ryan, Irish radio broadcaster (b. 1956)
  • May 9 Otakar Motejl, Czechoslvakian politician (b. 1932)
  • May 10 Frank Frazetta, American artist (b. 1928)
  • May 11 Frank Frazetta, American fantasy and science fiction artist (b. 1928)
  • May 14 Goh Keng Swee, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (b. 1918)
  • May 17 Walasse Ting, Chinese/American painter (b. 1929)
  • May 23 Gane Todorovoski, Macedonian literary critic, poet, & publicist (b. 1929)
  • May 23 Leonida Georgievna, Grand Duchess Of Russia (b. 1914)
  • May 24 Virendra Bhatia, Indian politician (b. 1947)
  • May 24 Raymond V. Haysbert, African-American business executive and civil rights leader (b. 1920)
  • May 25 Gabriel Vargas, Mexican cartoonist (b. 1915)
  • May 25 Silvius Magnago, Italian politician (b. 1914)
  • May 26 Christopher Moran, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1956)
  • May 26 Kieran Phelan, Irish senator (b. 1949)
  • May 27 Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator (b. 1929)
  • May 30 Duff Roblin, Canadian politician (b. 1917).
  • May 31 Louise Bourgeois, French-born American sculpter (b. 1911)
  • May 31 William A. Fraker, American cinematographer (b. 1923)
  • May 31 Rubén Juárez, Argentine bandoneonist (b. 1947)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 31 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", dies at 59

Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit Chris Haney
Co-creator of Trivial Pursuit
Chris Haney
  • Jun 1 Lt. Gen. William H. Ginn, Jr., U.S. Air Force officer (b.1928)
  • Jun 3 John Hedgecoe, English photographer (b. 1932)
  • Jun 7 Omar Rayo, Colombian painter, sculptor, caricaturist and plastic artist. (b. 1928)
  • Jun 10 Metropolitan Basil Schott, Archbishop of the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (b. 1939)
  • Jun 11 Zenani Mandela, Nelson Mandela's great granddaughter (b. 1997)
  • Jun 16 Marc Bazin, Haitian politician (b. 1932)
  • Jun 17 K. S. Rajah, Singaporean jurist (b. 1930)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 18 José Saramago, Portuguese writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)

Novelist José Saramago
José Saramago
  • Jun 19 Anthony Quinton, British philosopher (b. 1925)
  • Jun 19 Angela Rumbold, British politician (C), dies at 78
  • Jun 20 Harry Blackmore Whittington, British palaeontologist (b. 1916)
  • Jun 25 Alan Plater, English playwright (b. 1935)
  • Jun 25 Richard B. Sellars, American business executive (b. 1915)
  • Jun 26 Algirdas Brazauskas, President of Lithuania (b. 1932)
  • Jun 28 Robert Byrd, US Senator (Democrat-WV, 1959-2010), majority leader and once the longest-serving Senator in history, dies at 92
  • Jul 2 Beryl Bainbridge, Author (b. 1932)