Events in History on October 10

  • 680 Al-Hussein (Al-Ḥusayn ibn) and his followers killed at Karbala by army of Yazid, the Umayyad caliph, on the way to Kufa
  • 1375 Westfriese sea wall breaks flooding northern Netherlands
  • 1471 Battle of Brunkeberg: Swedish regent Sten Sture defeats forces led by Danish King Christian I
  • 1549 Duke of Somerset fired as Lord Protector & imprisoned
  • 1575 Battle of Dormans: Roman Catholic forces under Duke Henry of Guise defeated the Protestants, capturing Philippe de Mornay among others.
  • 1578 Count Johan Casimir occupies Ghent with 500 horsemen
  • 1631 Saxon army occupies Prague
  • 1695 King Willem III escapes South Netherlands, back to England
  • 1720 French government proclaims strike on banknotes
  • 1733 France declares war on emperor Charles VI
  • 1760 Suriname Colonial Regime signs treaty with Aukaners (ex-slaves)
  • 1780 Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean, hitting Barbados first. Atlantic's deadliest recorded hurricane.
  • 1787 Amsterdam surrenders to Prussian invasion army
  • 1799 Convention of Alkmaar: British/Russian invasion army departs
  • 1802 1st non-Indian settlement in Oklahoma
  • 1839 British troops under General Charles Napier occupy Beirut
  • 1845 Naval School (now called US Naval Academy) opens at Annapolis
  • 1846 Alexis de Tocqueville writes about "Algerian problem"
  • 1846 Neptune's moon Triton discovered by William Lassell
  • 1854 US Assay Office in NY City, NY opens
  • 1857 American Chess Association formed (NYC)
  • 1863 Skirmish at Blue Springs, Tennessee (166 casualties)
  • 1865 John Hyatts patents the billard ball
  • 1868 1st written account of a Canadian football game
  • 1868 Cuba revolts for independence against Spain
  • 1874 Fiji becomes a British possession
  • 1886 1st dinner jacket (tuxedo) worn to autumn ball at Tuxedo Park, NY
  • 1888 Teatotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 at Mud Run, Pennsylvania
  • 1889 Barnard College is founded in New York City after Colubmia refuses to accept women
  • 1900 Foreign ministers in Peking begin their first serious negotiations over what conditions their nations will impose on the Chinese after putting down the Boxer uprising
  • 1900 In Manchuria, Russia captures the major city of Mukden, part of their own plan to take over the whole province
  • 1902 South Africa's President of Transvaal Paul Kruger visits Utrecht

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1902 American outlaw Tom Horn's murder trial begins, and he is eventually found guilty and sentenced to death

Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter Tom Horn
Old West Lawman, Outlaw and Bounty Hunter
Tom Horn
  • 1903 The Women's Social and Political Union was formed by Emmeline Pankhurst to fight for women's rights in Britain.
  • 1904 Liberty Theater opens at 234 W 42nd St NYC
  • 1911 Sun Yat-sen's revolutionaries overthrow Manchus (Taiwan National Day)
  • 1911 The KCR East Rail commences service between Kowloon and Canton.

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1911 Robert Borden becomes the 8th Prime Minister of Canada

8th Prime Minister of Canada Robert Borden
8th Prime Minister of Canada
Robert Borden
  • 1913 British passenger ship Volturno catches fire in Atlantic (136 killed)
  • 1913 Gamboa Dam in Panama blown up; Atlantic & Pacific waters mix
  • 1913 Yuan Shikai installed as the 1st President of China
  • 1914 German forces rout Belgians in Antwerp, Belgium (WW I)
  • 1917 Plymouth Theater opens at 236 W 45th St NYC
  • 1918 Baden's Geisz forms government
  • 1919 Richard Strauss & Hugo van Hofmannsthals premieres in Vienna
  • 1920 1st Grandslam in WS (Smith) & 1st unassisted triple play (Wambsganss)
  • 1920 Italy annexes South Tirol (Alto Adige)
  • 1923 Saxony gets Social Democratic & Communist coalition government

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1928 Chiang Kai-shek becomes Director of the State Council of China

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • 1930 AP votes Joe Cronin unofficial AL MVP & BWA names Hack Wilson NL MVP
  • 1930 Yankees announce signing Joe McCarthy to manage for 4 years
  • 1931 A J Bennett hits H Garbarino for 1st scoring pass in Canada's Big 4
  • 1931 William Waltons "Belshazzar's Feast" premieres in Leeds
  • 1932 "Betty & Bob" premieres on radio
  • 1932 Dnjepr Dam in USSR put into operation (world's biggest)
  • 1933 1st synthetic detergent, "Dreft" by Procter & Gamble, goes on sale
  • 1935 Coup under Gen Giorgios Kondylis in favor of Greek monarchy
  • 1935 League of Nations denounces Italian invasion of Abyssinia
  • 1938 Germany completes its annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland
  • 1938 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovitch's 1st String Quartet
  • 1941 German U-boat torpedoes US destroyer Kearney
  • 1941 RAF bombs Piraeus to prevent German heavy armor advancing
  • 1942 1,300 Austrian Jews transported to Theresienstadt concentration camp
  • 1943 US bombers accidentally strike Enschede, Netherlands, causing 151 deaths
  • 1944 Admiral Halsey's Task Force 30 bombs Okinawa, 700 die
  • 1946 Max Frisch' "Die Chinesische Mauer" premieres in Zurich

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1954 Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after withdrawal of French troops

Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese Communist Revolutionary
Ho Chi Minh
  • 1956 Fazal Mahmood takes 13-114 for match v Aus, Karachi

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1957 US President Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he is refused service in a restaurant in Dover, Delaware

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1957 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • 1957 A fire at the Windscale nuclear plant in Cumbria, UK becomes the world's first major nuclear accident
  • 1958 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1958 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

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1959 Lee Harvey Oswald signs guestbook in hotel Helsinki

Ex-soldier, drifter Lee Harvey Oswald
Ex-soldier, drifter
Lee Harvey Oswald
  • 1959 Pan Am begins regular flights around the world
  • 1960 16 California Poly football team members die in plane crash in Toledo
  • 1960 Cyclone hits coast of Gulf of Bengal; about 4000 die
  • 1961 Otis M Smith appointed to Michigan Supreme Court
  • 1961 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1962 Indies assault up Chinese positions in North-India attack
  • 1963 Dam bursts in Italy, 3,000+ die
  • 1963 Netherland population hits 12,000,000
  • 1963 France cedes control of the Bizerte naval base to Tunisia.
  • 1965 The Supremes appear on Ed Sullivan Show
  • 1965 "Vinland Map" is introduced by Yale University as being the first known map of America, drawn about 1440 by Norse explorer Lief Eriksson

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1967 Brendan Behan's "Borstal Boy" premieres in Dublin

Irish Poet and Playwright Brendan Behan
Irish Poet and Playwright
Brendan Behan
  • 1968 Lee Evans of US sets 400 metre record at 43.86
  • 1968 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1970 Fiji gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1972 3 members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion in a house in Balkan Street, Lower Falls, Belfast
  • 1973 US Vice President Spiro T Agnew pleads no contest to tax evasion & resigns
  • 1974 A's Mike Andrews files $25 million lawsuit against Charlie Finley
  • 1974 Canadian John Hathaway begins 2-yr ride of 50,600 miles
  • 1974 Labour Party led by Harold Wilson wins UK general election
  • 1974 The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) and its political wing the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP)founded at the Spa Hotel in the village of Lucan near Dublin
  • 1975 Israel formally signs Sinai accord with Egypt

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1976 Beijing reports arrest of Mao Zedong's widow

Chinese Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong
Chinese Communist Revolutionary
Mao Zedong
  • 1976 NJ Meadowlands' Giant's Stadium opens

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1978 US Congress approves dollar coin honoring women's suffrage campaigner Susan B. Anthony

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony
  • 1978 Daniel Arap Moi succeeds Kenyatta as president of Kenya
  • 1978 Steve Perry joins Journey
  • 1979 Panama assumes sovereignty over Canal Area (ie Canal Zone)
  • 1979 Recorded trace of snow in Central Park NYC
  • 1980 4,500 die when a pair of earthquakes strikes NW Algeria
  • 1980 Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network dedicated
  • 1980 Yanks lose 4-2 & are swept by Royals in AL Championship series
  • 1981 Anwar Sadat's funeral service is held in Cairo
  • 1982 Hernan Siles Zuazo installed as president of Bolivia

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1982 Pope John Paul II canonizes Rev Maximilian Kolbe, who volunteered to die in place of another inmate at Auschwitz concentration camp, a saint

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1982 US imposes sanctions against Poland for banning Solidarity trade union
  • 1983 Israel's Knesset votes 60-53 to endorse Yitzhak Shamir as PM
  • 1985 Sudan adopts interim constitution
  • 1985 US fighter jets force Egyptian plane carrying hijackers of Italian ship Achille Lauro to land in Italy, gunmen are placed in custody
  • 1986 7.5 Earthquake strikes San Salvador, El Salvador

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1986 Shimon Peres resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • 1987 Bruce Springsteen releases his 9th album "Tunnel of Love"
  • 1987 Garfield Park Nature Center opens, latest in Cleveland Metroparks
  • 1987 Giant's Jeffrey Leonard hits playoff record HR in his 4th cons game
  • 1988 Royals announce that Dick Howser, who underwent surgery for a brain tumor in July, will return to manage the club in 1989
  • 1990 US 67th manned space mission STS 41 (Discovery 11) returns from space
  • 1990 American Petroleum Institute (API) reports crude inventories dropped by more than 4 MMB in the last week
  • 1991 Ex-postal worker Joseph Harris kills 4 postal workers
  • 1991 Greyhound Bus ends bankruptcy
  • 1991 US cuts all foreign aid to Haiti
  • 1992 Floriade (Flower Show) closes at Hague, Netherlands
  • 1993 Browns Najee Mustafaa sets club rec for longest interception (97 yds)
  • 1993 Ferry boat leaves for west coast of South Korea, 120 killed
  • 1994 Lt-general Raoul Cedras resigns as dictator of Haiti
  • 1994 Nobel prize for physiology awarded to Alfred G. Gilman & Martin Rodbell for G-protein discoveries
  • 1994 Value of Russian ruble decreases, 3081 rubles per dollar
  • 1995 Israel begins West Bank pullback, frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners
  • 1995 Most Dutch telephone numbers increase to 10 digits
  • 1995 Robert E Lucas awarded Nobel Prize in economics
  • 1996 Cornerstone dedication for Holocaust Museum in NYC
  • 1997 Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2005 Negotiations between the CDU/CSU and SPD in Germany conclude with the two parties agreeing to form a grand coalition with Angela Merkel as chancellor after both parties lost seats in the 2005 German federal election

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • 2008 Singapore becomes the first Asian country to slip into a recession since the credit crisis began: growth has faltered as a result of less demand for exports, a reduction in tourism, and the end of the real-estate boom
  • 2009 After closed borders for nearly two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich to open their borders
  • 2010 The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved

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2012 Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka win the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on G protein-coupled receptors

Physician-scientist Robert Lefkowitz
Robert Lefkowitz
Professor Brian Kobilka
Brian Kobilka
  • 2013 Alice Munro is awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature

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2014 Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai
  • 2015 Bombing at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey kills at least 95, injures 200