On This Day

What Happened in 2010

Important Events

  • Jan 12 Earthquake Devastates Haiti, killing approximately 160,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince
  • Apr 20 The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes, killing 11 and causing the rig to sink, causing a massive oil discharge into the Gulf of Mexico and an environmental diaster
  • Aug 19 Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, with the last of the United States brigade combat teams crossing the border to Kuwait
  • Oct 13 Copiapó mining accident in Chile comes to a happy end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground
  • Dec 22 Repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell policy", a 17-year-old policy banning homosexuals serving openly in the US military, signed into law by President Barack Obama

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2010 in Film & TV

2010 in Music

  • Jul 23 One Direction is formed during the X Factor show as Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson join together

2010 in Sport

  • Feb 14 Alexandre Bilodeau wins the Gold Medal in the freestyle skiing men's moguls event, becoming the first Canadian to win a Gold Medal during a Canadian-hosted Olympics
  • Feb 24 Sachin Tendulkar scores the first double century in One Day International cricket
  • May 15 Jessica Watson at age 16 becomes the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world
  • Dec 19 "Miracle at the New Meadowlands", Philadelphia Eagles trail New York Giants by 21 points with eight minutes to play, before scoring 4 touchdowns in final 7 minutes, including dramatic walk-off punt returned for a touchdown by DeSean Jackson

Did You Know?

"Toy Story 3", directed by Lee Unkrich, starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, premieres at the Taormina Film Fest in Italy - 1st animated film to earn 1 billion

On June 12, 2010


Famous People Born in 2010

  • 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

World Leaders in 2010

Famous People in 2010

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 2 "American Idol" singer Jason Castro (22) weds Mandy Mayhall near Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 2 Actor Vince Vaughn (39) weds realtor Kyla Weber in Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Jan 9 Food writer and former fashion model Sophie Dahl (32) weds British jazz singer Jamie Cullum (30) in Hampshire, England

Famous Divorces

  • Jan 14 "Easy Rider" director and actor Dennis Hopper (73) divorces his fifth wife Victoria Duffy due to irreconcilable differences and out-of-control spending
  • Mar 31 "Dawson's Creek" actor James Van Der Beek (32) divorces actress Heather Ann McComb (33) after almost 7 years of marriage
  • Apr 2 "Wayne's World" actress Tia Carrere (43) divorces British photojournalist Simon Wakelin due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage

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