What Happened on April 10

Significant Events

  • 1407 Lama Deshin Shekpa visits the Ming Dynasty capital at Nanjing and is awarded the title Great Treasure Prince of Dharma
  • 1516 1st Jewish ghetto established: Venice compels Jews to live in a specific area
  • 1815 Mount Tambora in Indonesia experiences a cataclysmic eruption, one of the most powerful in history, killing around 71,000 people and causing a global volcanic winter
  • 1858 "Big Ben", a 13.76 tonne bell, is recast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  • 1972 US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons
  • 1998 The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish governments
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April 10 in Film & TV

  • 1953 "House of Wax" 1st color 3-D movie, premieres in New York

April 10 in Music

April 10 in Sport

  • 1896 Spiridon Louis of Greece wins 1st Olympic marathon (2:58:50) in Athens, running the last lap accompanied by Constantine I

Did You Know?

RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden (and final) voyage

On April 10, 1912


Would You Believe?

Fastest wind speed ever recorded (not a tornado) 408 km/h (220 kn; 253 mph; 113 m/s) during tropical cyclone Olivia on Barrow Island, Australia

On April 10, 1996

Famous Weddings

  • 1848 British influential art critic and social commentator John Ruskin marries Effie Gray in Perth, Scotland (later annulled).
  • 1902 Physicist Robert A. Millikan (34) weds Greta Blanchard
  • 1935 Nazi politician Hermann Goering (42) weds Emmy Sonnemann (42) in Berlin
  • 1938 NFL quarterback Sammy Baugh (24) weds his college sweetheart Edmonia Smith in Sweetwater, Texas
  • 1943 Actor Peter Cushing (29) weds actress Violet Helene Beck in London, England
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