On This Day

What Happened on April 10

Important 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 the Dutch East Indies experiences a cataclysmic eruption, one of the most powerful in history, killing around 71,000 people, causes 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 Agreement [Belfast Agreement] for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish governments
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Apr 10 in Film & TV

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

Apr 10 in Music

Apr 10 in Sport

  • 1896 Spyridon Louis of Greece wins inaugural Olympic marathon (2:58:50) in Athens; runs last lap accompanied by Constantine I

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

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

On April 10, 1912

Would you believe this fact about today?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
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