On This Day

What Happened on October 10

Important Events

  • 680 Al-Hussein (Al-Ḥusayn ibn) and his followers killed at Karbala by army of Yazid, the Umayyad caliph, on the way to Kufa
  • 1780 Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean, hitting Barbados first. Atlantic's deadliest recorded hurricane.
  • 1954 Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after withdrawal of French troops
  • 1957 A fire at the Windscale nuclear plant in Cumbria, England becomes the world's first major nuclear accident
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October 10 in Film & TV

  • 1954 1st National Film Awards (India): "Shyamchi Aai" wins the Golden Lotus

October 10 in Music

October 10 in Sport

  • 1899 African-American inventor Issac R. Johnson patents the bicycle frame

Did You Know?

"Vinland Map" is introduced by Yale University as being the first known map of America, drawn about 1440

On October 10, 1965


Would You Believe?

1st dinner jacket (tuxedo) worn to autumn ball at Tuxedo Park, NY

On October 10, 1886

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1974 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (41) divorces director-producer William Asher (53) after 11 years of marriage
  • 2008 Actor and comedian Chris Kattan (37) divorces model Sunshine Tutt (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 months of marriage
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