What Happened on October 10

Significant 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
More Historical Events

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

  • 1773 American revolution patriot Paul Revere (38) weds Rachel Walker in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1774 Composer Antonio Salieri (24) weds Therese Helferstorfer
  • 1975 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (43) 6th marriage and remarriage to actor Richard Burton (49)
  • 1987 Paralympian Rick Hansen (30) weds physiotherapist Amanda Reid
  • 1992 Actress Ally Sheedy weds actor David Lansbury

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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