On This Day

On This Day in History for October 10 (Part 2)

Events in History


1982 Pope John Paul II canonizes Rev Maximilian Kolbe, who volunteered to die in place of another inmate at Auschwitz concentration camp, a saint

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1982 US imposes sanctions against Poland for banning Solidarity trade union
  • 1983 Israel's Knesset votes 60-53 to endorse Yitzḥak Shamir as PM
  • 1985 Sudan adopts interim constitution
  • 1985 US fighter jets force Egyptian plane carrying hijackers of Italian ship Achille Lauro to land in Italy, gunmen are placed in custody
  • 1986 7.5 Earthquake strikes San Salvador, El Salvador

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Shimon Peres resigns as Prime Minister of Israel

Israeli Statesman Shimon Peres
Israeli Statesman
Shimon Peres
  • 1987 Garfield Park Nature Center opens, latest in Cleveland Metroparks
  • 1987 Giant's Jeffrey Leonard hits playoff record HR in his 4th cons game
  • 1990 US 67th manned space mission STS 41 (Discovery 11) returns from space
  • 1990 American Petroleum Institute (API) reports crude inventories dropped by more than 4 MMB in the last week
  • 1991 Ex-postal worker Joseph Harris kills 4 postal workers
  • 1991 Greyhound Bus ends bankruptcy
  • 1991 US cuts all foreign aid to Haiti
  • 1992 Floriade (Flower Show) closes at Hague, Netherlands
  • 1993 Ferry boat leaves for west coast of South Korea, 120 killed
  • 1994 Lt-general Raoul Cedras resigns as dictator of Haiti
  • 1994 Nobel prize for physiology awarded to Alfred G. Gilman & Martin Rodbell for G-protein discoveries
  • 1994 Value of Russian ruble decreases, 3081 rubles per dollar
  • 1995 Israel begins West Bank pullback, frees hundreds of Palestinian prisoners
  • 1995 Most Dutch telephone numbers increase to 10 digits
  • 1995 Robert E Lucas awarded Nobel Prize in economics
  • 1996 Cornerstone dedication for Holocaust Museum in New York City
  • 1997 Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2002 American Vernon L. Smith and Daniel Kahneman awarded Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences for work in experiment economics

Economist Vernon L. Smith
Vernon L. Smith
Economist and Psychologist Daniel Kahneman
Economist and Psychologist
Daniel Kahneman

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2002 Hungarian writer and Holocaust survivor Imre Kertész is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Author and Nobel Laureate Imre Kertész
Author and Nobel Laureate
Imre Kertész

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2003 Shirin Ebadi is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, making her the 1st Iranian Muslim women to receive the prize

Lawyer and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi
Lawyer and human rights activist
Shirin Ebadi

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2005 Negotiations between the CDU/CSU and SPD in Germany conclude with the two parties agreeing to form a grand coalition with Angela Merkel as chancellor after both parties lost seats in the 2005 German federal election

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • 2008 Singapore becomes the first Asian country to slip into a recession since the credit crisis began: growth has faltered as a result of less demand for exports, a reduction in tourism, and the end of the real-estate boom
  • 2009 After closed borders for nearly two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich to open their borders
  • 2010 The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2012 Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka win the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on G protein-coupled receptors

Physician-scientist Robert Lefkowitz
Robert Lefkowitz
Professor Brian Kobilka
Brian Kobilka
  • 2013 Alice Munro is awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for literature

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

2014 Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi win the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai
  • 2015 Bombing at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey kills at least 95, injures 200
  • 2016 Nobel Prize for Economics awarded to UK-born Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom of Finland for work on contract theory
  • 2018 Hurricane Michael makes landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, as a category 4 hurricane with winds of 155 mph (250 km/h), going on to kill 27, having killed 15 in Central America
  • 2018 Flash floods kills at least 10 in Sant Llorenç des Cardassar, Majorca, Spain
  • 2019 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Austrian Peter Handke
  • 2019 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature awarded to Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk, after a year's delay due to Swedish Academy scandal
  • 2020 Italian teenage computer genius Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at 15, beatified by the Catholic Church in Assisi, Italy

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