Events in History on April 10

  • 837 Comet 1P/837 F1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0334 AUs of Earth
  • 847 St Leo IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 879 Louis III becomes King of West Francia
  • 1407 Lama Deshin Shekpa visits the Ming Dynasty capital at Nanjing and is awarded the title Great Treasure Prince of Dharma

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1500 France captures duke Ludovico Sforza of Milan

Duke of Milan Ludovico Sforza
Duke of Milan
Ludovico Sforza
  • 1516 1st Jewish ghetto established: Venice compels Jews to live in a specific area
  • 1552 Henri II of France occupies Metz
  • 1589 Spanish troops conquer Geertruidenberg
  • 1656 Dutch fleet occupiers Colombo Ceylon
  • 1694 Duke Victor Amadeus of Savoye attacks Casale
  • 1710 The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain
  • 1741 War of the Austrian Succession: Prussia defeats Austria in the Battle of Mollwitz.
  • 1790 US Patent system forms
  • 1815 Austria declares war on Kingdom of Naples

Historic CommunicationEruption of Mount Tambora

1815 Mount Tambora in Dutch East Indies experiences cataclysmic eruption, one of the most powerful in history, killing around 71,000 people, causes global volcanic winter
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  • 1816 2nd Bank of US chartered

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1816 Samuel Taylor Coleridge recites his poem "Kubla Khan" to fellow poet Lord Byron, who persuades him to publish it

Poet, Critic, and Philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poet, Critic, and Philosopher
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • 1821 Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople is hanged by the Turks from the main gate of the Patriarchate, his body thrown into the Bosphorus
  • 1825 1st hotel in Hawaii opens
  • 1825 Nicaraguan constituent assembly meets at Leon
  • 1826 The 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town Messolonghi start leaving the town after a year's siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive.

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1827 George Canning becomes British Prime Minister upon the resignation of Robert Jenkinson, lives to serve only 119 days

British Prime Minister George Canning
British Prime Minister
George Canning
British Prime Minister Robert Jenkinson
British Prime Minister
Robert Jenkinson
  • 1841 New York Tribune begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley
  • 1845 More than 1,000 buildings damaged by fire in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

InventionHistoric Invention

1849 Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400

Inventor Walter Hunt
Walter Hunt
  • 1856 The Theta Chi Fraternity is founded at Norwich University, Vermont
  • 1858 "Big Ben", a 13.76 tonne bell, is recast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry
  • 1863 Confederate General Earl Van Dorn attacks at Franklin, Tennessee

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1864 Austrian Archduke Maximilian becomes Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico

Emperor of Mexico Maximilian I
Emperor of Mexico
Maximilian I

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1865 At Appomattox, General Robert E. Lee issues General Order #9, his last

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1866 American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) forms
  • 1868 British defeat King of Abyssinia at Magdala
  • 1869 Congress increases number of Supreme Court judges from 7 to 9
  • 1869 José Martí founds the Cuban Revolutionary Party.
  • 1871 William Hammond Hall's maps & surveys of Golden Gate Park accepted
  • 1872 1st National black convention meets in New Orleans
  • 1872 1st Arbor Day celebrated in Nebraska, later changed to Apr 22
  • 1877 1st human cannonball act performed in London
  • 1877 Federal troops withdrawn from Columbia, SC
  • 1878 California Street Cable Car Railroad Co starts service
  • 1882 Captain William Matson founds his shipping company (San Francisco & Hawaii)

  • 1884 US Senate accepts Belgian administration of Congo

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1887 US President Abraham Lincoln's re-buried with his wife in Springfield, Ilinois

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1898 First Navy Law is passed by the German Reichstag
  • 1912 RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden (and final) voyage
  • 1913 During the Montenegrin siege of Scutari, the Montenegrin coastline is blockaded
  • 1917 Munition factory explosion at Eddystone, Pennsylvania, kills 133 workers
  • 1919 Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos

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1923 Adolf Hitler demands "hatred & more hatred" in Berlin

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1925 Tsaritsyn re-named Stalingrad (now Volgograd)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1925 Scribners publishes "The Great Gatsby" by F Scott Fitzgerald

  • 1930 George Headley scores 223 v England at Kingston
  • 1930 Thiokol synthetic rubber 1st produced in Yardley, New Jersey

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1932 Paul von Hindenburg is re-elected President of Germany in a runoff election against Adolf Hitler

German President and WWI General Paul von Hindenburg
German President and WWI General
Paul von Hindenburg
  • 1936 200" mirror blank arrives in Pasadena

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1938 Second government of Blum replaced by Édouard Daladier's government in France

Prime Minister of France Édouard Daladier
Prime Minister of France
Édouard Daladier
  • 1938 Austria becomes a state of Germany
  • 1938 NY makes syphilis test mandatory in order to get a marriage license
  • 1939 Colijn's Dutch government opens camp Westerbork for German Jews
  • 1939 Grens mobilization due to Italian invasion in Albania
  • 1940 Vidkun Quisling forms Norwegian "national government"
  • 1941 German troops conquer Libyan county Cyrenaica
  • 1942 Cigarettes & candy rationed in Holland
  • 1943 12 Jewish patients of Herren Loo-Lozenoord escape nazis
  • 1943 General Montgomery occupies Sfax, Tunisia
  • 1944 "Patrolling the Ether" is shown on 3 TV stations simultaneously
  • 1944 Soviet forces liberate Odessa from Nazis
  • 1945 Canadian troops conquer Deventer
  • 1945 General Blaskowitz becomes nazi leader of "Fort Holland"
  • 1945 German troops attack Ijsselbrug
  • 1945 US troops land on Tsugen Shima Okinawa
  • 1945 William Schuman & Antony Tudor's ballet premieres in NYC
  • 1946 1st election for Japanese Parliament
  • 1947 King Frederik IX of Denmark crowned
  • 1948 Jewish Hagana repels an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek
  • 1953 Dag Hammarskjöld becomes the 2nd Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • 1955 Ruth Ellis shoots jilting lover David Blakely (last woman to be executed in the UK)
  • 1957 John Osborne's "Entertainer" premieres in London
  • 1957 Jordanian government of Naboelsi resigns
  • 1957 USSR performs atmospheric nuclear test
  • 1958 Northern strip of Spanish Sahara ceded to Morocco
  • 1960 Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill
  • 1961 Dutch foreign minister Luns talks to JFK about New Guinea
  • 1963 USS Thresher, a nuclear powered submarine, sinks 220 miles east of Boston killing 129 men, including 17 civilians
  • 1963 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1964 Demolition begins on Polo Grounds to clear way for housing project
  • 1964 Iranian motor launch catches fire & sinks killing 113 (Persian Gulf)
  • 1968 Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)
  • 1968 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1971 US table tennis team arrives in People's Republic of China
  • 1971 First game played at Philadelphia's Veteran's Stadium, Phils win 4-1
  • 1971 The Republican commemorations is held in Belfast of the Easter Rising (in 1916 in Dublin), revealing conflicts between the two wings of the Irish Republican Army
  • 1972 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
  • 1972 US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons
  • 1972 20 days after he was kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is executed by communist guerrillas
  • 1972 Two British soldiers are killed in a bomb attack in Derry
  • 1973 BEA flight to Basel Switzerland, crashes on landing, killing 104 of 143
  • 1973 KC opens its new park, Royals Stadium, with 12-1 rout of Rangers
  • 1973 Pakistan suspends constitution
  • 1974 American Boccaccio Association forms
  • 1974 Magicians Penn & Teller 1st meet

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1974 Yitzhak Rabin replaces resigning Israeli PM Golda Meir

5th Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin
5th Prime Minister of Israel
Yitzhak Rabin
4th Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir
4th Prime Minister of Israel
Golda Meir
  • 1979 Soyuz 33 launched with a Russian & a Bulgarian
  • 1979 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
  • 1981 Computer glitch keeps Space Shuttle Columbia grounded
  • 1981 France performs nuclear test
  • 1981 Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands elected to British Parliament for Northern Ireland county of Fermanagh and South Tyrone
  • 1983 Hennie Kuiper (Neth) wins Paris-Roubaix cycle race
  • 1983 Jordan king Hussein ceases negotiations with PLO
  • 1984 Damaged Solar Max satellite snared by Challenger shuttle
  • 1984 US Senate condemns CIA mining of Nicaraguan harbors

  • 1985 At 80 Leo Sites becomes oldest bowler to score a 300 game
  • 1985 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-B mission

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1986 Benazir Bhutto returns to Pakistan

Pakistani Politican Benazir Bhutto
Pakistani Politican
Benazir Bhutto
  • 1986 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1988 Herschel Walker performs Fort Worth Ballet
  • 1989 Intel corp announces shipment of 80-486 chip
  • 1990 CUNY/Lehman College, Bronx, opens a branch campus in Hiroshma, Japan
  • 1991 Boat rams a tanker in Livorno Italy fog, killing about 138
  • 1991 Last automat (coin operated cafeteria) closes (3rd & 42nd St, NYC)
  • 1991 Rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; first to be documented by satellites
  • 1992 25 die in a bus bombing in Sri Lanka
  • 1992 Floriade (Flower Show) opens at The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1993 BPAA US Open by Del Ballard Jr
  • 1995 NYC bans smoking in all restaurants that seat 35 or more
  • 1996 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
  • 1998 The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish governments
  • 2006 Hundreds of thousands protest H.R. 4437 (aka the "Sensenbrenner Bill") in the United States.
  • 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board including President Lech Kaczyński
  • 2012 United Nations deadline for Syrian troop withdrawal passes as violence continues
  • 2012 Apple Inc claims a value of $600 billion making it the largest company by market capitalization in the world

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2012 Rick Santorum suspends his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination making Mitt Romney the overwhelming favourite

Politician Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
  • 2013 Japan and Taiwan sign an agreement on fishing rights around the Senkaku Islands
  • 2014 88 civilians are killed by barrel bombs from Syrian war planes in Aleppo, Syria
  • 2014 The Council of Europe suspends Russia's right to vote
  • 2016 Explosions and a fire caused by fireworks at Puttingal Temple in Kerala, India, kills more than 100 and injures nearly 400

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2016 Hong Kong pro-democracy political party Demosistō established by Nathan Law, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow

Activist Joshua Wong
Joshua Wong
  • 2017 Edward Enninful is announced the new Editor of "British Vogue" its first male and black editor
  • 2017 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigns over relationship with an aide and possible misuse of state funds to cover it up

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2018 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg begins testifying before US Congress about data use and security

Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Founder
Mark Zuckerberg