10th October, on this day
of Karbala: Shia Imam Husayn
bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, was decapitated by forces
Yazid I. This is commemorated by Shi'a Muslims as Aashurah.
732 Battle of Tours. At the Battle of Tours near Poitiers, Frankish leader Charles Martel, a Christian, defeats a large army of Spanish Moors, halting the Muslim advance into Western Europe
1471 Battle of Brunkeberg in Stockholm: Sten Sture the Elder, the Regent of Sweden, with help of farmers and miners, repels an attack by Christian I, King of Denmark.
1575 Battle of Dormans: Roman Catholic forces under Duke Henry of Guise defeated the Protestants, capturing Philippe de Mornay among others.
1582 Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
1631 A Saxon army takes over Prague.
1780 Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean
1802 1st non indian settlement in Oklahoma
1845 The Naval School (now called US Naval Academy) opens at Annapolis
1846 Neptune's moon Triton discovered by William Lassell
1865 John Hyatts patents the billiard ball
1868 Cuba revolts for independence against Spain Declaration of the plan of Yara in Cuba
1874 Fiji becomes a British possession
1881 In London, the Savoy Theatre, Britain's first public building to be lit by electricity, opens with a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Patience'
1886 The dinner jacket makes its first appearance in public when worn by its creator at the Tuxedo Park Country Club in New York
1888 Teetotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 (Mud Run Pa)
1903 In Britain, Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst forms the Women's Social and Political Union to fight for female emancipation
1907 At the Opening of the Hungarian Parliament, there are demonstrations and strikes in Budapest demanding adult suffrage
1911 Accidental bomb explosion in Hankou, Wuhan, China leads to the ultimate fall of the Qing Empire. Wuchang Uprising : China's Imperial Dynasty is forced to abdicate and the country is proclaimed a republic by its new leader, Sun Yat-Sen
1913 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson triggers the explosion of the Gamboa Dike thus ending construction on the Panama Canal.
1914 During World War I, Germans forces capture the Belgian city of Antwerp
1920 The Carinthian Plebiscite determines that the larger part of Carinthia remained part of Austria.
1926 American singer Bing Crosby cuts his first record
1933 1st synthetic detergent for home use marketed
1933 United Airlines Chesterton Crash: A United Airlines Boeing 247 is destroyed by sabotage, the first such proven case in the history of commercial aviation.
1935 A tornado destroys the 160 metre tall wooden radio tower in Langenberg. As a result of this catastrophe, few wooden towers are constructed after this date.
1935 George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" opens on Broadway
1938 Germany completed annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland
1942 Soviet Union establishes diplomatic relations with Australia.
1943 Double Tenth Incident in Japanese controlled Singapore
1943 Chiang Kai-shek takes oath of office as president of China
1944 Holocaust: 800 Gypsy children are systematically murdered at Auschwitz death camp.
1945 The Chinese Communist Party and the Kuomintang signed a principle agreement in Chongqing about the future of post-war China. Later, the pact is commonly referred to as the Double-Ten Agreement.
1957 President Eisenhower apologizes to finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he is refused service in a Dover, Del, restaurant
1957 In Britain, a major radiation leak is detected at the Windscale Nuclear Plant in Cumbria following an accident three days earlier
1963 Treaty banning atmospheric nuclear tests signed by US, UK, USSR
1963 France cedes control of the Bizerte naval base to Tunisia.
1964 18th modern Olympic games opens in Tokyo
1967 The Outer Space Treaty, signed on January 27 by more than sixty nations, enters into force.
1968 George Harrison forms Singsong Ltd
1969 King Crimson releases their debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, considered by many to be the first progressive rock album.
1970 Fiji gains independence from Britain
1970 In Montreal, Quebec, a national crisis hits Canada when Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte becomes the second statesman kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group.
1971 Sold, dismantled and moved to the United States, the London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
1972 Sir John Betjeman becomes England's Poet Laureate
1972 Northern Irish peace campaigner Mairead Corrigan is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
1973 VP Spiro T Agnew pleads no contest to tax evasion and resigns
1974 10101975 Israel formally signs Sinai accord with Egypt
1975 After a divorce in early 1970's followed by several failed reconcilliations, British actor Richard Burton and American actress Elizabeth Taylor remarry in a remote village in Botswana. The couple divorce for a second time in 1976
1976 Greece's 98 year-old Dimitrion Yordanidis, is oldest man to compete in a marathon; he finishes in 7:33
1978 British pop magazine "Smash Hits," 1st published
1978 Presient Carter signs a bill authorizing the Susan B Anthony dollar
1979 Panama assumes sovereignty over Canal Area (ie Canal Zone)
1980 4,500 die when a pair of earthquakes strikes NW Algeria
1980 Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope network dedicated
1981 Anwar Sadat's funeral service is held in Cairo
1982 Pope John Paul II canonizes Rev M Kolbe, who volunteered to die in place of another inmate at Auschwitz concentration camp, a saint
1983 Israel's Knesset votes 60-53 to endorse Yitzhak Shamir as PM
1985 US fighter jets force Egyptian plane carrying hijackers of Italian ship Achille Lauro to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily where they are arrested.
1986 7.5 Earthquake strikes San Salvador, El Salvador killing an estimated 1,500 people.
1986 Israel Prime Minister Shimon Peres resigns
1987 Bruce Springsteen releases his 9th album "Tunnel of Love"
1991 Ex-postal worker Joseph Harris kills 4 postal workers
1991 Greyhound Bus ends bankruptcy
1997 At the British Airways stand at the Conservative Party Conference, former prime minister Margaret Thatcher gives the airline
a 'handbagging' by placing a white handkerchief over the model of an aircraft with the new style logo
1997 An Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74.
2005 Negotiations between the CDU/CSU and SPD in Germany had concluded that both parties would form a grand coaltion with Angela Merkel of the CDU as chancellor after both parties lost seats in the 2005 German federal election. She was subsequently elected in the Bundestag as chancellor on November 22 of the same year
10th October 2005
Quake toll tops 30,000
Aid begins arriving in quake zone
Guatemala villages 'mass graves'
10th October 2006
China urges UN action on N Korea
Police find 60 bodies in Baghdad
Human error caused Helios crash
10th October 2007
Doors closing on Iraqi displaced
Vaccine-linked polio hits Nigeria
Dreamliner hit by six-month delay
10th October 2008
Fear grips global stock markets
Dozens killed in Pakistan bombing
Bomb at Iraq market kills 13
10th October 2009
Nigeria tanker explosion kills 70
Pakistan militants take hostages
Protest over St Petersburg tower
Birthdates which occurred on October 10:
1731 Henry Cavendish
England, physicist/chemist (discovered hydrogen)
1738 Benjamin West painter (Death of General Wolfe)
1813 Giuseppe Verdi Italy, composed operas (Rigoletto, Aida, Otello)
1825 Paulus Kruger Pres of South African Republic (1883), Boer leader
1830 Queen Isabella II Queen of Spain (1833-68)
1834 Aleksis Kivi Finland, playwright (Kullervo, Seitsem„n Veljest„)
1861 Fridtjof Nansen Norweg Arctic explorer/humanitarian (Nobel 1922)
1892 Ivo Andric Yugoslavia, novelist (Bridge on the Drina, Nobel '61)
1895 Lin Y-t'ang China, writer (My Country & My People)
19-- Alan Rachins Cambridge Mass, actor (Douglas-LA Law)
19-- Bert Kramer San Diego Calif, actor (Sara, Mike-Fitzpatricks)
19-- Dana Elcar Ferndale Mich, actor (Baretta, Baa Baa Black Sheep)
19-- Michael Bivens rocker (New Edition-Heart Break)
19-- Noah Keen Cincinnati Ohio, actor (Det Lt Bone-Arrest & Trial)
1900 Helen Hayes Wash DC, actress (C‘sar & Cleopatra, Happy Birthday)
1906 Paul Creston [Giuseppe Guttoveggio], NY, composer (Creative Harmony)
1908 John Green NYC, composer (Body & Soul, Guy Lombardo's arranger)
1910 Price Daniel (Gov/Sen-D-Texas)
1913 Johnny Downs Brooklyn NY, actor (Manhattan Showcase)
1918 Bobby Byrne Columbus Ohio, orch leader (Club Seven)
1918 Thelonious Monk jazz pianist (Monk's Dream)
1924 James Clavell author (Tai Pan, Shogun) (or 1920)
1926 Richard Jaeckel NY, actor (3:10 to Yuma, Sands of Iwo Jima)
1930 Adlai Stevenson III (D-Sen-Ill)
1930 Harold Pinter England, playwright (Homecoming, Servant)
1933 Daniel Massey London, actress (Vault of Horror)
1941 Laurence Henry Tribe Shanghai China, Harvard Law professor
1946 Ben Vereen Miami Fla, actor/dancer (Pippin, Roots, Webster)
1946 Charles Dance England, actor (Plenty)
1946 Peter Mahvolich NHL star (Mont Canadiens)
1950 Dennis Holmes actor (Mike-Laramie)
1953 Gus Williams NBA guard (Golden State, Seattle, Washington)
1953 Midge Ure rocker (Dear God, Ultravox-We Came to Dance)
1955 David Lee Roth rock singer (Van Halen-Jump)
1958 John M Grunsfeld Chicago Ill, PhD/astronaut
1958 Tanya Tucker Seminole Tx, country singer/actress (Follow that Car)
1959 Chris Lowe rocker (Pet Shop Boys-Left to My Own Devices)
1961 Martin Kemp rocker (Spandau Ballet-True)
1964 Maxi Gnauck German DR, uneven parallel bars (Olympic-gold-1980)
1966 Kevin Paige vocalist (Don't Shut Me Out)
1973 Mario Lopez San Diego Calif, actor (Slater-Saved by the Bell)
1982 Eddie J Peck Lynchburg Pa, actor (Sutton-Wildside)
Deaths which occurred on October 10th:
1886 David L Yule 1st Jewish US senator, dies
1959 Prince Friedrich of Liechtenstein, dies
1964 Eddie Cantor comedian (Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater), dies at 72
1964 Russ Case orch leader (Julius La Rosa Show), dies at 52
1976 Connee Boswell singer (Pete Kelly's Blue), dies at 68
1978 Ralph H Metcalfe (Rep-D-Ill), dies at 68
1983 Ralph Richardson actor, dies at 80
1985 Orson Welles actor (Citizen Kane), dies at 70
1985 Yul Brynner actor (King & I), dies of cancer at 70
1990 Dick Jorgensen NFL referee, dies at 56
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