10 October

October 10 is the 283rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 82 days remain until the end of the year. 

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about October 10th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about October 10th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Cake Decorating Day
  • World Porridge Day
  • National Hug a Drummer Day
  • World Homeless Day
  • National Handbag Day
  • World Mental Health Day
  • SHIFT10 Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – October 10

2010: The Country of Netherlands Antilles is Dissolved

The Caribbean Dutch dependency, also sometimes known as the Dutch Antilles, was formed in 1954. The dissolution came after a series of referendums to become independent states within the Kingdom of the Netherlands were passed on the Islands of Curaçao, St Maarten, Bonaire, and Saba.

1970: Fijian independence

The South Pacific Ocean island country had been ruled by the British since 1874. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara became the first prime minister of independent Fiji.

1967: Outer Space Treaty is Enforced

Also known as the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, it regulated the exploration and use of outer space and created the field of international space law. The treaty declared that outer space and all celestial bodies were the common heritage of mankind and could not be claimed by any one nation.

1964: The Tokyo Summer Olympics Begin

93 countries participated in the first Olympics to be held in Asia. As a tribute to the horrors of the Second World War, Yoshinori Sakai, who was born in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the day an atomic bomb destroyed the city, was chosen as the torchbearer to light the Olympic flame during the opening. The Tokyo Olympics was also the first Olympic Games that used satellites – Syncom 3 in the United States and Relay 1 in Europe – to telecast the games. Some of the games were also broadcasted in color for the first time.

1933: United Airlines Boeing 247 explosion

In one of the oldest unsolved cases in aviation history, the airplane which was flying from Newark, New Jersey to Oakland California exploded mid-air and crashed near Chesterton, Indiana. All 7 passengers and crew members died in the incident. To this day, it is not known what and who caused the explosion.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, October 10

1979: Mýa, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, actress

1969: Brett Favre, American football player

1930: Harold Pinter, English playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, Nobel Prize laureate

1861: Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian, Nobel Prize laureate

1813: Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, October 10

2010: Solomon Burke, American singer-songwriter

2009: Stephen Gately, Irish singer-songwriter, dancer, actor

2004: Christopher Reeve, American actor

1985: Orson Welles, American actor, director, producer, screenwriter

1875: Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian poet, author, playwright

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