What happened on April 10? There are more than 279 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About April 10

April 10 In HistoryApril 10 is the 101st day of the year 2020. There are 265 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday. This day falls under the 15th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Sybertsville, Pennsylvania 18251 sunrise occured at 06:30 AM and sunset occured at 07:39 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aries. The modern birthstone for this month is Diamond while the mystical birthstone is Opal.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 308 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For April 10

  • 428
    Nestorius becomes Patriarch of Constantinople.
  • 837
    Halley’s Comet and Earth experienced their closest approach to one another when their separating distance equalled 0.0342 AU (3.2 million miles).
  • 879
    Louis III becomes King of the Western Franks.
  • 1407
    the lama Deshin Shekpa visits the Ming Dynasty capital at Nanjing. He is awarded with the title Great Treasure Prince of Dharma.
  • 1500
    Ludovico Sforza is captured by the Swiss troops at Novara and is handed over to the French.
  • 1606
    The Charter of the Virginia Company of London is established by royal charter by James I of England with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America.
  • 1710
    The Statute of Anne, the first law regulating copyright, enters into force in Great Britain.
  • 1741
    War of the Austrian Succession: Prussia defeats Austria in the Battle of Mollwitz.
  • 1815
    The Mount Tambora volcano begins a three-month-long eruption, lasting until July 15. The eruption ultimately kills 71,000 people and affects Earth’s climate for the next two years.
  • 1816
    The United States Government approves the creation of the Second Bank of the United States.
  • 1821
    Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople is hanged by the Ottoman government from the main gate of the Patriarchate and his body is thrown into the Bosphorus.
  • 1826
    The 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town Missolonghi start leaving the town after a year’s siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive.
  • 1856
    The Theta Chi fraternity is founded at Norwich University.
  • 1858
    The original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonne bell for the Palace of Westminster is cast in Stockton-on-Tees by Warner’s of Cripplegate. This however cracked during testing and is recast into the 13.76 tonne bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry and is still in use to date.
  • 1864
    Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg is elected emperor of Mexico.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: A day after his surrender to Union forces, Confederate General Robert E. Lee addresses his troops for the last time.
  • 1866
    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by Henry Bergh.
  • 1868
    At Arogee in Abyssinia, British and Indian forces defeat an army of Emperor Tewodros II. While 700 Ethiopians are killed and many more injured, only two die from the British/Indian troops.
  • 1874
    The first Arbor Day is celebrated in Nebraska.
  • 1887
    On Easter Sunday, Pope Leo XIII authorizes the establishment of The Catholic University of America.
  • 1904
    British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the third and final chapter of The Book of The Law.
  • 1912
    The Titanic leaves port in Southampton, England for her first and only voyage.
  • 1916
    The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is created in New York City.
  • 1919
    Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos.
  • 1925
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published in New York City, by Charles Scribner’s Sons.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Axis Powers in Europe establish the Independent State of Croatia from occupied Yugoslavia with Ante Pavelić's Ustaše fascist insurgents in power.
  • 1944
    Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler escape from the Birkenau death camp.
  • 1953
    Warner Brothers premieres the first 3-D film from a major American studio, entitled House of Wax.
  • 1957
    The Suez Canal is reopened for all shipping after being closed for three months.
  • 1959
    Akihito, future Emperor of Japan, weds Michiko.
  • 1963
    129 people die when the submarine USS Thresher sinks at sea.
  • 1968
    Shipwreck of the New Zealand inter-island ferry TEV Wahine outside Wellington harbour.
  • 1970
    Paul McCartney announces that he leaves The Beatles for personal and professional reasons.
  • 1971
    Ping Pong Diplomacy: In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People’s Republic of China hosts the U.S. table tennis team for a weeklong visit.
  • 1972
    20 days after he is kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is executed by communist guerrillas.
  • 1972
    Seventy-four nations sign the Biological Weapons Convention, the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the production of biological weapons.
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: For the first time since November 1967, American B-52 bombers reportedly begin bombing North Vietnam.
  • 1973
    A British Vanguard turboprop crashes during a snowstorm at Basel, Switzerland killing 104.
  • 1979
    Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
  • 1991
    A rare tropical storm develops in the South Atlantic Ocean near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites.
  • 1991
    Italian ferry Moby Prince collides with an oil tanker in dense fog off Livorno, Italy killing 140.
  • 1992
    The Maraghar Massacre, killing of ethnic Armenian civil population of the village Maraghar by Azerbaijani troops during the Nagorno-Karabakh War.
  • 2009
    President of Fiji Ratu Josefa Iloilo announces he will suspend the constitution and assume all governance in the country, creating a constitutional crisis.
  • 2010
    Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board including President Lech Kaczyński.

Who Were Born On April 10?

  • 401
    Theodosius II, Roman emperor (d. 450)
  • 1512
    James V of Scotland, Scottish king (d. 1542)
  • 1583
    Hugo Grotius, Dutch philosopher and writer (d. 1645)
  • 1651
    Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus, German mathematician (d. 1708)
  • 1656
    René Lepage de Sainte-Claire, lord-founder of the town of Rimouski, in New France (d. 1718)
  • 1704
    Benjamin Heath, English classical scholar (d. 1766)
  • 1713
    John Whitehurst, English clockmaker and scientist (d. 1788)
  • 1735
    Button Gwinnett, Signer of the US Declaration of Independence (d. 1777)
  • 1755
    Samuel Hahnemann, German physician (d. 1843)
  • 1756
    William Carnegie, 7th Earl of Northesk, Royal Navy admiral (d. 1831)
  • 1762
    Giovanni Aldini, Italian physicist (d. 1834)
  • 1778
    William Hazlitt, English writer (d. 1830)
  • 1783
    Hortense de Beauharnais, Queen consort of Holland (d. 1837)
  • 1794
    Matthew C. Perry, American commodore (d. 1858)
  • 1796
    James “Jim” Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (d. 1836)
  • 1806
    Juliette Drouet, French actress (d. 1883)
  • 1827
    Lew Wallace, American Civil War figure and novelist (d. 1905)
  • 1829
    William Booth, English founder of the Salvation Army (d. 1912)
  • 1837
    Forceythe Willson, American poet (d. 1867)
  • 1847
    Joseph Pulitzer, American journalist and publisher (d. 1911)
  • 1864
    Eugen d'Albert, German composer (d. 1932)
  • 1865
    Jack Miner, Canadian conservationist (d. 1944)
  • 1867
    George William Russell, Irish nationalist (d. 1935)
  • 1868
    George Arliss, English actor (d. 1946)
  • 1873
    Alfred Kubin, Austrian expressionist illustrator and writer (d. 1959)
  • 1873
    Kyösti Kallio, Finnish president (d. 1940)
  • 1880
    Frances Perkins, American politician (d. 1965)
  • 1880
    Mohammed Nadir Shah, Afghan king (d. 1933)
  • 1880
    Montague Summers, English writer (d. 1948)
  • 1887
    Bernardo Houssay, Argentine physiologist, Nobel laureate (d. 1971)
  • 1891
    Frank Barson, English footballer (d. 1968)
  • 1894
    Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist (d. 1983)
  • 1897
    Ross Youngs, American baseball player (d. 1927)
  • 1903
    Clare Boothe Luce, American activist, (d. 1987)
  • 1910
    Paul Sweezy, American economist and editor (d. 2004)
  • 1911
    Martin Denny, American musician (d. 2005)
  • 1912
    Boris Kidrič, Slovenian politician (d. 1953)
  • 1913
    Stefan Heym, German author (d. 2001)
  • 1915
    Harry Morgan, American actor (d. 2011)
  • 1917
    Robert Burns Woodward, American chemist, Nobel laureate (d. 1979)
  • 1918
    Lee Bergere, American actor (d. 2007)
  • 1921
    Chuck Connors, American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1921
    Sheb Wooley, American actor and singer (d. 2003)
  • 1923
    Roger Gaillard, Haitian historian and novelist (d. 2000)
  • 1924
    Kenneth Noland, American painter (d. 2010)
  • 1925
    Linda Goodman, American astrologer (d. 1995)
  • 1926
    Junior Samples, American southern comedian (d. 1983)
  • 1927
    Marshall Warren Nirenberg, American scientist, Nobel laureate (d. 2010)
  • 1929
    Max von Sydow, Swedish actor
  • 1929
    Mike Hawthorn, English race car driver (d. 1959)
  • 1930
    Claude Bolling, French jazz composer and pianist
  • 1930
    Dolores Huerta, American labor activist
  • 1930
    Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actor and comedian (d. 2006)
  • 1930
    Spede Pasanen, Finnish comedian (d. 2001)
  • 1932
    Omar Sharif, Egyptian actor
  • 1933
    Rokusuke Ei, Japanese lyricist and author
  • 1934
    David Halberstam, American journalist and author (d. 2007)
  • 1935
    John A. Bennett, American convicted rapist (d. 1961)
  • 1936
    John Madden, American football coach and broadcaster
  • 1937
    Bella Akhmadulina, Russian poet (d. 2010)
  • 1938
    Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (d. 2010)
  • 1939
    Claudio Magris, Italian author
  • 1940
    Gloria Hunniford, Northern Irish TV and radio presenter
  • 1941
    Paul Theroux, American author
  • 1942
    Ian Callaghan, English footballer
  • 1942
    Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician (d. 1998)
  • 1943
    Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete
  • 1946
    Adolf Winkelmann, German film director
  • 1946
    Bob Watson, American baseball player and executive
  • 1946
    David Angell, American television producer (d. 2001)
  • 1947
    Bunny Wailer, Jamaican musician
  • 1949
    Daniel Mangeas, French sports commentator
  • 1950
    Akiko Wada, Japanese singer and television performer
  • 1950
    Eddie Hazel, American guitarist (P-Funk and The Temptations) (d. 1992)
  • 1950
    Ken Griffey, Sr., American baseball player
  • 1951
    David Helvarg, American journalist and environmental activist
  • 1952
    Narayan Rane, Indian politician
  • 1952
    Steven Seagal, American actor
  • 1954
    Anne Lamott, American writer
  • 1954
    Peter MacNicol, American actor
  • 1955
    Lesley Garrett, British soprano
  • 1957
    John M. Ford, American science fiction author and poet (d. 2006)
  • 1957
    Steven Gustafson, American musician (10,000 Maniacs)
  • 1958
    Bob Bell, British engineer
  • 1958
    Kenneth Edmonds, American music producer
  • 1958
    Yefim Bronfman, Russian-born pianist
  • 1959
    Brian Setzer, American musician (Stray Cats)
  • 1959
    Davy Carton, Irish musician (Saw Doctors)
  • 1959
    Yvan Loubier, Canadian politician
  • 1960
    Katrina Leskanich, American musician
  • 1960
    Steve Bisciotti, American pro football team owner
  • 1960
    Terry Teagle, American basketball player
  • 1961
    Joe Cole, American roadie (d. 1991)
  • 1961
    Nicky Campbell, Scottish TV & radio presenter
  • 1962
    Steve Tasker, American football player
  • 1963
    Doris Leuthard, Swiss politician
  • 1963
    Jeff Gray, American baseball player
  • 1963
    Warren DeMartini, American musician
  • 1965
    Tim Alexander, American musician
  • 1967
    David Rovics, American folksinger
  • 1967
    Donald Dufresne, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1968
    Orlando Jones, American actor and comedian
  • 1969
    Billy Jayne, American actor
  • 1969
    Ekaterini Koffa, Greek sprinter
  • 1969
    Mike Mushok, American musician
  • 1970
    Enrico Ciccone, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1970
    Kenny Lattimore, American singer
  • 1970
    Leonard Dorin, Canadian boxer
  • 1970
    Q-Tip, American musician
  • 1971
    Al Reyes, Dominican baseball player
  • 1971
    Brad William Henke, American actor
  • 1973
    Aidan Moffat, Scottish musician
  • 1973
    Christopher Simmons, American designer
  • 1973
    Guillaume Canet, French actor and film director
  • 1973
    Roberto Carlos, Brazilian footballer
  • 1974
    Eric Greitens, American former military officer
  • 1974
    Henning Wehn, German comedian
  • 1974
    Petros Passalis, Greek footballer
  • 1975
    Chris Carrabba, American singer
  • 1975
    Matthew Phillips, New Zealand-born Italian rugby player
  • 1976
    Sara Renner, Canadian cross country skier
  • 1978
    Sir Christus, Finnish guitarist
  • 1979
    Kenyon Coleman, American football player
  • 1979
    Peter Kopteff, Finnish footballer
  • 1979
    Rachel Corrie, American activist (d. 2003)
  • 1979
    Shemekia Copeland, American singer
  • 1979
    Sophie Ellis-Bextor, English singer
  • 1979
    Tsuyoshi Domoto, Japanese artist
  • 1980
    Bryce Soderberg, American musician
  • 1980
    Charlie Hunnam, British actor
  • 1980
    Kasey Kahne, American race-car driver
  • 1980
    Sean Avery, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981
    Alexei Semenov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1981
    Gretchen Bleiler, American snowboarder
  • 1981
    Laura Bell Bundy, American actor
  • 1981
    Liz McClarnon, British singer (Atomic Kitten)
  • 1981
    Michael Pitt, American actor
  • 1982
    Andre Ethier, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Chyler Leigh, American actress
  • 1982
    Damián Lanza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1983
    Jamie Chung, American actress
  • 1983
    Ryan Merriman, American actor
  • 1984
    Cara DeLizia, American actress
  • 1984
    Jeremy Barrett (figure skater), American figure skater
  • 1984
    Mandy Moore, American singer/actor
  • 1985
    Dion Phaneuf, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986
    Andrea Cesaro, Italian footballer
  • 1986
    Ayesha Takia, Indian actress
  • 1986
    Fernando Gago, Argentine footballer
  • 1986
    Olivia Borlée, Belgian athlete
  • 1986
    Vincent Kompany, Belgian footballer
  • 1987
    Hayley Westenra, New Zealand soprano
  • 1987
    Shay Mitchell, Canadian Actress
  • 1988
    Haley Joel Osment, American actor
  • 1990
    Alex Pettyfer, English actor
  • 1990
    Ben Amos, English footballer
  • 1990
    Giorgos Economides, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • 1990
    Lulinha, Brazilian footballer
  • 1991
    A.J. Michalka, American actress and singer
  • 2007
    Princess Ariane of the Netherlands

Who Died On April 10?

  • 879
    King Louis the Stammerer of the West Franks (b. 846)
  • 948
    King Hugh of Italy
  • 1533
    King Frederick I of Denmark (b. 1471)
  • 1545
    Costanzo Festa, Italian composer
  • 1585
    Pope Gregory XIII (b. 1502)
  • 1599
    Gabrielle d'Estrée, mistress of Henry IV of France (b. 1571)
  • 1601
    Mark Alexander Boyd, Scottish poet (b. 1562)
  • 1619
    Thomas Jones, Archbishop of Dublin (b. c. 1550)
  • 1640
    Agostino Agazzari, Italian composer (b. 1578)
  • 1646
    Santino Solari, Swiss architect and sculptor (b. 1576)
  • 1667
    Jan Marek Marci, Bohemian doctor and scientist (b. 1595)
  • 1704
    William Egon of Fürstenberg, Bishop of Strassburg (b. 1629)
  • 1706
    Arthur Chichester, 3rd Earl of Donegall, Irish soldier (b. 1666)
  • 1756
    Giacomo Antonio Perti, Italian composer (d. 1661)
  • 1760
    Jean Lebeuf, French historian (b. 1687)
  • 1786
    John Byron, British naval officer (b. 1723)
  • 1806
    Horatio Gates, American Revolutionary War figure (b. 1727)
  • 1813
    Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Italian-born mathematician (b. 1736)
  • 1823
    Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Austrian philosopher (b. 1757)
  • 1882
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English poet and painter (b. 1828)
  • 1904
    Queen Isabella II of Spain (b. 1830)
  • 1909
    Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet and critic (b. 1837)
  • 1910
    Jean Moréas, Greek poet (b. 1856)
  • 1919
    Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary figure (b. 1879)
  • 1920
    Moritz Cantor, German mathematician (b. 1829)
  • 1931
    Khalil Gibran, Lebanese poet and painter (b. 1883)
  • 1938
    Joe “King” Oliver, American musician (b. 1885)
  • 1945
    Charles Nordhoff, English-born writer (b. 1887)
  • 1945
    H.N. Werkman, Dutch artist and printer (b. 1882)
  • 1954
    Auguste Lumière, French film executive (b. 1862)
  • 1954
    Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (b. 1888)
  • 1955
    Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French paleontologist and theologian (b. 1881)
  • 1958
    Chuck Willis, American singer and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • 1962
    Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-born American director (b. 1886)
  • 1962
    Stuart Sutcliffe, English musician (The Beatles) (b. 1940)
  • 1965
    Linda Darnell, American actress (b. 1923)
  • 1965
    Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (b. 1928)
  • 1966
    Evelyn Waugh, English writer (b. 1903)
  • 1968
    Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (b. 1899)
  • 1969
    Harley J. Earl, American automobile designer (b. 1893)
  • 1975
    Marjorie Main, American actress (b. 1890)
  • 1979
    Nino Rota, Italian composer (b. 1911)
  • 1980
    Kay Medford, American actress (b. 1914)
  • 1983
    Issam Sartawi, Palestine Liberation Organization figure (b. 1935)
  • 1986
    Linda Creed, American songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 1991
    Kevin Peter Hall, American actor (b. 1955)
  • 1991
    Natalie Schafer, American actress (b. 1900)
  • 1992
    Sam Kinison, American comedian (b. 1953)
  • 1993
    Chris Hani, South African activist (b. 1942)
  • 1994
    Sam B. Hall, American politician (b. 1924)
  • 1995
    Morarji Desai, Indian statesman (b. 1896)
  • 1997
    Michael Dorris, American author (b. 1945)
  • 1998
    Jack Clemmons, American law enforcement officer (b. 1924)
  • 1998
    Seraphim, Archbishop of Athens (b. 1913)
  • 1999
    Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat, German-born biochemist (b. 1910)
  • 1999
    Jean Vander Pyl, American voice actress (b. 1919)
  • 2000
    Kirsten Rolffes, Danish actress (b. 1928)
  • 2000
    Larry Linville, American actor (b. 1939)
  • 2000
    Peter Jones, English actor (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Little Eva, American singer (b. 1943)
  • 2005
    Al Lucas, American football player (b. 1978)
  • 2005
    Archbishop Iakovos of America (b. 1911)
  • 2005
    Norbert Brainin, Austrian violinist (b. 1923)
  • 2005
    Scott Gottlieb, American drummer (Bleed the Dream) (b. 1970)
  • 2007
    Dakota Staton, American singer (b. 1930)
  • 2009
    Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • 2010
    Arthur Mercante, Sr., American boxing referee (b. 1920)
  • 2010
    Dixie Carter, American actress (b. 1939)
  • 2010
    Passengers in the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash, including: Anna Walentynowicz, Polish free trade activist (b. 1929)
  • 2010
    Passengers in the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash, including: Janusz Zakrzeński, Polish actor (b. 1936)
  • 2010
    Passengers in the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash, including: Lech Kaczyński, President of Poland (b. 1949)
  • 2010
    Passengers in the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash, including: Maria Kaczyńska, First Lady of Poland (b. 1942)
  • 2010
    Passengers in the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash, including: Ryszard Kaczorowski, Polish statesman (b. 1919)
  • 2011
    Homer Smith, American football coach (b. 1931)
  • 2011
    Mikhail Rusyayev, Russian footballer (b. 1964)

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