About October 10

October 10, 2021 is the 283rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 82 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Libra is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Opal is the modern birthstone for this month. Jasper is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 114 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 10

  • 19
    Roman general Germanicus suddenly dies in Antioch under mysterious circumstances. Roman historian Tactius records that Germanicus was poisoned by Syrian Governor Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso under orders from Roman Emperor Tiberius.
  • 680
    Battle of Karbala: Hussain bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is decapitated by forces under Caliph Yazid I. This is commemorated by Muslims as Aashurah.
  • 732
    Battle of Tours: Near Poitiers, France, the leader of the Franks, Charles Martel and his men, defeat a large army of Moors, stopping the Muslims from spreading into Western Europe. The governor of Cordoba, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, is killed during the battle.
  • 1780
    The Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000-30,000 in the Caribbean.
  • 1845
    In Annapolis, Maryland, the Naval School (later renamed the United States Naval Academy) opens with 50 midshipman students and seven professors.
  • 1860
    The original cornerstone of the University of the South is laid in Sewanee, Tennessee.
  • 1911
    The Kowloon-Canton Railway (split into MTR East Rail Line and Guangshen Railway now) commences service between Kowloon and Canton.
  • 1944
    Holocaust: 800 Gypsy children are murdered at Auschwitz concentration camp.
  • 1957
    The Windscale fire in Cumbria, U.K. is the world’s first major nuclear accident.
  • 1964
    The opening ceremony at The 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, is broadcast live in the first Olympic telecast relayed by geostationary communication satellite.
  • 1967
    The Outer Space Treaty, signed on January 27 by more than sixty nations, comes into force.
  • 1970
    Fiji becomes independent.
  • 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, London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
  • 1975
    Papua New Guinea joins the United Nations.
  • 1980
    A magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurs in the Algerian town of El Asnam. 3.500 die and 300,000 are left homeless.
  • 1986
    An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale strikes San Salvador, El Salvador, killing an estimated 1,500 people.
  • 1997
    An Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74.
  • 2006
    The Greek city of Volos floods in one of the prefecture’s worst recorded floods.
  • 2010
    The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved as a country.

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