About October 10

October 10, 2020 is the 284th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 82 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 125 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On October 10

  • 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.
  • 1471
    Battle of Brunkeberg in Stockholm: Sten Sture the Elder, the Regent of Sweden, with the 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 defeat the Protestants, capturing Philippe de Mornay among others.
  • 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.
  • 1911
    The Wuchang Uprising leads to the demise of Qing Dynasty, the last Imperial court in China, and the founding of the Republic of China.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    The Soviet Union establishes diplomatic relations with Australia.
  • 1957
    The Windscale fire in Cumbria, U.K. is the world’s first major nuclear accident.
  • 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.
  • 1997
    An Austral Airlines DC-9-32 crashes and explodes near Nuevo Berlin, Uruguay, killing 74.
  • 1998
    A Lignes Aériennes Congolaises Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 41 people.
  • 2008
    The 10 October 2008 Orakzai bombing kills 110 and injures 200 more.
  • 2010
    The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved as a country.

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