It happened today – this day in history – April 10

1516: The first Jewish ghetto is established when Venice compels Jews to live in a certain area.

1607: The British colonial expedition that would found Jamestown departs Puerto Rico for the American mainland.

1741:Prussia defeats Austria in the Battle of Mollwitz.

1815: Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies experiences a cataclysmic eruption, one of the most powerful in history, killing around 71,000 people.

1849: The safety pin is patented by Walter Hunt, who sells the rights for $400.

1864: Austrian Archduke Maximilian becomes Maximilian I, Emperor of Mexico.

1877: The first human cannonball act is performed in London.

1912: The RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden (and only) voyage.

1919: Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos.

1925: Tsaritsyn is re-named Stalingrad. On the same day, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald is published.

1931: Death of poet and painter Khalil Gibran.

1932: Paul von Hindenburg is re-elected President of Germany in a run-off election against Adolf Hitler.

1941: Croatia is established as a fascist German puppet state.

1944: Soviet forces liberate Odessa from the Nazis.

1953: Dag Hammarskjöld becomes the second Secretary-General of the United Nations.

1960: Arnold Palmer wins the US Masters in Augusta.

1961: Gary Player beats Arnold Palmer to become the first international golfer to win the US Masters

1962: Artist Stuart Sutcliffe, original bass player with The Beatles, dies of a brain haemorrhage in Hamburg, West Germany, age 22 as the band are on their way from Liverpool to visit him and girlfriend Astrid Kircher.

1967: Marvin Gaye records his version of I Heard It Through The Grapevine at Motown Studios, Detroit. On the same day, Elizabeth Taylor wins the best actress Oscar for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

1968: Fifty-one people die when a ferry capsizes in Wellington harbour, New Zealand, during one of the worst storms ever to hit the country. On the same day, Rod Steiger wins the best actor Oscar for “In The Heat Of The Night.”, which also wins best picture.

1970: Jim Morrison is dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a Doors concert in Boston, after Morrison asks the audience: “Would you like to see my genitals?” On the same day, Paul McCartney issues a press statement, announcing that The Beatles have split up.

1972: More than 5,000 people die in a massive earthquake in southern Iran. On the same day, The French Connection wins the Oscar for best picture. Gene Hackman takes the best actor award for his role as “Popeye” Doyle.


1974: Yitzhak Rabin replaces resigning Israeli PM Golda Meir. On the same day, magician Penn and Teller first meet.

1977: Tom Watson wins the US Masters for the first time.

1981: Imprisoned IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands is elected to Westminster as the MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

1983: King Hussein of Jordan ceases negotiations with the PLO.

1984: Nate Nelson, lead vocalist for The Flamingos dies of heart disease on his 52nd birthday.

1988: Sandy Lyle wins the US Masters.

Singles chart:

  1. Heart – The Pet Shop Boy
  2. Drop The Boy – Bros
  3. Love Changes (Everything) – Climie Fisher
  4. Could’ve Been – Tiffany
  5. Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
  6. Cross My Broken Heart – Sinitta
  7. I’m Not Scared – Eighth Wonder
  8. Prove Your Love – Taylor Dane
  9. Who’s Leaving Who – Hazell Dean
  10. Don’t Turn Around – Aswad
1988: Bros – Push

Album chart:

  1. Now That’s What I Call Music 11 – Various Artists
  2. Push – Bros
  3. The Best Of – OMD
  4. Popped In Souled Out – Wet Wet Wet
  5. Tango In The Night – Fleetwood Mac
  6. Dirty Dancing – Orriginal Soundtrack
  7. Actually – The Pet Shop Boys
  8. Introducing The Hardline According To – Terence Trent d’Arby
  9. Hip Hop And Rappping In The House – Various Artists
  10. Turn Back The Clock – Johnny Hates Jazz

1990: Tom Waits takes Doritos Chips to court for using a Waits sound-alike on radio ads. The jury awards him $2.475 million in punitive damages. On the same day, West Indies bowler Curtly Ambrose takes 8-45 vs England at Bridgetown.

1992: Comedian Sam Kinison dies in a car crash aged 38.

1994: Jose Maria Olazabal wins his first of two US Masters.

1998: The Good Friday Agreement is reached in Northern Ireland after two years of talks and 30 years of conflict.

2000: The manager of an Aldi supermarket in County Durham who was sacked for being HIV positive receives around £300,000 compensation in an out of court settlement with the company shortly before an employment tribunal is due to begin.

2003: Singer Little Eva (Boyd) dies in North Carolina, aged 59.

2005: Tiger Woods wins his fourth US Masters. On the same day, at 16 years, 271 days James Vaughan scores for Everton in a 4-0 win against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park to become the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history.

2007: The former home of Johnny Cash and his wife June Carter in Tennessee burns to the ground.

2013: Kate Bush receives the CBE from the Queen for services to music.

2019: A new species of human is announced named Homo luzonensis, 3ft tall, remains dated 50-60,000 years old found in cave on the island of Luzon, Philippines. On the same day, New York declares a public health emergency and compulsory vaccinations after a measles outbreak in Brooklyn.

2022: Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan is removed from power after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament.

2023: The Dalai Lama apologizes for a video showing him asking a boy to suck his tongue.

Daisy Ridley (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

BIRTHDAYS: Gloria Hunniford, broadcaster, 84; Steven Seagal, actor, 69; Lenny Pickett, saxophonist (Tower of Power) 70; Lesley Garrett, soprano, 69; Brian Setzer, guitarist/singer-songwriter, 65; Katrina Leskanich, guitarist/vocalist, (Katrina and the Waves) 65; Reni (Alan Wren) drummer (Stone Roses) 60; Roberto Carlos, footballer, 51; David Harbour, actor, 49; Sophie Ellis Bextor, singer, 45; Charlie Hunnam, actor, 44; Liz McClarnon, singer, (Atomic Kitten) 43; Chyler Leigh, actress, 42; Mandy Moore, actress/singer, 40; Vincent Kompany, football manager, 38; Hayley Westenra, singer, 37; Haley Joel Osment, actor, 36; Sadio Mane, footballer, 34; Alex Pettyfer, actor, 34; Daisy Ridley, actress, 32.