It happened today – this day in history – October 10

1549: The Duke of Somerset is fired as Lord Protector and imprisoned.

1631: The Saxon army occupies Prague.

1659: Death of explorer Abel Tasman.

1780: A hurricane kills up to 30,000 people in the Caribbean.

1787: Amsterdam surrenders to the invading Prussian army.

1813: Birth of composer Guiseppe Verdi.

1839: British troops occupy Beirut.

1846: Neptune’s moon Triton is discovered by William Lassell.

1874: Fiji becomes a British possession.

1892: The entire Hong Kong national cricket team dies in shipwreck off Taiwan.

1899: Inventor Issac R. Johnson patents the modern bicycle frame.

1903: The Women’s Social and Political Union was formed by Emmeline Pankhurst to fight for women’s right to vote.

1913: The Gamboa Dam in Panama is blown up resulting in Atlantic and Pacific waters mixing.

1928: Chiang Kai-shek becomes Director of the State Council of China.

1935: George Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” opens on Broadway.

1954: Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after the withdrawal of French troops.

1957: A fire at the Windscale nuclear plant in Cumbria becomes the world’s first major nuclear accident.

1963: From Russia With Love, the second James Bond film, premiers in London.

1966: The Beach Boys single Good Vibrations is released.

1967: Brendan Behan’s Borstal Boy premiers in Dublin.

1969: The release of King Crimson’s debut album In The Court of the Crimson King.

1970: Fiji gains independence from Britain.

1973: US vice president Spiro Agnew resigns after pleading no contest to allegations of tax fraud.

1974: Labour wins the general election and Harold Wilson becomes prime minister again.

1980: Funeral of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

1985: Death of actor and director Orson Welles. On the same day, actor Yul Brynner succumbs to cancer.

1986: Shimon Peres resigns as prime minister of Israel.

2002: Former cricketer Imran Khan is elected to the Pakistani parliament.

2009: After 200 years Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich to open their borders. On the same day, Boyzone singer Steven Gately dies aged 33.

BIRTHDAYS: Nicholas Parson, TV and radio personality, 96; Judith Chalmers, TV presenter, 83; Peter Coyote, (Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon) actor, 78; Charles Dance, actor, 73; Chris Tarrant, TV and radio presenter, 73; Midge Ure, musician, 66; David Lee Roth, singer (Van Halen) 65; Martin Kemp, actor/musician 58; Tony Adams, former footballer, 53; Matthew Pinsent, Olympic rower, 49; Una Healy, singer (The Saturday) 38.

Mick Ferris

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