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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.. October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 82 days remaining.

While today isn’t really anything special, we, with the help of a quite funny video found on YouTube, have decided to make Oct. 10th a special day.. Tenten Day.

Some various events and happenings from history on today, Oct 10th follows.


Year – Event 

680 – Battle of Karbala: Shia Imam Husayn bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, was decapitated by forces under Caliph Yazid I. This is commemorated by Shi’a Muslims as Aashurah.
732 – Battle of Tours: Near Poitiers, France, 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 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 defeated the Protestants, capturing Philippe de Mornay among others.
1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
1631 – A Saxon army takes over Prague.
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 midshipmen students and seven professors.
1860 – The original cornerstone of the University of the South is laid in Sewanee, Tennessee.
1868 – Carlos Céspedes issues the Grito de Yara from his plantation, La Demajagua, proclaiming Cuba’s independence.
1889 – Barnard College is founded.
1910 – Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity is established at Columbia University.
1911 – Wuchang Uprising leads to the demise of Qing Dynasty, the last Imperial court in China, and the founding of the Republic of China.
1911 – The KCR East Rail commences service between Kowloon and Canton.
1913 – U.S. President Woodrow Wilson triggers the explosion of the Gamboa Dike thus ending construction on the Panama Canal.
1919 – Richard Strauss’ opera Die Frau ohne Schatten receives its debut performance in Vienna.
1920 – The Carinthian Plebiscite determines that the larger part of Carinthia became part of Austria.
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.
1935 – A tornado destroys the 160 metre tall wooden radio tower in Langenberg. As a result of this catastrophe, few wooden towers are constructed after this date.
1938 – The Blue Water Bridge opens, connecting Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario
1938 – The Munich Agreement cedes the Sudetenland to Nazi Germany.
1944 – Holocaust: 800 Gypsy children are systematically murdered at Auschwitz death camp.
1954 – The Communist Party of Honduras is founded.
1957 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he was refused service in a Dover, Delaware restaurant.
1957 – The Windscale fire in Cumbria, UK becomes the worlds first major nuclear accident.
1963 – France cedes control of the Bizerte naval base to Tunisia.
1967 – The Outer Space Treaty, signed on January 27 by more than sixty nations, enters into force.
1969 – King Crimson releases their debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, considered by many to be the first progressive rock album.
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, the London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
1973 – Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew resigns after being charged with federal income tax evasion.
1979 – The Pac-Man arcade game is released to the Japanese market by Namco.
1985 – United States Navy F-14 fighter jets intercept an Egyptian plane carrying the Achille Lauro cruise ship hijackers and force it to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily where they are arrested.
1986 – An earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale strikes San Salvador, El Salvador, killing an estimated 1,500 people.
1995 – South African President Nelson Mandela attends Genadendal.
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.

Holidays and Observances

Occasionally (once every five or six years, when it falls on a Monday), October 10th is when Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving are observed. Far less frequently, October 10th is coincidental with Yom Kippur.
RC Saints – Saint Thomas of Villanueva? ; Saint Paulinus of York (in England); Viktor of Xanten; Saint Cerbonius
Republic of China (Taiwan) – National Day (Double Tenth Day ????)
Fiji – Fiji Day (National Day)
Japan – National Health-Sports Day
Japan – Tom Cruise Day: awarded to the actor Tom Cruise by the Japan Memorial Day Association for his “love” and “close association with” the nation of Japan. He is the first Hollywood star to receive such an honor. First observed October 10, 2006. [1]
World Mental Health Day
Old Michelmas – Celtic holiday
French Republican Calendar – Tournesol (Sunflower) Day, nineteenth day in the Month of Vendémiaire
North Korea – Party Foundation Party (celebration the founding of the Workers Party of Korea)
Finland – The Day of Finnish literature