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    What happened on October 10 in History

    On this day

    DateWhat happened
    October 10, 19Germanicus, the best loved of Roman princes, dies of poisoning. On his deathbed he accuses Piso, the governor of Syria, of poisoning him.
    October 10, 732At Tours, France, Charles Martel kills Abd el-Rahman and halts the Muslim invasion of Europe.
    October 10, 1733France declares war on Austria over the question of Polish succession.
    October 10, 1789In Versailles France, Joseph Guillotin says the most humane way of carrying out a death sentence is decapitation by a single blow of a blade.
    October 10, 1794Russian General Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov crushes the rebel Polish army at Maciejowice, Poland.
    October 10, 1845The U.S. Naval Academy is founded at Annapolis, Md.
    October 10, 1863The first telegraph line to Denver is completed.
    October 10, 1877Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer is buried at West Point in New York.
    October 10, 1911Revolution in China begins with a bomb explosion and the discovery of revolutionary headquarters in Hankow. The revolutionary movement spread rapidly through west and southern China, forcing the abdication of the last Ch’ing emperor, six-year-old Henry Pu-Yi. By October 26, the Chinese Republic will be proclaimed, and on December 4, Premier Yuan Shih-K’ai will sign a truce with rebel general Li Yuan-hung.
    October 10, 1911The Panama Canal opens.
    October 10, 1933At Rio de Janeiro, nations of the Western Hemisphere sign a non-aggression and conciliation treaty. President Roosevelt adopts a "good neighbor" policy toward Latin America and announces a policy of nonintervention in Latin American affairs at the December 7th International American Conference at Montevideo, Uruguay.
    October 10, 1941Soviet troops halt the German advance on Moscow.
    October 10, 1953The Mutual Defense Treaty between the US and South Korea signed.
    October 10, 1966U.S. Forces launch Operation Robin, in Hoa Province south of Saigon in South Vietnam, to provide road security between villages.
    October 10, 1970The Quebec Provincial Minister of Labour, Pierre Laporte, is kidnapped by terrorists.
    October 10, 1971The London Bridge, built in 1831 and dismantled in 1967, reopens in Lake Havusu City, Arizona, after being sold to Robert P. McCulloch and moved to the United States.
    October 10, 1973Spiro Agnew resigns the vice presidency amid accusations of income tax evasion. President Richard Nixon names Gerald Ford as the new vice president. Agnew is later convicted and sentenced to three years probation and fined $10,000.
    October 10, 1985An Egyptian plane carrying hijackers of the Achille Lauro cruise ship is intercepted by US Navy F-14s and forced to land at a NATO base in Sicily.
    October 10, 2008Orakzai bombing, Afghanistan: members of the Taliban drive an explosive-laden truck into a meeting of 600 people discussing ways to rid their area of the Taliban; the bomb kills 110.

    Born on October 10

    October 10, 1731Henry Cavendish, English physicist who measured the density and mass of the Earth.
    October 10, 1813Giuseppe Verdi, composer (Rigoletto, Aida).
    October 10, 1900Helen Hayes, American actress.
    October 10, 1901Alberto Giacometti, sculptor and painter.
    October 10, 1920Thelonius Monk, jazz pianist and composer.
    October 10, 1924James Clavell, novelist (Shogun, Noble House).
    October 10, 1930Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Homecoming, Betrayal).
    October 10, 1940Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician; grandson of famed Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
    October 10, 1946John Prine, singer, songwriter; influential for his poem-like lyrics ("The Great Compromise," "Blue Umbrella").
    October 10, 1946Ben Vereen, actor (Roots miniseries).
    October 10, 1949Wang Wanxing, Chinese rights advocate; prisoner for 13 years in detention centers and psychiatric institutions (Ankang), he is the only person thus far to be released from these institutions and allowed to live in a Western country.
    October 10, 1954David Lee Roth, singer, songwriter, actor, author; lead vocalist for hard rock band Van Halen; member of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame (2007).
    October 10, 1958Tanya Tucker, singer whose first hit, "Delta Dawn," came when she was just 13.
    October 10, 1963Daniel Pearl, journalist; captured and beheaded by Al Queda in Pakistan; Daniel Pearl Foundation to promote tolerance and understanding internationally founded in his memory.
    October 10, 1969Brett Favre, pro football player; only pro quarterback to throw for over 70,000 yards, completing 6,000 passes, including over 500 for touchdowns.
    October 10, 1974Dale Earnhardt Jr., stock car racing driver and team owner; won Most Popular Driver Award in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 10 times (2003–2012).