April 10 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1407 Lama Deshin Shekpa visits the Ming Dynasty capital at Nanjing and is awarded the title Great Treasure Prince of Dharma

1516 1st Jewish ghetto established: Venice compels Jews to live in a specific area

1815 Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies experiences a cataclysmic eruption, one of the most powerful in history, killing around 71,000 people, causes global volcanic winter

1858 “Big Ben”, a 13.76 tonne bell, is recast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry

1972 US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons

1998 The Good Friday Agreement [Belfast Agreement] for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish governments

Today’s Historical Events

837 Comet 1P/837 F1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0334 AUs of Earth

847 St Leo IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope

879 Louis III becomes King of West Francia

1407 Lama Deshin Shekpa visits the Ming Dynasty capital at Nanjing and is awarded the title Great Treasure Prince of Dharma

1500 France captures duke Ludovico Sforza of Milan

1516 1st Jewish ghetto established: Venice compels Jews to live in a specific area

1552 Henri II of France occupies Metz

1589 Spanish troops conquer Geertruidenberg

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1953 “House of Wax” 1st color 3-D movie, premieres in New York

1954 KRGV TV channel 5 in Weslaco, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting

1956 Philips broadcasts 1st Dutch color TV programs

1957 “12 Angry Men”, directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Henry Fonda and Lee J. Cobb, is released

1967 39th Academy Awards: “A Man For All Seasons,” Best Picture, Elizabeth Taylor & Paul Scofield best actress/actor

1968 Musical “George M!”, based on the life of Broadway star George M. Cohan, opens at Palace Theater NYC for 435 performances

1968 40th Academy Awards: “In the Heat of the Night”, Rod Steiger & Katherine Hepburn win

1972 44th Academy Awards: “The French Connection”, Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1868 1st performance of Johannes Brahms‘ “A German Requiem”

1935 Vaughan Williams’ 4th Symphony premieres in London

1970 Paul McCartney officially announces the split of The Beatles

1986 “Big Deal” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 70 performances

1989 24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, George Strait, and K.T. Oslin win

1994 “Les Miserables” opens at Hiten Theatre, Osaka

1995 “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 24 performances

2006 40th CMT Music Awards: Keith UrbanCarrie Underwood & Kenny Chesney win

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1874 British Open Men’s Golf, Musselburgh Links: Mungo Park wins first title by 2 strokes from Tom Morris Jr

1887 Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen

1896 Spyridon Louis of Greece wins inaugural Olympic marathon (2:58:50) in Athens; runs last lap accompanied by Constantine I

1896 High jumper Ellery Clark leads an American sweep of the placings with a leap of 1.81m at the Athens Olympics; his 2nd victory of the Games after taking out the long jump

1896 American athlete Thomas Burke claims the sprint double at the Athens Olympics winning the 100m final in 12.0s; his 2nd victory of the Games after success in the 400m

1913 President Woodrow Wilson throws out 1st ball, Senators beat Yankees 2-1

1913 New York Highlanders play first MLB game as the New York Yankees; lose to the Washington Senators, 2-1 at Griffith Stadium

1916 The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is founded in New York City