October 10 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

680 Al-Hussein (Al-Ḥusayn ibn) and his followers killed at Karbala by army of Yazid, the Umayyad caliph, on the way to Kufa

1780 Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in the Caribbean, hitting Barbados first. Atlantic’s deadliest recorded hurricane.

1954 Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after withdrawal of French troops

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

Today’s Historical Events

354 Roman Emperor Constantius gives grand circus and theater shows to mark 30th year of his reign as Caesar in Arles

680 Al-Hussein (Al-Ḥusayn ibn) and his followers killed at Karbala by army of Yazid, the Umayyad caliph, on the way to Kufa

732 Battle of Tours: Umayyad army led by Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi defeated by Frankish Aquitainian force led by Charles Martel during Umayyad invasion of Gaul

1375 Westfriese sea wall breaks flooding northern Netherlands

1471 Battle of Brunkeberg: Swedish regent Sten Sture defeats forces led by Danish King Christian I

1549 Duke of Somerset fired as Lord Protector & imprisoned

1575 Battle of Dormans: Roman Catholic forces under Duke Henry of Guise defeated the Protestants, capturing Philippe de Mornay among others.

1578 Count Johan Casimir occupies Ghent with 500 horsemen

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1954 1st National Film Awards (India): “Shyamchi Aai” wins the Golden Lotus

1956 “Giant”, directed by George Stevens, starring Elizabeth TaylorRock Hudson and James Dean in his last role, premieres in NYC

1960 WGTE TV channel 30 in Toledo, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting

1961 Variety TV show “The Bob Newhart Show” premieres on NBC in the US

1963 “From Russia With Love” 2nd James Bond film based on a novel by Ian Fleming, starring Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi, premieres in London

1965 The Supremes appear on the “The Ed Sullivan Show”

1979 Rock band Fleetwood Mac gets a star in Hollywood

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1919 Richard Strauss and Hugo van Hofmannsthal’s opera “Die Frau ohne Schatten” (The Woman Without A Shadow), premieres in Vienna, Austria

1935 George Gershwin‘s “Porgy & Bess” opens on Broadway NY

1938 Premier of Dmitri Shostakovich‘s 1st String Quartet

1947 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical “Allegro” premieres at Majestic Theater, NYC; runs for 318 performances

1959 “Happy Town” closes at 84th St Theater NYC after 5 performances

1960 “Laughs & Other Events” opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 8 performances

1961 “Milk & Honey” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 543 performances

1965 “Drat! – The Cat!” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 8 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1892 Entire Hong Kong national cricket team dies in shipwreck off Taiwan

1899 African-American inventor Issac R. Johnson patents the bicycle frame

1904 Boston pitchers achieve 148 complete games-an AL record, also record for total complete games AL 1,098, NL 1,089

1916 In Game 3, Charlie Ebbets becomes the 1st owner to raise the price of World Series grandstand seats to $5-up from $3

1920 Cleveland Indians outfielder Elmer Smith hits baseball’s first ever World Series grand slam (Game 5, 1920)

1920 Indian Bill Wambsganns makes 1st unassisted World Series triple play

1920 Phoenix Cardinals (then in Chicago) play 1st NFL game, a 0-0 tie

1921 NFL Decatur Staleys become Chicago Staleys, win 14-10