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Interesting historical events that occurred on April 10…

April 10, 2012

Late to the game, today.  My apologies for those who read this daily column.

Here’s what happened today in history, April 10:

837 – Halley’s Comet and Earth experienced their closest approach to one another when their separating distance equalled 0.0342 AU (3.2 million miles).

1606 – The Charter of the Virginia Company of London is established by royal charter by James I of England with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America.

1815 – The Mount Tambora volcano begins a three-month-long eruption, lasting until July 15. The eruption ultimately kills 71,000 people and affects Earth’s climate for the next two years.

1816 – The United States Government approves the creation of the Second Bank of the United States.

1865 – American Civil War: A day after his surrender to Union forces, Confederate General Robert E. Lee addresses his troops for the last time.

1874 – The first Arbor Day is celebrated in Nebraska.

1904 – British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the third and final chapter of The Book of The Law.

1912 – The Titanic leaves port in SouthamptonEngland for her first and only voyage.

1916 – The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is created in New York City.

1925 – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published in New York City, by Charles Scribner’s Sons.

1941 – World War II: The Axis Powers in Europe establish the Independent State of Croatia from occupied Yugoslavia with Ante Pavelić‘s Ustaše fascist insurgents in power.

1953 – Warner Brothers premieres the first 3-D film from a major American studio, entitled House of Wax.

1957 – The Suez Canal is reopened for all shipping after being closed for three months.

1963 – 129 people die when the submarine USS Thresher sinks at sea.

1970 – Paul McCartney announces that he leaves The Beatles for personal and professional reasons.

1971 – Ping Pong Diplomacy: In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People’s Republic of China hosts the U.S. table tennis team for a weeklong visit.

1972 – Vietnam War: For the first time since November 1967, American B-52 bombers reportedly begin bombing North Vietnam.

1972 – Seventy-four nations sign the Biological Weapons Convention, the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the production of biological weapons.

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Sam Kinison

1979 – Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.


1847 – Joseph Pulitzer, American journalist and publisher (d. 1911)

1915 – Harry Morgan, American actor (d. 2011)

1929 – Max von Sydow, Swedish actor

1932 – Omar Sharif, Egyptian actor

1936 – John Madden, American football coach and broadcaster

1938 – Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (d. 2010)

1950 – Ken Griffey, Sr., American baseball player

1952 – Steven Seagal, Americian actor and martial artist

1959 – Brian Setzer, American musician (Stray Cats)

1984 – Mandy Moore, American singer/actor


1992 – Sam Kinison, American comedian (b. 1953)




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