April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). There are 265 days remaining.
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- 1741 - Prussia defeats Austria in the Battle of Mollwitz
- 1815 - Mount Tambora eruption covers several islands with ash in Indonesia.
- 1816 - The U.S. government approved the creation of a 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.
- 1906 - The Four Million , O. Henry's second short story collection, is published.
- 1912 - The RMS Titanic leaves port in Southampton, England.
- 1916 - The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is created in New York City by 82 charter members.
- 1919 - Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos.
- 1933 - New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps is created.
- 1938 - Édouard Daladier becomes Prime Minister of France
- 1939 - Dr. I.Q., the Mental Banker debuts.
- 1941 - World War II: The Axis Powers in Europe establish the Independent State of Croatia from occupied Yugoslavia with Ante Pavelić's Ustase fascist insurgents in power.
- 1944 - Henry Ford II is named executive vice president of Ford Motor Company.
- 1953 - The House of Wax opens at New York City's Paramount Theater (it was the first color feature in 3-D).
- 1957 - The Suez Canal is reopened for all shipping after being closed for three months.
- 1959 - Akihito, future Emperor of Japan, weds Michiko (née Michiko Shoda), a commoner.
- 1963 - The submarine USS Thresher is lost at sea, with all hands (129 officers, crewmen and civilian technicians)
- 1968 - Shipwreck of the Wahine outside Wellington harbour.
- 1970 - Paul McCartney announces that The Beatles have broken up.
- 1970 - Vietnam War: 48 percent of the Americans polled in a Gallup Poll approve of U.S. President Richard M. Nixon's Vietnam policy, while 41 percent disapprove.
- 1971 - Cold War: In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People's Republic of China host the U.S. table tennis team for a weeklong visit.
- 1972 - 20 days after he was kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is executed by communist guerrillas.
- 1972 - Vietnam War: For the first time since November 1967 American B-52 bombers reportedly begin bombing North Vietnam.
- 1973 - A British Vanguard turboprop crashes during a snowstorm at Basel, Switzerland killing 104.
- 1979 - On the day known to meteorologists as "terrible Tuesday", a tornado hits in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people. (see Wichita Falls, Texas Tornado).
- 1988 - The comic strip Fox Trot débuts.
- 1998 - The Belfast Agreement is signed.
- 1389 - Cosimo de' Medici, ruler of Florence (d. 1464)
- 1512 - James V of Scotland (exact date uncertain) (d. 1542)
- 1583 - Hugo Grotius, jurist (d. 1645)
- 1755 - Samuel Hahnemann, physician, originator of homeopathy (d. 1843)
- 1778 - William Hazlitt, English writer (d. 1830)
- 1783 - Hortense de Beauharnais, queen of Holland as wife of Louis Bonaparte (d. 1837)
- 1794 - Matthew Perry, American commodore (d. 1858)
- 1829 - William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army (d. 1912)
- 1847 - Joseph Pulitzer, American journalist and publisher (d. 1911)
- 1867 - George William Russell, Irish nationalist (d. 1935)
- 1868 - George Arliss, actor (d. 1946)
- 1870 (O.S.) - Vladimir Lenin, Premier of the Soviet Union (d. 1924)
- 1880 - Montague Summers, English writer (d. 1948)
- 1882 - Frances Perkins, American politician (d. 1965)
- 1894 - Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist, Gandhian, and educator (d. 1983)
- 1910 - Eddy Duchin, musician (d. 1951)
- 1913 - Stefan Heym, author (d. 2001)
- 1915 - Harry Morgan, American actor
- 1917 - Robert Burns Woodward chemist (d. 1979)
- 1918 - Jørn Utzon, Danish architect
- 1921 - Chuck Connors, American actor and baseball player (d. 1992)
- 1921 - Sheb Wooley, American actor and singer (d. 2003)
- 1926 - Junior Samples, American country musician (d. 1983)
- 1929 - Max von Sydow, Swedish actor
- 1930 - Claude Bolling, French jazz composer and pianist
- 1932 - Omar Sharif, Egyptian actor
- 1934 - David Halberstam, writer
- 1934 - Vladimir Posner, Soviet journalist
- 1936 - John Madden, American football coach and broadcaster
- 1938 - Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster
- 1941 - Paul Theroux, American author
- 1943 - Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete
- 1946 - David Angell, American television producer (d. 2001)
- 1947 - Bunny Wailer, Jamaican musician
- 1950 - Ken Griffey, Sr., Major League Baseball player
- 1950 - Eddie Hazel, guitarist (P-Funk and The Temptations)
- 1951 - Steven Seagal, actor
- 1954 - Peter MacNicol, actor
- 1955 - Lesley Garrett, British soprano
- 1958 - Yefim Bronfman, Russian pianist
- 1958 - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, music producer, musician, and film producer
- 1960 - Brian Setzer, musician
- 1960 - Katrina Leskanich, singer (Katrina and the Waves)
- 1960 - Afrika Bambaataa, American musician and activist
- 1962 - Steve Tasker, American football player
- 1965 - Tim Alexander, American musician
- 1968 - Orlando Jones, American actor, comedian
- 1970 - Kenny Lattimore, American singer
- 1979 - Rachel Corrie, American activist, member of the International Solidarity Movement (d. 2003)
- 1979 - Tsuyoshi Domoto, artist
- 1979 - Sophie Ellis-Bextor, singer
- 1979 - Shemekia Copeland , American singer
- 1980 - Charlie Hunnam, actor
- 1983 - Ryan Merriman, actor
- 1984 - Mandy Moore, pop singer
- 1987 - Hayley Westenra, singer
- 1988 - Haley Joel Osment, actor
- 879 - Louis the Stammerer, king of the West Franks (b. 846)
- 1533 - Frederick I of Denmark (b. 1471)
- 1585 - Pope Gregory XIII (b. 1502)
- 1599 - Gabrielle d'Estrée, mistress of King Henry IV of France (b. 1571)
- 1813 - Joseph-Louis Lagrange mathematician (b. 1736)
- 1882 - Dante Gabriel Rossetti, poet, painter (b. 1828)
- 1909 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, English poet (b. 1909)
- 1919 - Emiliano Zapata, revolutionary (b. 1879)
- 1931 - Khalil Gibran - Lebanese poet and painter (b. 1883)
- 1939 - Alfredo Panzini , writer
- 1945 - Charles Nordhoff, writer
- 1954 - Auguste Lumière, cinema pioneer (b. 1862)
- 1962 - Michael Curtiz, director (b. 1886)
- 1962 - Stuart Sutcliffe, original bass player for The Beatles (b. 1940)
- 1965 - Linda Darnell, actress (b. 1923)
- 1966 - Evelyn Waugh, writer (b. 1903)
- 1968 - Gustavs Celmins, politician (b. 1899)
- 1969 - Harley J. Earl, automobile designer, father of the Chevrolet Corvette
- 1975 - Josephine Baker, dancer (b. 1906)
- 1975 - Marjorie Main, actress (b. 1890)
- 1979 - Nino Rota, composer (b. 1911)
- 1980 - Kay Medford , American actress
- 1986 - Linda Creed, American songwriter
- 1991 - Kevin Peter Hal , American actor
- 1991 - Natalie Schafer, American actress
- 1992 - Sam Kinison, American comedian
- 1993 - Chris Hani, activist
- 1994 - Sam B. Hall, American politician (b. 1924)
- 1995 - Morarji Desai, Indian activist
- 1999 - Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat, biochemist (b. 1910)
- 2000 - Peter Jones, comedian and scriptwriter (b. 1920)
- 2000 - Larry Linville, actor
- 2001 - Willie Stargell, baseball player, member of the Baseball Hall of Fame (b. 1940)
- 2002 - Yuji Hyakutake, Japanese astronomer
- 2003 - Little Eva, singer (b. 1943)
Holidays and observances
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