October 10th

2010
The Country of Netherlands Antilles is Dissolved. The Caribbean Dutch dependency, also sometimes known as the Dutch Antilles, was formed in 1954. The dissolution came after a series of referendums to become independent states within the Kingdom of the Netherlands were passed on the Islands of Curaçao, St Maarten, Bonaire, and Saba.
Dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles
2002
The US Congress gave President Bush authorization to use military force against Iraq.
Iraq Resolution
2001
California representative Nancy Pelosi became minority whip.
Nancy Pelosi
1985
Actor and director Orson Welles died in Hollywood at age 70.
Orson Welles
1973
Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned after being charged with tax evasion.
Spiro Agnew
1970
Fijian independence. The South Pacific Ocean island country had been ruled by the British since 1874. Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara became the first prime minister of independent Fiji.
Colony of Fiji
1967
Outer Space Treaty is Enforced. Also known as the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, it regulated the exploration and use of outer space and created the field of international space law. The treaty declared that outer space and all celestial bodies were the common heritage of mankind and could not be claimed by any one nation.
Outer Space Treaty
1964
The Tokyo Summer Olympics Begin. 93 countries participated in the first Olympics to be held in Asia. As a tribute to the horrors of the Second World War, Yoshinori Sakai, who was born in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the day an atomic bomb destroyed the city, was chosen as the torchbearer to light the Olympic flame during the opening. The Tokyo Olympics was also the first Olympic Games that used satellites - Syncom 3 in the United States and Relay 1 in Europe - to telecast the games. Some of the games were also broadcasted in color for the first time.
1964 Summer Olympics
1957
A fire at the Windscale nuclear plant in Cumbria, UK becomes the world's first major nuclear accident.
Windscale fire
1954
Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after withdrawal of French troops.
War in Vietnam (1954–59)
1943
Chiang Kai-shek took the oath of office as president of China.
List of Presidents of the Republic of China
1935
George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess debuted on Broadway.
Porgy and Bess
1933
United Airlines Boeing 247 explosion. In one of the oldest unsolved cases in aviation history, the airplane which was flying from Newark, New Jersey to Oakland California exploded mid-air and crashed near Chesterton, Indiana. All 7 passengers and crew members died in the incident. To this day, it is not known what and who caused the explosion.
1933 United Airlines Boeing 247 mid-air explosion
1911
Sun Yat-sen's revolutionaries overthrew the Manchu dynasty in China.
Xinhai Revolution
1899
African-American inventor Issac R. Johnson patents the bicycle frame.
List of African-American inventors and scientists
1886
The tuxedo dinner jacket made its debut at a ball in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.
Tuxedo
1845
The U.S. Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, Md.
United States Naval Academy
1780
Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean, hitting Barbados first. Atlantic's deadliest recorded hurricane.
Great Hurricane of 1780
680
Al-Hussein (Al-Ḥusayn ibn) and his followers killed at Karbala by army of Yazid, the Umayyad caliph, on the way to Kufa.
Battle of Karbala