879Apr 10Louis II, the Stutterer, King of France (877-79), died and Louis III was crowned King of France.
1739Apr 10Dick Turpin was executed in England for horse stealing.
1809Apr 10Austria declared war on France and her forces entered Bavaria.
1835Apr 10Charles Darwin returned to Santiago, Chile.
1845Apr 10Over 1,000 buildings were damaged by fire in Pittsburgh, Pa.
1849Apr 10Walter Hunt, a mechanic, patented the safety pin in NYC. He sold rights for $100. Hunt’s other inventions included a new stove, paper collar, ice-breaking boat, fountain pen and nail-making machine.
1863Apr 10Rebel Gen. Earl Van Dorn attacked at Franklin, Tenn.
1864Apr 10Archduke Maximilian of Austria was crowned Emperor of Mexico.
1868Apr 101st performance of Johannes Brahms’ “Ein Deutches Requiem.”
1882Apr 10Matson founded his shipping company with service between San Francisco and Hawaii.
1902Apr 10South African Boers accepted British terms of surrender.
1909Apr 10Algernon Charles Swinburne (b.1837), English poet, died.
1912Apr 10The first wireless transmission was received on an airplane.
1919Apr 10Emiliano Zapata (b.c1877), a leader of Mexico’s indigenous people during the Mexican Revolution, was assassinated by a government emissary who had come to his southern stronghold in the state of Morelos for peace negotiations. His native language was Nahuatl of the Aztecs.
1923Apr 10Hitler demanded “hatred and more hatred” in Berlin.
1930Apr 10The first synthetic rubber was produced.
1938Apr 10Germany annexed Austria.
1940Apr 10Vidkun Quisling formed a Norwegian pro-Nazi “national government.”
1941Apr 10Paul Theroux, author (The Great Railway Bazaar), was born.
1944Apr 10Soviet forces liberated Odessa from Nazis.
1945Apr 10US troops landed on Tsugen Shima, Okinawa.
1948Apr 10Jewish Hagana repelled an Arab attack on Mishmar HaEmek
1952Apr 10The MGM movie musical “Singin’ in the Rain,” starring Gene Kelly, was first released.
1956Apr 10In Alabama singer Nat Cole was attacked on stage at the Birmingham Municipal Auditorium by a small group of white supremacists. Six local men were arrested for the attack.
1960Apr 10The US Senate passed a landmark Civil Rights Bill.
1968Apr 10In the 40th Academy Awards “In the Heat of the Night” won as best film. Rod Steiger won as best actor for his role in the film. Katherine Hepburn won as best actress for her role in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”
1971Apr 10The American table tennis team arrived in China.
1974Apr 10Golda Meir announced her resignation as prime minister of Israel. Yitzhak Rabin replaced Golda Meir.
1978Apr 10Arkady Shevchenko, a high-ranking Soviet citizen employed by the United Nations, sought political asylum in the United States.
1986Apr 10Benazir Bhutto (33), daughter of former PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, returned to Pakistan.
1988Apr 10The hijackers of a Kuwait Airways jetliner vowed to carry out a “slow, quiet massacre” of their hostages, one day after one captive was killed aboard the plane parked in Larnaca, Cyprus.
1990Apr 10San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approved reducing the city’s curfew laws. Minors under 14 will be banned from public places between midnight and 5am. The old law included minors under 18 from 11pm to 6am.
1991Apr 10The US and Britain imposed a no-fly zone to protect 3 Kurdish provinces in northern Iraq.
1992Apr 10Comedian Sam Kinison (38) was killed in a car crash outside Needles, Calif.
1995Apr 10Sen. Bob Dole launched his third bid for the White House in Topeka, Kansas.
1996Apr 10President Clinton vetoed a bill that would have outlawed a technique used to end pregnancies in their late stages.
1997Apr 10A federal judge struck down as unconstitutional the Line-Item Veto Act, a law that lets the president strike specific items from bills passed by Congress. The president said he would appeal to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court later set aside the judge’s ruling. The Supreme Court ultimately struck down the veto as unconstitutional in 1998.
1999Apr 10The Miami Heat humiliated the Chicago Bulls, 82-49, holding the Bulls to the lowest point total since the introduction of the basketball shot clock.
2000Apr 10Actor Larry Linville, one of the stars of the situation comedy “M*A*S*H,” set during the Korean War, died in New York at age 60.
2001Apr 10Pres. Bush met with Jordan’s King Abdullah and both agreed that ending violence in the Middle East was the main goal for the region.
2002Apr 10Sec. of State Colin Powell stopped in Spain to gather EU support in the Middle East conflict. He again called for an immediate end to Israel’s military operations.
2003Apr 10The US House passed a bill creating a national Amber Alert system and strengthening child pornography laws.
2004Apr 10Pres. Bush signed into law a bill that let companies reduce the required contributions to their defined-benefit pension plans by more than $80 billion over the next 2 years.
2005Apr 10Tiger Woods won his fourth Masters with a spectacular finish of birdies and bogeys.
2006Apr 10Former Enron Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling began testifying in his fraud and conspiracy trial in Houston, declaring himself “absolutely innocent.”
2007Apr 10Diabetes scientists 15 Type 1 Brazilians did not need insulin shots after therapy with stem cells from their own blood. It was also reported that such stem cells helped repair heart damage due to Chagas disease, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, carried by kissing bugs (barbeiros).
2008Apr 10Most families in the April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech mass shootings agreed to an $11 million state settlement.
2009Apr 10A US immigration board rejected suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk’s appeal of an extradition order, paving the way for deportation to Germany to face charges he committed atrocities.
2010Apr 10Afghan officials said 2 Italian doctors are among nine people detained in an alleged plot to kill Helmand’s provincial governor. On April 18 Afghan authorities released three Italian medical workers who had been detained for a week, clearing them of allegations they were part of a Taliban plot to kill a provincial governor.
2012Apr 10Rick Santorum suspended his campaign during a press conference in Pennsylvania, his home state.
2013Apr 10President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.8 trillion spending blueprint that strives to achieve a “grand bargain” to tame runaway deficits, raising taxes on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs including Social Security and Medicare.
2014Apr 10Kathleen Sebelius (65), US Health and Human Services Secretary, resigned. The next day Pres. Obama nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Budget and Management, to succeed her.

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