Today in History - October 10th

  • 1780 - On this day in history, the Great Hurricane of 1780 killed 20,000 to 30,000 in the Caribbean.
  • 1802 - The first settlement not of native-American origin happened in Oklahoma, today in history.
  • 1845 - On this day in history, The Naval School (now called US Naval Academy) opened at Annapolis.
  • 1857 - The American Chess Association formed in NYC, today in history.
  • 1889 - On this day in history, Barnard College was founded.
  • 1941 - Today in history, The Royal Air Force bombarded the Greek Port of Piraeus and prevented German heavy-armor advancement.
  • 1942 - On this day in history, 1,300 Austrian Jews were transported to camp Theresienstadt.
  • 1957 - President Eisenhower apologized to finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he was refused service in a Dover, DE, restaurant.
  • 1957 - Today in history, The Windscale fire in Cumbria, UK became the world's first major nuclear accident.
  • 1958 - US performed nuclear test at Nevada Test Site, on this day in history; USSR performed nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR.
  • 1959 - Pan Am began regular flights around World, on this day in history.
  • 1965 - Today in history, "Vinland Map" was introduced by Yale University as being the first known map of America, drawn about 1440 by Norse explorer Lief Eriksson.
  • 1973 - On this day in history, VP Spiro T. Agnew pleaded no contest to tax evasion and resigned.

SCIENCE, PATENTS, INVENTIONS - Today in History, October 10th

  • 1865 - Today in history, John Hyatts patented the billiard ball.
  • 1899 - On this day in history, IR Johnson patented the bicycle frame.
  • 1933 - Today in history, the first synthetic detergent, "Dreft" by Procter & Gamble, went on sale.
  • 2012 - Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work on G protein-coupled receptors.

CULTURE, LIFESTYLE - Today in History, October 10th

  • 1886 - On this day in history, the first dinner jacket (tuxedo) was worn to autumn ball at Tuxedo Park, NY.
  • 1935 - Today in history, "Porgy & Bess," by George Gershwin, premiered in NYC.
  • 1947 - On this day in history, Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "Allegro" premiered in NYC.

SPORTS - Today in History, October 10th

  • 1916 - Today in history, in Game 3, Charlie Ebbets became the first owner to raise the price of World Series grandstand seats to $5 (up from $3).
  • 1923 - On this day in history, The NY Giants & NY Yankees became the first teams to play each other for 3 consecutive World Series --also played for the first time at Yankee Stadium.


  • 1813 - Today in history, Giuseppe Verdi, was born in Busseto, First French Empire, to become a legendary Italian composer (La Donna è Mobile - Rigoletto), (d. 1901)
  • 1830 - On this day in history, Isabella II, Queen of Spain (1833-68) was born. She went on to endorse and patronize Christopher Columbus on his voyages to the New World.
  • 1973 - Today in history, Mario Lopez was born in San Diego California, to become teen actor (A C Slater-Saved by the Bell).