On This Day in History…. 10th April

10th of April may appear to be a day just like any other, but in fact it has marked some fairly momentous events, births and deaths over the years. Of which, we’ve noted a few below for posterity. If you think we’ve missed any out then let us know in the comments!

Events 

  • 428 – Nestorius became the Patriarch of Constantinople
  • 1741 – King Frederik of Prussia defeated the Austrian field army at the Battle of Mollwitz, during the War of the Austrian Succession.
  • 1912 – M.S. Titanic set sail from Southampton, embarking on her maiden and only voyage.
  • 1925 – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was first published in New York City by Charles Scribner’s Sons.
  • 1941 – In the midst of the Second World War, Europe’s Axis powers established the Independent State of Croatia from occupied Yugoslavia
  • 1970 – Paul McCartney announced his departure from The Beatles, stating personal and professional reasons.
  • 1972 – American B-52 bombers reportedly began bombing North Vietnam for the first time since November 1967.
  • 1973 – 104 people were killed when a British Vickers Vanguard turboprop aircraft crashed in a snowstorm in Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1988 – The Ojhri Camp disaster occurred, killing more than 1,300 people in Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
  • 1998 – The Northern Ireland peace deal was reached, known as the Good Friday Agreement.

Births

  • 1583 – Hugo Grotius: Dutch jurist and philosopher (d. 1645)
  • 1707 – Michael Corrette: French organist, composer and author (d.1795)
  • 1873 – Kyösti Kallio: Finnish politician and 4th President of Finland (d. 1940)
  • 1912 – Boris Kidrič: Austrian-Slovenian politician (d. 1953)
  • 1921 – Chuck Connors: American baseball player and actor (d. 1992)
  • 1946 – Adolf Winkelmann: German director, producer and screenwriter
  • 1954 – Paul Bearer: American wrestler and manager (d. 2013)
  • 1973 – Roberto Carlos: Brazilian footballer and manager
  • 1975 – Chris Carrabba: American singer-songwriter and guitarist (known for Dashboard Confessional and Further Seems Forever)
  • 1986 – Vincent Kompany: Belgian footballer

Deaths

  • 879 – Louis the Stammerer: French son of Ermentrude of Oléans (b. 846)
  • 1585 – Pope Gregory XIII (b. 1502)
  • 1786 – John Byron: English admiral (b. 1723)
  • 1821 – Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople (b. 1746)
  • 1919 – Emiliano Zapata: Mexican general (b. 1879)
  • 1962 – Stuart Sutcliffe: Scottish bass player (The Beatles) (b. 1940)
  • 1966 – Evelyn Waugh: English soldier, author and educator (b. 1903)
  • 1991 – Natalie Schafer: American actress (b. 1900)
  • 2000 – Peter Jones: English actor and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2013 – Angela Voigt: German long jumper (b. 1951)
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