October 10 is the 283rd day of the year and the 284th in leap years. There are 82 days left in the year.
Fridtjof, Frits, Frida.
The name day is taken from Fridtjof Nansen who was born on October 10, 1861.
732 - The Franks, led by Karl Martell, defeat the Muslims at the Battle of Poitiers.
1471 - Christian I of Denmark suffers defeat at the Battle of Brunkeberg.
1868 - Cuba declares independence from Spain.
1911 - The Republic of China declares independence.
1913 - Woodrow Wilson completes the Panama Canal.
1938 - Sudetenland is transferred to Germany.
1944 - 800 gypsy children are killed in Auschwitz.
1957 - US President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to Ghana's Treasury Secretary after he was denied service at a Delaware restaurant.
1957 - A fire at the Windscale nuclear power plant, Britain's first nuclear reactor, comes close to creating a nuclear disaster.
1964 - The Tokyo Summer Olympics open.
1970 - Fiji declares independence from Britain.
1980 - Two major earthquakes, measuring 7.3 and 6.3 on the Richter scale, hit northern parts of Algeria, particularly the city of El Asnam. At least 3,500 people die in the quakes.
1986 - An earthquake shakes El Salvador, killing at least 1,500 people.
1987 - Fiji becomes a republic.
2006 - Oganesson-294 is produced.
1814 - Abdicating King Christian Frederik leaves the country.
1877 - Gjæslingan lighthouse is lit for the first time.
1934 - Sognsvannsbanen opens.
2006 - During landing at Stord, an Atlantic Airways plane runs off the runway and catches fire. Four people die.
See more who were born on October 10 in Category: Births on October 10.
19 - Tiberius Gemellus, Roman imperial (d. 37 or 38)
1813 - Giuseppe Verdi, Italian opera composer (d. 1901)
1817 - C. H. D. Buys Ballot, Dutch chemist and meteorologist (d. 1890)
1825 - Paul Kruger, South African politician (d. 1904)
1830 - Queen Isabella II of Spain (d. 1904)
1861 - Fridtjof Nansen, polar explorer, discoverer, diplomat and scientist (d. 1930)
1896 - Lester Germer, American physicist (d. 1971)
1900 - Helen Hayes, American actress (d. 1993)
1900 - Wilhelm Rediess, German general (d. 1945)
1912 - John Austrheim, Norwegian Minister of State (d. 1995)
1913 - Claude Simon, French author and Nobel Prize winner in literature (d. 2005)
1916 - Kåre Holt, Norwegian author (d. 1997)
1917 - Thelonious Monk, American jazz musician (d. 1982)
1920 - Jacqueline Mazéas, French athlete (d. 2012)
1927 - Dana Elcar, American actress (d. 2005)
1930 - Harold Pinter, British author and Nobel laureate (literature) (d. 2008)
1933 - Ragnar Udjus, Norwegian politician
1935 - Albert Scanlon, English footballer (d. 2009)
1940 - Erland Anton Lie Løkken, Norwegian mayor
1950 - Charlie George, English footballer
1954 - David Lee Roth, American musician
1956 - Taurus Matan Ruak, East Timorese president
1958 - Tanya Tucker, American musician
1962 - Amadou Colley, Gambian economist
1963 - Vegard Ulvang, Norwegian cross-country skier
1965 - Chris Penn, American actor (d. 2006)
1966 - Tony Adams, English footballer
1967 - Gavin Newsom, American businessman and politician
1969 - Kåre Fostervold, Norwegian politician
1972 - Tomas Evjen, Norwegian film producer (d. 2012)
1973 - Karl Johan Rasmussen, Norwegian athlete
1975 - Johan Edfors, Swedish golfer
1978 - Kenneth Dokken, Norwegian football player
1979 - John Machethe Muiruri, Kenyan footballer
1983 - Nikos Spyropoulos, Greek footballer
1985 - Gilles Ondo, Gabonese footballer
1986 - Vadim Demidov, Norwegian football player
1986 - Ezequiel Garay, Argentine footballer
1987 - Bjarne Ingebretsen, Norwegian football player
See more who died on October 10 in Category: Deaths on October 10.
1903 - Jacob Thurmann Ihlen, Norwegian lawyer and politician (b. 1833)
1907 - Adolf Furtwängler, German archaeologist and art historian