October 10 in history

On October 10:

1813 – Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer, was born.

Giuseppe Verdi. Portrait by Giovanni Boldini, 1886
1830 Queen Isabella II of Spain was born.

1900 US actress Helen Hayes was born.

In the film What Every Woman Knows (1934)

1919 Richard Strauss‘ opera Die Frau ohne Schatten had its debut performance in Vienna.


1923 Nicholas Parsons, English actor, radio & TV presenter was born.

Parsons recording Just a Minute at the Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh.

1930 Harold Pinter, English playwright and Nobel laureate was born.

1950 Us author Nora Roberts was born.

1957 The Windscale fire in Cumbria took place, it was the world’s first major nuclear accident.

1970 Fiji  gained its independence.

1971 the London Bridge reopened in Lake Havasu City, Arizona


1975 The Treaty of Waitangi Act was passed.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

One Response to October 10 in history

  1. Rodney says:

    The most significant 10 October – or 10/10 as the Americans would say – was in Taiwan, 10/10/1949, when the KMT arrived from Mainland China and started a massacre of the elite in Taiwan. They say the river through Taipei ran red with blood. It is now the national day of Taiwan.

    I saw a bunch of students in Dunedin today with ROC (Taiwan) flags as their T-shirts. Asia is a key part of NZ’s future, and we need to acknowledge their days of joy, and of sorrow.

    Enjoy your blog.


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