On October 10:
1813 – Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer, was born.
1900 US actress Helen Hayes was born.
1923 Nicholas Parsons, English actor, radio & TV presenter 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.
1975 The Treaty of Waitangi Act was passed.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.