10 October

1780 : Hurricane in the West Indies


On October 10, 1780, when American Revolution was winding down, while the British and French were fighting for the control of the West Indies, a very powerful hurricane striked the region. Martinique and Barbados were the most affected. Many ships were destroyed and 20,000 people died in the storm.

1973 : Vice President Spiro Agnew resigns


On October 10, 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned. He was accused of corruption and tax evasion. He agreed to plead guilty to tax evasion and to resign in exchange for the dropping of the charge of corruption. Less than a year later, President Nixon also resigned, following the Watergate scandal.

2010 : Dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles


October 10, 2010, the Netherlands Antilles are dissolved in 3 constituent states of the Kingdom of the Netherlands : Curacao, Sint Maarten and Aruba. Small islands became special municipalities of the Netherlands.

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Double Ten Day in Taiwan
October 10 is National Day of the Republic of China. It commemorates the Wuchang uprising against the Qing Dynasty that ended with the establishment of the Republic of China on 1 January 1912. After the Chinese Civil War, in 1949, the Government of the Republic of China moved to Taiwan.
Fiji Day
October 10 is Fiji Day that commemorate the independence of the Fiji Islands gained against the United Kingdom on October 10, 1970.
Independance Day in Cuba
October 10 is Independence Day in Cuba which commemorates the Declaration of Independence of Cuba against Spain by the father of the nation, Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, on October 10th, 1868, which marks the beginning of the Ten Years' War of Independence.

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Nora Roberts
Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.

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Antoine Watteau, French painter (1684)
Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer (1813)
Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer, Nobel Peace Prize (1861)
Helen Hayes, American actress (1900)
Claude Simon, French writer, Nobel Prize in Literature (1913)
Dana Elcar, American actor (1927)
Harold Pinter, English playwright, Nobel Prize in Literature (1930)
Yves Chauvin, French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (1930)
Peter Coyote, American actor (1942)
Nora Roberts, American writer (1950)
Rekha, Indian actress (1954)
Ariane Ascaride, American actress (1954)
Hippolyte Girardot, American actor (1955)
Mark Gordon, American producer (1956)
Bradley Whitford, American actor (1959)
Kirsty MacColl, English singer (1959)
Sarah Lancashire, English actress (1964)
Jonathan Littell, French American writer (1967)
Dean Kiely, Irish footballer (1970)
Evgeny Kissin, Russian pianist (1971)
Mario Lopez, American actor (1973)
Gabriella Cilmi, Australian singer (1991)

Ils nous ont quitt un 10 October

Charles Fourier, French philosopher (1837)
A. K. Tolstoy, Russian poet (1875)
Orson Welles, American director, actor and screenwriter (1985)
Yul Brynner, American actor (1985)
Teresa Graves, American actress (2002)
Christopher Reeve, American actor (2004)
Milton Obote, Ugandan politician (2005)
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