2010 in History – What happened in year 2010

In history, year 2010 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 2010.

Know what happened in 2010:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
02 JuneA lone gunman went on a shooting spree in Cumbria, England,killing 12 and injuring 11 others before committing suicide.
04 January The Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the world's tallest structure, officially opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
04 OctoberThe dam holding a waste reservoir in western Hungary collapsed,freeing 1 million cubic metres (1,300,000 cu yd) of red mud, whichflooded nearby communities and killed at least nine people.
05 AprilAn explosion at a coal mine in West Virginia killed 29 miners in the United States' worst mining disaster in 40 years.
07 January Muslim gunmen opened fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians leaving church after celebrating a midnight Christmas Mass, killing eight of them as well as one Muslim bystander.
08 AugustA massive mudslide of 1.8 million cubic metres (2,400,000cu yd) of mud and rocks in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China,killed 1,471 people.
08 DecemberThe Japanese experimental spacecraft IKAROS (model pictured)passed by Venus at about 80,800 km distance, completing its plannedmission to demonstrate solar sail technology.
08 FebruaryA freak storm in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan triggered a series of at least 36 avalanches, that buried over two miles (3.2 km) of road, killed at least 172 people and trapped over 2,000 travellers.
08 January Gunmen from an offshoot of the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda attacked the bus carrying the Togo national football team on its way to the 2010 African Cup of Nations, killing three.
13 AugustCanadian authorities boarded the MV Sun Sea and placed the 492Sri Lankan Tamil refugees on board into detention, drawing criticismfrom international civil rights groups.
13 FebruaryA terrorist bombing at a bakery popular among foreigners in Pune, India, killed 17 people and injured 60 more.
13 JuneThe Japanese Hayabusa space mission became the first to returnsamples of an asteroid (25143 Itokawa) to Earth for analysis.
14 AugustThe inaugural Youth Olympic Games opened in Singapore forathletes between 14 and 18 years old.
15 DecemberA boat carrying around 90 asylum seekers, mostly from Iraq andIran, crashed into rocks and sank off the coast of Christmas Island,Australia, killing 48 people.
17 DecemberTunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire inprotest to police harassment, triggering the Tunisian Revolution.
17 January The first spate of violence between Muslims and Christians began in Jos, Nigeria, and would end in more than 200 deaths.
18 FebruaryRebels attacked the presidential palace in Niamey, Niger, and replaced President Mamadou Tandja with a ruling junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy.
19 November The first of four explosions took place at the Pike River Minein the West Coast Region of New Zealand in the nation's worst miningdisaster in nearly a century.
20 FebruarySevere flooding and mudslides on the island of Madeira, Portugal, killed 42 people.
23 November In response to artillery exercises held near the border betweenthe two nations, North Korea bombarded Yeonpyeong Island, killing fourSouth Korean soldiers and injuring 19 others.
25 OctoberMount Merapi in Central Java, Indonesia began an increasinglyviolent series of eruptions that lasted over a month.
28 MayA train derailment and collision in the Paschim Medinipurdistrict of West Bengal, India, caused the deaths of at least 141passengers.
29 July An overloaded passenger ferry capsized on the Kasai River inBandundu Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, resulting in atleast 80 deaths.
18 DecemberThe Tunisian Revolution began, and what was initially a seriesof protests with a set of demands evolved into nationwide demonstrationsthat eventually toppled the regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali afternearly 23 years of rule.
22 DecemberThe United States repealed its controversial 'Don't Ask, Don'tTell' policy on gays in the military.
14 NovemberRed Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel won the Drivers'Championship after winning the final race of the season to become theyoungest Formula One champion ever.
19 NovemberThe first of four explosions occurred at the Pike River Mine inthe West Coast Region of New Zealand in the nation's worst miningdisaster in nearly a century.
17 OctoberMary MacKillop was canonised to become the only Australian tobe recognised by the Roman Catholic Church as a saint.
04 SeptemberA 7.1 Mw earthquake struck South Island, New Zealand, causingup to NZ$3.5 billion in damages.
09 SeptemberA natural gas pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California, US,creating a 'wall of fire more than 1,000 feet (300 m) high'.

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