What Happened On This Day – April 10
2010 The President of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, dies in a plane crash
Several high-ranking officials, senior members of the Polish clergy, as well as relatives of the Katyn massacre victims were killed. The accident was blamed on pilot error and bad weather.
2001 Mercy killings become legal in the Netherlands
In a controversial decision the Dutch senate approved a bill legalizing euthanasia for patients with unbearable, terminal illness.
1998 Negotiators in Northern Ireland reach an historic peace deal
The Good Friday Agreement ended 30 years of violent conflict about Northern Ireland's constitutional status (“The Troubles”).
1970 The Beatles break up as Paul McCartney leaves the band
In their ten years of existence, the British rock group became one of the most successful bands of all time, selling over a billion albums, according to EMI. McCartney's announcement came a week before the release of his debut solo album, the starting point of a successful solo career.
1815 Mount Tambora explodes in one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history
At least 71,000 people were killed by the eruption. The explosion was heard up to 2000 km (1200 mi) away.
Births On This Day,
1987 Hayley Westenra
New Zealand soprano
1951 David Helvarg
American journalist, activist
1932 Omar Sharif
1847 Joseph Pulitzer
Hungarian/American politician, journalist, publisher, founded Pulitzer, Inc.
1778 William Hazlitt
English critic, painter
Deaths On This Day,
1966 Evelyn Waugh
English author, journalist
1965 Linda Darnell
1955 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
French/American priest, palaeontologist, philosopher
1931 Kahlil Gibran
1919 Emiliano Zapata