2010

In 2010, the world was kind of advance technologically wise, and the internet was more accessible to more people. It is the year that the American Sweetheart Betty White became the oldest Saturday Night Live host at 88 years old.

2010

The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to Paul Harding for his debut novel, Tinker. YouTube celebrated its tenth anniversary, and Gregory Brother’s video of the Bed Intruder Song was the most watched video of 2010.

On 20 April, an explosion caused fire aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The fire on the rig, which is around 50 miles off the Louisiana Coast, killed 11 people, 17 injured and caused the biggest oil spill in American history. The rig was drilling an exploratory well for the British oil giant, BP. By the time of capping of the well on July 15 and 4.9 million barrels, which is 206 million gallons of oil, had spilled into the ocean. BP pleaded guilty to 14 counts of criminal charges in the USA and set up $20 billion to compensate the victims of the disaster.

December 16 saw Larry King the veteran talk show host put a plug on his show Larry King Live CNN. The hour-long show featured interviews with world leaders, movie stars, politicians, musicians and people who made the news since June 1985. The last show included appearances from Donald Trump, Ryan Seacrest, Katie Couric, former President Bill Clinton via satellite, Regis Philbin and a pre-recorded video of President Barack Obama.

The first celebration of Earth Day was in 1970 with 20 million attendees to the event. Fast forward 40 years later, over a billion people in 2010 marked the day. Earth Day is the brainchild of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. He envisioned a new way to educate people about protecting the Earth.

A decade into the new millennium, 2010 was the international year of biodiversity and youth. It was also the European year for combating poverty and social exclusion. Beyond 2010, technology has been advancing at a fast rate, and one can just imagine what is in store for 2020.

Discover how the world looked like in 2010

Oscar

Oscar Winners

All Academy Awards Prize winners of the 83rd edition of the Oscar ceremony


Best picture

The King's Speech

The King's Speech

The King's Speech

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Country: United States of America

Best director

Tom Hooper

The King's Speech

The King's Speech

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Country: United States of America

Best actor

Colin Firth

The King's Speech

The King's Speech

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Country: United States of America

Best actress

Natalie Portman

Black Swan

Black Swan

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actor

Christian Bale

The Fighter

The Fighter

Directed by: David O. Russell

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

Country: United States of America

Best supporting actress

Melissa Leo

The Fighter

The Fighter

Directed by: David O. Russell

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 2010 ?
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The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

By:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERHer name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the

Sh*T My Dad Says by Justin Halpern

Sh*T My Dad Says

By:

After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is "like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,"

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers

By:

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful.

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played With Fire

By:

Part blistering espionage thriller, part riveting police procedural, and part piercing exposé on social injustice, this second book in the Millennium series is a masterful, endlessly satisfying novel.

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

By:

WHAT . . . A RIOT! Life doesn't get more hilarious than when Chelsea Handler takes aim with her irreverent wit. Who else would send all-staff emails to smoke out the dumbest people on her show? Now, in this new …

Nobel Prize

Nobel Prizes

All Nobel Prize winners of 2010


Peace Prize

  • Liu Xiaobo

Literature

  • Mario Vargas Llosa

Physics

  • Andre Geim
  • Konstantin Novoselov

Economic Sciences

  • Peter A. Diamond
  • Dale T. Mortensen
  • Christopher A. Pissarides

Chemistry

  • Richard F. Heck
  • Ei-ichi Negishi
  • Akira Suzuki

Physiology or Medicine

  • Robert G. Edwards

Movies

Which were the most popular Movies released in those months?
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Inception

Inception

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

Country: United States of America

Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty

Country: United States of America

Shutter Island

Shutter Island

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Country: United States of America

How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson

Country: United States of America

Black Swan

Black Swan

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Country: United States of America

Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 2010 in the USA ?

world population

World Population

Demographic statistics of the year 2010


Population statistics

  • Total population: 7.0 billion (6,956,823,603 to be precise!)
  • Urban population: 3.6 billion, that is 52.0% of the total population of 2010 lives in cities
  • Yearly change: +83.8 million, corresponding to a percentage increase of +1.22%
  • Average density: 47.0 persons per km2
history

Historical Events

Which were the important events of 2010?


Events

  • 01 Jan A suicide car bomber detonates at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, killing 105 and injuring 100 more.
  • 02 Jan A quarter of voters in Iceland sign a petition asking President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson to veto a bill on repaying US$5 billion to foreign savers who lost their money when Icelandic banks collapsed. (ABC News) (Iceland Review)
  • 03 Jan The United States and the United Kingdom close their embassies in Yemen due to the ongoing security threat by Al Qaeda.
  • 04 Jan The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building is officially opened.
  • 05 Jan As many as 1,000 people in the Solomon Islands are reportedly homeless following the two major earthquakes and tsunami which struck the country earlier this week. (Time Magazine)
  • 06 Jan Heritage Numismatic Auctions sells at public auction a US 1874 Bickford gold $10 pattern for US$1,265,000. The Reed Hawn US 1913 Liberty Head 5-cent coin sells for $3,737,500.
  • 07 Jan The Xinhua news agency responds to claims by The Guardian newspaper that China had tried “hijack” the Copenhagen summit's Accord by claiming that the Chinese premier Wen Jiabao was not invited to secret US-initiated talks on December 17. (China Dialogue)
  • 08 Jan Gunmen from an offshoot 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.
  • 09 Jan A magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes offshore near Eureka, California, with reports of damage and local power outages. (CNN)
  • 10 Jan Three Palestinian Islamic Jihad operatives are killed while firing mortars into Israel from Gaza. (''The Jerusalem Post'')
  • 11 Jan United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlines seven priorities for 2010 and urges a renewed focus on sustainable development, ending poverty, disease and hunger. (UN News Centre) (Sudan Tribune)
  • 12 Jan The 2010 Haiti earthquake occurs killing an estimated 316,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince.
  • 13 Jan Computer modelling shows that the Pine Island Glacier and Thwaites Glacier, once described as a major ampquottipping pointampquot for the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the embayment of the Amundsen Sea, has reached their own tipping points for eventual collapse, likely to lead to a sea level rise of up to 52 cm. (New Scientist)
  • 14 Jan India celebrates the Thai Pongal, Makar Sankranti and Magh Bihu harvest festivals in places around the country (Palayamkottai, Haridwar). (The Hindu)
  • 15 Jan The longest annular solar eclipse of the 3rd millennium occurs.
  • 16 Jan Previously unknown Florence Green, at 108, is believed to be Britain's oldest surviving UK-resident First World War veteran, and the last known female First World War veteran, having served with the Women's RAF (WRAF) in 1918 (''The Daily Telegraph'')
  • 17 Jan Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, resulting in at least 200 deaths.
  • 18 Jan The 2010 Islamic Solidarity Games, scheduled to take place this April in Tehran, are canceled due to a dispute regarding the name of the Persian Gulf. (BBC)
  • 19 Jan 2010 Haiti earthquake:
  • 20 Jan Republican Scott Brown wins the vacated Senate seat in Massachusetts, reducing the Democrats' majority to 59 seats to the Republicans' 41.
  • 21 Jan Operation Aurora:
  • 22 Jan Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama says he will resign if proven guilty of receiving illegal political fund donations. (Mainichi Shimbun) (UPI)
  • 23 Jan Aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake:
  • 24 Jan Aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake:
  • 25 Jan Live Nation and Ticketmaster complete their merger, following an agreement with the United States Department of Justice to divest some interests. (Reuters)
  • 26 Jan Dutch auto group Spyker signs a deal to buy Sweden's Saab from General Motors for US$74 million in cash and $326 million in deferred shares.
  • 27 Jan The 2009 Honduran constitutional crisis ends when Porfirio Lobo Sosa becomes the new President of Honduras.
  • 28 Jan Five murderers of President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh: Lieutenant Colonel Syed Faruq Rahman, Lieutenant Colonel Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Major AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, Major Bazlul Huda and Lieutenant Colonel Mohiuddin Ahmed are hanged.
  • 29 Jan The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond goes on public display in Washington, D.C., United States. (The Irish Times) (BBC) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 30 Jan Extreme weather, including snow and wind, leads to "chaos" and as many as three deaths in Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia. (Deutsche Welle) (BBC) (The Hindu) (Press TV)
  • 31 Jan Gunmen open fire on a student party in Ciudad Juárez, killing at least 13. (BBC) (Times of India)
  • 01 Feb US President Barack Obama announces a US$3.8 trillion budget plan for 2011, forecasting the US deficit would rise to a record US$1.56 trillion this year.
  • 02 Feb Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of espionage, while the latter detains one Russian and expels four others. (BBC) (RIA Novosti) (Kyiv Post)
  • 03 Feb The sculpture ''L'Homme qui marche I'' by Alberto Giacometti sells in London for £65 million (US$103.7 million), setting a new world record for a work of art sold at auction.
  • 04 Feb The Federal Court of Australia's ruling in Roadshow Films v iiNet sets a precedent that Internet service providers (ISPs) are not responsible for what their users do with the services the ISPs provide them.
  • 05 Feb At least 22 people are killed and more than 50 are injured in two separate bombings in Karachi. (The Hindu) (BBC) (euronews) (The Guardian)
  • 06 Feb Jordan Queen's educational reform program lauded in Jordan. Rania Al Abdullah and Princess Hessa bint Salman were briefed on the Jordan River Foundation (JRF) by the organization's Director General Valentina Qussisiya. (zawya)
  • 07 Feb The NFL Super Bowl is watched by more than 106 million people in the U.S., surpassing the 1983 finale of M*A*S*H to become the most-watched program in U.S. television history, according to the Neilsen Company.
  • 08 Feb US Democratic Representative John Murtha, chairman of the House of Representatives defense appropriations subcommittee, dies at age 77, from complications related to gallbladder surgery.
  • 09 Feb Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor pleads not guilty in death of the star. (WSJ) (Washingtonpost) (FOX)
  • 10 Feb Charles Nesbitt Wilson, US Democratic congressman for Texas (1973-96), dies at age 76 of cardiopulmonary arrest in Texas; for 24 years Wilson supported sending weapons and money to Afghanistan in the 1980s versus the Soviet Union.
  • 11 Feb A European Union summit takes place to discuss a possible bailout for Greece's economy. (Reuters) (The Guardian)
  • 12 Feb Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly called on the DPRK to re-engage in the Six-Party Talks that also involve the Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Russia and the United States. (UN)
  • 13 Feb Over 15,000 American, British and Afghan troops launch the biggest offensive in Afghanistan since the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001.
  • 14 Feb NATO admits it killed 12 civilians when two misfired rockets hit a house in Marjah, Helmand. President Hamid Karzai calls for an explanation. (BBC) (news.com.au) (Reuters)
  • 15 Feb Norwegian fertilizer-maker Yara agrees to buy American firm Terra for US$4.1 billion, extending Yara's lead as world's biggest maker of nitrogen-based fertilizer.
  • 16 Feb Assassination of a senior Hamas military commander in Dubai:
  • 17 Feb 500,000 residents of Mexico City have been vaccinated against the A/H1N1 flu. (Xinhuanet)
  • 18 Feb A single-engine Piper Cherokee plane crashes into a seven-storey office building in Austin, Texas, killing pilot Joseph Andrew Stack and one person in the building. The pilot left a long suicide note expressing his anger at federal tax authorities.
  • 19 Feb Bill McKibben and 350.org reacted to President Barack Obama and Copenhagen Accord. (Huffington Post)
  • 20 Feb Former U.S. secretary of state Alexander Haig dies at age 85 in Baltimore of complications from an infection.
  • 21 Feb Six Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants, including "most wanted" leader Albader Parad, die after coming into contact with troops at the foot of Mount Tucay in Maimbung, Sulu on Jolo in the Philippines. (Al Jazeera) (Reuters) (BBC)
  • 22 Feb Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez almost come to blows at the Rio Group summit in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, with Uribe taunting Chávez ampquotBe a man! … you're a coward face-to-face! Stay and argue face-to-face!ampquot and Chávez responding with a simple ampquotGo to Hell!ampquot BBC)
  • 23 Feb Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million liters of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster.
  • 24 Feb The discovery of the sauropod genus Abydosaurus is announced. (ScienceDaily) (Irish Times)
  • 25 Feb President Hugo Chávez vows to withdraw Venezuela from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights following its publication of a highly critical report on human rights in the country. (''Guardian'')
  • 26 Feb Kim Yu-Na , Korean figure skater,won the gold medal with new world record in both short programme and free skate with the total of 228.56 , which is another world record in the total score , becoming the first South Korean skater to medal in any discipline of figure skating at the Olympic Games. Kim's gold medal was South Korea's first medal at the Winter Olympics. (BBC)
  • 27 Feb An earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale strikes central parts of Chile leaving over 500 victims, and thousands injured.
  • 28 Feb 2010 Winter Olympics:
  • 01 Mar Sony blames recent malfunctions of older PS3 ampquotfatampquot models on an internal clock glitch. (BBC)
  • 02 Mar Assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh:
  • 03 Mar Gay people may now receive communion across the diocese of 's-Hertogenbosch after nationwide protests following an incident last Sunday. (Radio Netherlands Worldwide)
  • 04 Mar Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he does not mind the nomination of the former Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei in the next presidential election as long as it is under the framework of existing constitution. (Gulf NEWS)
  • 05 Mar Baidu shares have risen 34% since rival Google said on Jan 12 it may shut down its business in China. Baidu has risen 34 percent and Google has lost 8.5 percent. (China Daily)
  • 06 Mar Micheál Martin briefs his fellow EU Foreign Ministers on his visit to Gaza at a meeting in Córdoba, Spain. (RTÉ)
  • 07 Mar In Los Angeles, California, the 82nd Academy Awards are presented. Best Picture: The Hurt Locker
  • 08 Mar The stolen body of Tassos Papadopoulos, fifth President of Cyprus, is discovered in a cemetery near the capital.
  • 09 Mar The first same-sex marriages in Washington, D.C., take place.
  • 10 Mar Interreligious riots in Jos, Nigeria:
  • 11 Mar The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rules against a challenge (filed in 2007) to the motto "In God We Trust" appearing on US coins.
  • 12 Mar The 2010 Indian Premier League starts under ampquotheavy securityampquot in DY Patil Stadium Navi Mumbai. (''The Guardian'')
  • 13 Mar The shortest living person, He Pingping, dies in Rome due to unknown complications at the age of 21. (BBC)
  • 14 Mar A massive power outage occurs in parts of Chile, including Santiago, with ONEMI working to restore service. (The Sydney Morning Herald) (Santiago Times)
  • 15 Mar Israeli–Palestinian conflict:
  • 16 Mar The Kasubi Tombs, Uganda's only cultural World Heritage Site, are destroyed by fire. Allvoices.com
  • 17 Mar Protests in Thailand by the National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship continue, with supporters throwing their own blood outside the house of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. (Thai News Agency) (Al Jazeera)
  • 18 Mar Dennis Klerks 18 years Kerkrade
  • 19 Mar Former Iranian Vice-President Hossein Marashi is jailed after being accused of spreading propaganda. (BBC) (TIME) (FOX News) (MSNBC)
  • 20 Mar A series of severe sandstorms hit north China, affecting the regions of Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia and the provinces of Shanxi, Shaanxi and Hebei. (China Daily)
  • 21 Mar French President Sarkozy's UMP party is heavily defeated in regional elections. (BBC)
  • 22 Mar A Pakistani Christian dies after being burned alive for refusing a conversion to Islam. (Asia News)
  • 23 Mar U.S. President Barack Obama signs a landmark US$938 billion health-care reform bill in a White House ceremony. Opposition Republicans vowed to repeak the legislation, and 13 states have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the constitutionality of the legislation. The law is said to make coverage possible for more than 30 million uninsured Americans and end discrimination by insurance companies against people with existing medical conditions.
  • 24 Mar Hollywood actor Robert Culp (Kelly Robinson - I Spy, Bill Maxwell - The Greatest American Hero, Everybody Loves Raymond) dies at age 79.
  • 25 Mar A car bomb killed at least 6 people and wounded more than 40 others in a Colombia's Buenaventura city notorious for cocaine trafficking. (Pravda.ru)
  • 26 Mar US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agree to a new nuclear arms reduction treaty. The treaty limits both sides to 1,550 warheads, a cut of 25 percent for the Americans and 30 percent for the Russians. Once the treaty is ratified, each side would have seven years to carry out the reductions.
  • 27 Mar Earth Hour
  • 28 Mar The BBC reports it has found evidence of a massacre which occurred in Democratic Republic of Congo last December in which at least 321 people, including children, were killed. Human Rights Watch calls it ampquotone of the worst massacres carried out by the LRAampquot. (BBC)
  • 29 Mar 15 people, including 2 journalists, are arrested by Israel during a police attack on a protest near Bethlehem. (''The Muslim News'')
  • 30 Mar Colombian soldier Pablo Emilio Moncayo is released after 12 years in FARC captivity. (BBC)
  • 31 Mar Algerian authorities arrest an Israeli spy found with a false Spanish passport under the 35-year-old pseudonym Alberto Vagilo. This was initially reported by some sources as the abduction of a Spanish citizen by an al-Qaeda-linked group. (Press TV)
  • 01 Apr The Indian government initiates The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act to provide free and compulsory education to all children aged between 6 and 14 years, making education a fundamental right for millions of children. (The Hindu) (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (The Times) (Press TV)
  • 02 Apr United States Department of Labor announces second solid growth in jobs since the recession. (Los Angeles Times) (Business Week)
  • 03 Apr Eugène Terre'Blanche, founder of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, is killed in his hometown of Ventersdorp. (BBC) (RTÉ)
  • 04 Apr 114 miners trapped in a flooded mine for more than a week in Shanxi, China, are rescued. (AP) (Xinhua)
  • 05 Apr An explosion in the Upper Big Branch Mine-South coal mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA kills 29 workers.
  • 06 Apr Maoist rebels kill 76 CRPF officers in Dantewada district, India.
  • 07 Apr Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev flees Bishkek amid fierce rioting, sparking a sociopolitical crisis. Former foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva is placed at the head of an interim government as the opposition seizes control.
  • 08 Apr US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sign a landmark nuclear arms treaty in the Czech capital, Prague. The treaty commits the countries to each reduce the number of deployed strategic warheads to 1,550, 30 percent lower than the previous ceiling.
  • 09 Apr Rescue efforts continue in Brazil in an attempt to locate around 200 people believed to have been buried in their homes by a large landslide in Morro do Bumba near Rio de Janeiro city in the state of Rio de Janeiro. (BBC)
  • 10 Apr Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing all 96 people on board including President Lech Kaczynski.
  • 11 Apr Aftermath of 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash:
  • 12 Apr Sudan's landmark elections are extended by two days after delays delivering ballot papers. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • 13 Apr A 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurs in Qinghai, China, killing at least 2,000 and injuring more than 10,000.
  • 14 Apr Nearly 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China.
  • 15 Apr At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US President Barack Obama announces details of his new policy for the US space agency NASA. New spacecraft with new rocket booster systems are to be built so that by 2025 manned missions can extend beyond the Moon, and to Mars and back by the mid-2030s. New funding would amount to US$6 billion over the next five years.
  • 16 Apr The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges Goldman Sachs Group with fraud over its marketing of a subprime mortgage product. Goldman Sachs shares drop 12.8 percent, closing down $23.57 at $160.70 on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • 17 Apr The ampquotNuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for No Oneampquot disarmament conference opens in response to President of the United States Barack Obama's conference in Washington, D.C. (ABC News)
  • 18 Apr The Dow Live Earth Run for Water started on April 18th. The host cities are: Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Chicago, Hong Kong, Jimbaran, London, Los Angeles, Manchester, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, New York, Lisboa, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Singapore City, Stockholm, Toronto and Washington, D.C.. (The Independent) (Live Earth)
  • 19 Apr The US Mint releases the first coin in the new 26-coin America the Beautiful quarter dollar coin program to circulation. The 2010-dated coin honors Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas.
  • 20 Apr The Deepwater Horizon oil well explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that would last five months.
  • 21 Apr 52 civilians are killed and 55 others are wounded in renewed tribal clashes in Sudan's South Darfur state. (Kazinform) (China Dialy) (China.org)
  • 22 Apr The Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the Louisiana coast sinks into the Gulf of Mexico two days after an explosion tore through it.
  • 23 Apr The X-37B unmanned military prototype spaceplane is launched atop an Atlas V rocket into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 9m long reusable spaceplane is about one-quarter the size of the space shuttle.
  • 24 Apr The U.S. Coast Guard discovers that an estimated 1000 barrels per day of oil is leaking from the damaged well underneath the rig that exploded off Louisiana's shore on April 20.
  • 25 Apr The International Court of Arbitration in The Hague orders the British government to pay £400 million to Iran for an arms deal cancelled following the Iranian Revolution. (Ha'aretz) (Press TV) (ABC News)
  • 26 Apr Belgium's King Albert accepts the resignation of Prime Minister Yves Leterme, ending his government's term and leading to early elections in June 2010. (BBC)
  • 27 Apr Standard amp Poor's downgrades Greece's sovereign credit rating to junk four days after the activation of a €45-billion EU–IMF bailout, triggering the decline of stock markets worldwide and of the euro's value,ref name=quotBBCquot and furthering a European sovereign debt crisis.
  • 28 Apr Niger faces total crop failure worse than that of 2005, according to United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes. (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 29 Apr Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico
  • 30 Apr Hailed as the largest World's Fair in history, Expo 2010 opens in Shanghai, China.
  • 01 May Part of New York City's Times Square is evacuated and sealed off as a car bomb is discovered and deactivated before it could be detonated. (ABC News) (BBC) (Philippine Daily Inquirer) (Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 02 May The eurozone and the International Monetary Fund agree to a €110 billion bailout package for Greece. The package involves sharp Greek austerity measures.
  • 03 May Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving terrorist involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, is found guilty of murder, conspiracy, and waging war against India. (AP) (NDTV)
  • 04 May 13 inches of rain falls on Nashville, Tennessee, over two days, close to doubling the previous rainfall record. A levee protecting the southern park of the city is breached, causing parts of Nashville to be evacuated. 17 deaths are killed in Tennessee, mostly from drowning in flash floods.
  • 05 May Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek debt crisis.
  • 06 May The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffers its biggest ever intraday point drop: 998.5 points. During the market's fall some shares briefly fell to nearly zero. By the end of the trading day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 347.80 points, or 3.20 percent, to 10,520.32. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index fell 3.24 percent, to 1,128.15. The Nasdaq Composite Index lost 3.44 percent, to 2,319.64.
  • 07 May Scientists conducting the Neanderthal genome project announce that they have sequenced enough of the Neanderthal genome to suggest that Neanderthals and humans may have interbred.ref name=quotPinkowskiquot
  • 08 May 2010 Philippine general election
  • 09 May BP's containment chamber fails, prolonging the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. (Reuters)
  • 10 May Iraqi insurgents kill 102 and injure over 200 people, mostly Iraqi civilians, in a series of suicide bombings from Mosul to Basra in Iraq, the highest number in one day this year, and jeopardizing a planned US withdrawal. (''The Times'')
  • 11 May The son of Corazon Aquino, Benigno Aquino III, appears set to win the presidency in the Philippine elections, which have been marred by deadly violence and malfunctioning voting machines. (Chicago Tribune) (USA Today)
  • 12 May An Afriqiyah Airways Flight crashes and kills everyone but one person on board.
  • 13 May 2010 Thai political protests:
  • 14 May Rare Coin Wholesalers of California sells a USA 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar coin graded SP-66 PCGS to Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation of California for US$7.85 million. The price is a new world record for a single US coin.
  • 15 May Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo.
  • 16 May 20 people were killed and more than 60 others were wounded in shelling in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. (CNN)
  • 17 May The design for the New Bus for London is revealed. (BBC)
  • 18 May A new study has found that the gap in wealth between white and black Americans increased by more than four times between 1984 and 2007. (BBC)
  • 19 May The Royal Thai Armed Forces concludes its crackdown on protests by forcing the surrender of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders.
  • 20 May Floods in Poland kill 5. The downpours also cause flooding in areas of Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. (cntv)
  • 21 May The death toll from Friday's suicide minibus bomb attack in Diyala province, Iraq rose to 35 killed and 69 wounded. (Xinhua)
  • 22 May Air India Express Flight 812 overshoots the runway at Mangalore International Airport in India, killing 158 and leaving 8 survivors.
  • 23 May At least 19 passengers were killed and more than 70 were injured, when a landslide in rain-drenched Yujiang, East China's Jiangxi Province. (Global Times)
  • 24 May Trinidad and Tobago holds a general election, resulting in the victory of the United National Congress, and Kamla Persad-Bissessar becoming its first female Prime Minister. (CaribbeanWorldNews), (Xinhua)
  • 25 May Curfew imposed in central Nepal after clash. Central Nepal district Dolakha’s government issued curfew order on Sunday following clashes between the police and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)-aligned Young Communist League (YCL) activists. (alice.boseviews)
  • 26 May NASA's Atlantis space shuttle lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after completing its 32nd and likely final mission, delivering a Russian module and spare equipment to the International Space Station.
  • 27 May The death toll in the recent violence in Jamaica jumps to 73, and 44 in west Kingston alone. (Al Jazeera) (Montreal Gazette)
  • 28 May Contributions from Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland allow the World Bank to cancel $36 million in Haiti's remaining debt following January's devastating earthquake. (Al Jazeera) (The New York Times) (Reuters) (CNN)
  • 29 May BP's effort fails to plug the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which is the worst in U.S. history, and is fouling marshland and beaches, as estimates of how much oil is leaking grow more dire. (''USA Today'')
  • 30 May Flight recorders from Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771, which crashed in Libya on 12 May killing 103 people, suggest there was no technical failure. (BBC) (IOL) (Reuters)
  • 31 May In the international waters, Shayetet 13 soldiers attacked with firearms to flotilla that wanted to break the blockade on Gaza Strip. During the armed aggression on the MV Mavi Marmara ship, a violent attack had started. 9 activists killed by soldiers on board, and lots of activist injured.
  • 01 Jun The US Mint releases the 2010 Yellowstone National Park quarter dollar coin to circulation.
  • 02 Jun The crew of the Libyan M/V Rim takes back the ship from Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Another ship, the Panamanian M/V QSM Dubai, is captured. (BBC) (Daily Nation) (CNN)
  • 03 Jun The US Mint officially launches the 2010 Yellowstone National Park quarter dollar, at Yellowstone Park.
  • 04 Jun California firm SpaceX launches the Falcon 9 rocket on its maiden test flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket successfully achieves Earth orbit.
  • 05 Jun A cap is placed on the leaking pipe of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, allowing the spill to slow but not stop. (New York Times)
  • 06 Jun 41 people have been killed in fighting over the past three days in Sudan's western region of Darfur according to a Sudan tribal leader. (AFP)
  • 07 Jun The Israeli Navy kills four Palestinians wearing diving gear; Israel says they were carrying weapons and planning an attack, off the coast of Gaza. (Ynetnews) (Haaretz) (BBC) (RTÉ) (Aljazeera)
  • 08 Jun At least 11 people die and injuries are caused in various fatal incidents across Iraq, including several civilians, a Sunni Imam and a Christian. (BBC)
  • 09 Jun Ethnic riots in Kyrgyzstan between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks results in the deaths of hundreds.
  • 10 Jun War in Afghanistan:
  • 11 Jun RPET5's 20th Birthday!
  • 12 Jun The death toll from the Arkansas floods reaches 18. (AP via Google News)
  • 13 Jun Egyptian security forces beat protesters at a demonstration against human rights abuses in Egypt and an incident of police brutality that resulted in the death of a young man a week ago. (AP) (Los Angeles Times)
  • 14 Jun The Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership is awarded to no one for a second consecutive year. (Aljazeera)
  • 15 Jun Human rights in Iran:
  • 16 Jun The Jamaican Government orders civilians to keep off the streets for two days in several slums in Kingston because authorities are still hunting for Christopher Coke, alleged by the United States to be a drug lord. (AP)
  • 17 Jun The United States issues a travel warning for Toronto due to an upcoming G20 summit. (The Star)
  • 18 Jun Convicted murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner (age 49) is executed by firing squad in Draper (Salt Lake City), Utah, USA. Gardner spent 25 years in prison on death row for the murder of a lawyer during an attempt to escape a court hearing. This is the first execution by firing squad in the USA in 14 years.
  • 19 Jun Burmese Democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi turns 65, as international and domestic pressure for her release from house arrest intensify. Guards surrounding her home allow her to receive a birthday cake and a bouquet of flowers from political supporters. (Yahoo! News)
  • 20 Jun Manute Bol, 7-foot 7-inch (2.3m) NBA basketball legend (Washington Bullets) from southern Sudan, dies at age 47 of kidney problems in Virginia, USA.
  • 21 Jun Mara gang members in El Salvador attack a bus on the outskirts of San Salvador, shooting at it before dousing it with gasoline and lighting it on fire, killing 14 and injuring 16. Gang members open fire on another bus shortly afterward, killing another 2 people. (Yahoo! News) (Aljazeera)
  • 22 Jun At least 60 people are killed and hundreds disappear after a derailed train plunges into a ravine in the Republic of the Congo. The accident happened after the train left the coastal town of Pointe-Noire on the Chemin de Fer Congo Ocean (CFCO) line to the capital Brazzaville. (TVNZ) (DNA) (Dawn) (Sky News)
  • 23 Jun US General Stanley McChrystal is forced to resign as US commander of forces in Afghanistan, replaced by General David Petraeus.
  • 24 Jun John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history.
  • 25 Jun At least 24 people are killed and 50 people injured after an overcrowded bus crashes into a truck in the Patna district of Bihar state in India. (AFP via ''Sydney Morning Herald'')
  • 26 Jun Gunmen raided a jewelry shop Saturday morning in western Iraq, killing four people before fleeing with a large amount of gold in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad. (Arab News)
  • 27 Jun The first President of an independent Lithuania, Algirdas Brazauskas, dies in Vilnius. (Tehran Times)
  • 28 Jun U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, longest serving member ever of the Congress (Democrat, Representative for West Virginia 1952-58, Senator for West Virginia 1958-2010), dies at age 92 in Washington, D.C.
  • 29 Jun The S&P 500 stock market index drops to its lowest level in eight months, 1050.47. The Dow Jones industrial average loses 268.22 points, or 2.65 percent, to 9,870.30. The Nasdaq Composite Index drops 85.47 points, or 3.85 percent, to 2,135.18.
  • 30 Jun United States
  • 01 Jul Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  • 02 Jul The South Kivu tank truck explosion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo kills at least 230 people.
  • 03 Jul More than 230 people are killed and 200 injured after a fuel tanker overturns and explodes in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Al Jazeera) (BBC) (Xinhua)
  • 04 Jul Australia celebrates indigenous culture with NAIDOC Week with the 2010 theme 'Unsung Heroes - Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way'.(ABC)(NAIDOC)
  • 05 Jul Australia celebrates indigenous culture with NAIDOC Week with the 2010 theme 'Unsung Heroes - Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way'.(ABC)(NAIDOC)
  • 06 Jul Australia celebrates indigenous culture for NAIDOC Week with the 2010 theme 'Unsung Heroes - Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way'.(ABC)(NAIDOC)
  • 07 Jul Australia celebrates indigenous culture for NAIDOC Week with the 2010 theme 'Unsung Heroes - Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way'.(ABC)(NAIDOC)
  • 08 Jul The first 24-hour flight by a solar-powered plane is completed by the Solar Impulse.
  • 09 Jul Russia and the US stage an exchange of spies in Vienna, Austria; the US transfers ten spies, and Russia releases four spies, the biggest spy swap since the Cold War.
  • 10 Jul After more than a century in British collections, the head of Noongar leader Yagan is ceremonially buried on the 177th anniversary of his last full day of freedom. (ABC) (Perth Now) (The West-Yahoo!-7)
  • 11 Jul The DPJ-led ruling coalition loses its majority in the upper house of the Diet of Japan. (BBC News) (Ahasi)
  • 12 Jul A new cap on the destroyed oil well is put in place, and will undergo more than 2 days of testing. (AP via MSNBC)
  • 13 Jul George Steinbrenner, New York Yankees owner (1973-), dies at age 80 in Tampa, Florida, after a heart attack.
  • 14 Jul The corpse of senior Rwandan opposition politician Andre Kagwa Rwisereka, who was recently reported missing, is found near his car with the head almost entirely severed off. (BBC)
  • 15 Jul More than 20 people are killed and 100 injured in a suicide attack at a mosque in southeastern Iran. (BBC) (Press TV) (Aljazeera) (Arab News)
  • 16 Jul Federal Defence Minister John Faulkner rules out withdrawing Australian troops from Afghanistan, alleging it would undo nine years of hard work. (''The Sydney Morning Herald'')
  • 17 Jul Dozens of English football fans clash with dogs and riot police in a busy shopping square in York, causing its closure. (BBC)
  • 18 Jul 14 inmates are freed from a jail in Farah after a successful prison break led by the Taliban. (Aljazeera)
  • 19 Jul Greek investigative journalist, blogger and broadcaster Sokratis Giolias is killed after being shot more than 15 times outside his home in Ilioupoli, Athens ahead of the publication of his report into corruption. (BBC) (Aljazeera) (Reuters) (The Washington Post)
  • 20 Jul Navi Pillay states that Kyrgyzstan is detaining hundreds of people and using torture on some of them during the ongoing crisis. (BBC) (Arab News) (France24) (Reuters)
  • 21 Jul The United States announces new sanctions against North Korea aimed to prevent North Korea selling arms and from procuring luxury goods, as well as to put out of business North Korean entities operating illicitly overseas.
  • 22 Jul 15,000 villagers are to be displaced in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of British mining company Randgold Resources's search for gold. (BBC)
  • 23 Jul Nigerian part of Jos is sealed off as police search the city following the discovery of a booby-trap bomb. (BBC)
  • 24 Jul Over 80,000 people from around the world record their daily lives for submission to the YouTube documentary Life In A Day.
  • 25 Jul Wikileaks, an online publisher of anonymous, covert, and classified material, leaks to the public over 90,000 internal reports about the United States-led involvement in the War in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.
  • 26 Jul The US Mint releases the 2010 Yosemite National Park quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 27 Jul The Afghan War Diary claim that Pakistan's Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI) orchestrated the suicide attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul in 2008, which left 40 dead. (samaylive).
  • 28 Jul A bomb on a civilian bus in Nimruz Province in southwest Afghanistan results in at least 25 deaths. (Press TV), (samaylive)
  • 29 Jul Heavy monsoon rains begin to cause widespread flooding (pictured) in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Over 1,600 are killed, and more than one million are displaced by the floods.
  • 30 Jul Afghan War Diary
  • 31 Jul Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky marry in Rhinebeck, New York. (UPI)
  • 01 Aug War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
  • 02 Aug A Jordanian civilian is killed and three others are wounded as a Grad rocket launched from the Sinai hits the city of Aqaba. Four other rockets land in open areas in the Gulf of Aqaba. Jordan, Israel, Egypt and the United States condemn the attack. (YnetNews) (Haaretz)
  • 03 Aug Adaisseh incident:
  • 04 Aug California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, is overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger.
  • 05 Aug Elena Kagan is approved by the US Senate for a post on the US Supreme Court, by a vote of 63-37.
  • 06 Aug The incoming coalition government of the United Kingdom discontinues the use of the controversial ContactPoint database of children.
  • 07 Aug Bowers and Merena Auctions conducts an auction in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 08 Aug North Korea detains a South Korean fishing boat with four South Koreans and three Chinese on board. (BBC) (Straits Times) (Aljazeera)
  • 09 Aug Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu testifies before Israel's Turkel Commission investigating the country's role in May's Gaza flotilla raid, chaired by Israeli judge Jacob Turkel. The testimony is scheduled to last five hours, with some of it closed to the media and public. (The Jerusalem Post) (The Sydney Morning Herald) (The Daily Telegraph) (Aljazeera) (BBC)
  • 10 Aug A 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3T float plane crashes near a remote fishing village in Alaska, killing former U.S. Republican senator Ted Stevens at age 86 and four others.
  • 11 Aug Dan Rostenkowski, Illinois Democratic Representative (1958-94), dies at age 82.
  • 12 Aug War in Afghanistan:
  • 13 Aug U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White bans the planting of genetically modified sugar beets engineered by Monsanto, ruling that in 2009 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had approved Monsanto's genetically modified sugar beets without adequate environmental study.
  • 14 Aug 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games, first ever Youth Olympics, officially starts in Singapore.
  • 15 Aug Inspections of Israel's nuclear programme are urged by some concerned countries in a letter sent to Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States. (Aljazeera)
  • 16 Aug The Philippine security forces announce they will extend the controversial counter-insurgency tactic Oplan Bantay Laya up until December 31, 2010. The political party Bagong Alyansang Makabayan condemned the extension. (The Philippine Daily Inquirer) (The Philippine Star) (GMA News)
  • 17 Aug At least one person is killed and 20 are injured in two separate explosions in Pyatigorsk and North Ossetia in Russia's North Caucasus. (Al Jazeera) (AFP) (Voice of Russia)
  • 18 Aug The corpse of mayor Edelmiro Cavazos of the Mexican town of Santiago, Nuevo León, is found handcuffed and blindfolded after his abduction on Sunday night. (BBC) (Aljazeera) (Los Angeles Times) (AP via Miamai Herald) (Reuters)
  • 19 Aug The US Mint releases the James Buchanan Presidential Dollar to circulation.
  • 20 Aug Norwegian stand-up comedian Hans Morten Hansen completes a 38 hours and 14 minute long stand-up marathon, setting a new world record for longest stand-up performance. (''VG'')
  • 21 Aug Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Gabriela Shalev writes a letter to Ban Ki-moon stating that Israel would use force against a Bolivian-flagged all-female aid ship intending to land near Gaza. (''The Age'')
  • 22 Aug A Venezuelan soldier opens fire at an army base in the capital Caracas, killing two officers and injuring six others. (BBC) (AP)
  • 23 Aug The Palestinian Authority has warned that it will pull out of peace talks if Israel renews the construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank. (BBC)
  • 24 Aug US military in Iraq cuts its strength to 50,000 troops.
  • 25 Aug Battle of Mogadishu (2010):
  • 26 Aug German HIV-positive pop singer Nadja Benaissa is found guilty of grievous bodily harm after transmitting HIV to a man who had unprotected sex with her without her telling him of her condition. (''New York Times'')
  • 27 Aug Battle of Mogadishu
  • 28 Aug Pakistan
  • 29 Aug Eighty thousand people rally in Hong Kong after last week's fatal tourist coach hijacking hostage crisis in the Philippines. (Aljazeera) (BBC) (Bangkok Post) (The Independent)
  • 30 Aug Four Israeli settlers, including a pregnant woman, are shot dead in a shooting outside Kiryat Arba, when a gunman opens fire on their car. Hamas claims responsibility for the murder. (Haaretz)
  • 31 Aug A roadside bomb and mortar attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu kill at least 14 people and injure several others. (Al Jazeera)
  • 01 Sep The People's Liberation Army Navy commences artillery exercises in the Yellow Sea in response to those being conducted by South Korea and the United States against North Korea. (BBC)
  • 02 Sep 10 civilians are killed and 2 others are wounded after being struck by NATO during an election campaign in Rostaq, Afghanistan. Originally, a spokesman had said a ampquotprecision air strikeampquot had hit a militant vehicle. (Reuters)
  • 03 Sep Rebels in Darfur say armed men have attacked villages in the region leaving dozens dead in the last two days. (IOL) (AFP)
  • 04 Sep Canterbury earthquake: a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am causing widespread damage and several power outages.
  • 05 Sep Israel
  • 06 Sep At least seventeen people are killed and forty others injured after a suicide bomber attacks a Pakistan police station in the town of Lakki Marwat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. (Al Arabiya)
  • 07 Sep Israel begins military preparations in order to intercept a 20-ship flotilla due to set sail towards the Gaza Strip and break the Israeli blockade. A wide range of plans are being considered, including the possibility of stopping the flotilla far out at sea due to its sheer size. (Hurriyet)
  • 08 Sep Mexican marines arrest seven gunmen suspected in participating in the massacre of 72 Central and South American migrants in San Fernando, Tamaulipas. (AP via Fox News)
  • 09 Sep In San Bruno, California, a gas pipeline explosion destroys 38 homes, kills at least four people, and leaves a large crater in the ground.
  • 10 Sep 5 Palestinians are wounded during 4 separate Israeli air raids in the Gaza Strip in response to the fourth rocket attack on southern Israel from Gaza in the last two days. (The Jerusalem Post) (BBC)
  • 11 Sep A man is arrested after a minor explosion at a hotel in Copenhagen, amid heightened security fears in Denmark. (BBC) (Deutsche Welle) (Reuters)
  • 12 Sep At least 3 people are killed by a United States missile attack on a home where associates of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan chief Hafiz Gul Bahadur were believed to be staying in northwest Pakistan. (AP via Fox News)
  • 13 Sep At least 18 people are dead after protests in Jammu and Kashmir following reported burning of a Koran in the United States. (BBC) (IBN Live) (Times of India), (Voice of America)
  • 14 Sep Three Colombian police officers were killed Monday during a suspected guerrilla attack near the Venezuelan border. (PLA)
  • 15 Sep Ethiopian forces, supported by Somaliland, kill 123 members of the rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front in the east of the country and surround a further 90 rebels. (BBC)
  • 16 Sep 9 people are reported killed after the 2010 Hakkâri bus attack where a civilian passenger van hit a land mine on a road near Durankaya in the southeastern province of Hakkâri, in Turkey. (Hürriyet) (Al Jazeera)
  • 17 Sep A soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed in South Afghanistan. (Xinhua)
  • 18 Sep Three protesters die in anti-India protests in Jammu and Kashmir with the death toll from protests rising to one hundred. (AFP via Yahoo! News)
  • 19 Sep A new convoy of vehicles departs the UK with humanitarian aid for Gaza, more than three months after 9 people were killed in the Gaza flotilla raid. (Al Jazeera)
  • 20 Sep The US Mint releases the 2010 Grand Canyon National Park quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 21 Sep A helicopter crash kills nine American troops in Afghanistan, making 2010 the deadliest year of the war since 2001 for foreign troops.
  • 22 Sep Singer Eddie Fisher, teen idol in the 1950s ("Thinking of You", "Oh! My Pa-Pa"), dies at age 82 in Berkeley, California.
  • 23 Sep Video chain Blockbuster files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with a plan to cut debt from near $1 billion down to $100 million, and giving a group of bondholders led by billionaire Carl Icahn and hedge funds a controlling stake in the company.
  • 24 Sep Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA object to the use of the song ampquotMamma Miaampquot at rallies held by a right-wing Danish political party and threaten to sue. (BBC)
  • 25 Sep Mahmoud Abbas speaks at United Nations General Assembly to request that Israel is to cease its policy of building settlements in the West Bank.
  • 26 Sep A clash between ethnic Bugis and Tidung (Tarakan indigenous people) claimed one life in Juwata sub-district, Tarakan, East Kalimantan. (Jakarta Post)
  • 27 Sep A suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at a house in northwestern Pakistan in Khushali, a village near Mir Ali, killing four people. (Jakarta Post)
  • 28 Sep A recent drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region killed Sheikh Mohammad Fateh al Masri, one of al Qaeda's top commanders. (CNN)
  • 29 Sep 14 Islamist militants are killed in an operation by Russian forces in Dagestan. (Voice of Russia) (BBC) (Reuters)
  • 30 Sep Three paramilitary soldiers of the Pakistani Armed Forces are killed and three wounded when NATO helicopters strike a border checkpoint in the Kurram Agency tribal area. Pakistan responds by closing an important supply route that runs through its territory. Interior Minister Rehman Malik announces a high-level meeting to discuss NATO violations of Pakistani sovereignty. (Bernama via ''Malaysian Digest'')
  • 01 Oct Rahm Emanuel resigns as US Chief of Staff.
  • 02 Oct A British soldier has been killed in an explosion while on patrol in Nahr-e Saraj District of Helmand Province in Afghanistan. (York Press via AP) (Google via AP)
  • 03 Oct Security forces eliminated 25 Taliban militants in their former stronghold Nad Ali district of southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan. (Xinhua) (People)
  • 04 Oct 3 people killed in Pibor county of Jonglei state of Sudan. (Sudan Tribune)
  • 05 Oct Afghan militant attacks kill 4 civilians, wound 6 in southwestern Farah province's Rusht Rod district. (''Poten'' via Associated Press)
  • 06 Oct Roy Halladay pitches the second no-hitter in MLB Postseason History during Game 1 of the NLDS versus the Cincinnati Reds
  • 07 Oct Six gangsters died and one soldier was injured when an army patrol clashed with suspected gang members in northeastern Mexico state Tamaulipas. (People Daily)
  • 08 Oct Four miners were killed and another was seriously injured after a colliery collapsed in Xinjiang. A pit owned by Xinjiang Shenhua Tiandian Mining in Hutubi county in Changji Hui Autonomous Prefecture caved in. (Global Times)
  • 09 Oct A senior Taliban commander and two other insurgents were killed in a fire fight with Nato and Afghan forces in western Badghis province's Murghab district. (Dawn)
  • 10 Oct The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved.
  • 11 Oct A Telugu Desam leader is murdered in broad daylight in a restaurant near Srikantam circle in Anantapur, India. (Deccan Chronicle)
  • 12 Oct Two explosions occur in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, killing one person and injuring several others. The Al-Qaeda offshoot in the country also states its intention to establish a "new army" to overthrow the President. (BBC) (Al Jazeera) (Voice of Russia)
  • 13 Oct The 2010 Copiapo mining accident in Copiapo, Chile comes to an end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground awaiting rescue.
  • 14 Oct Eight ISAF NATO soldiers are killed in multiple attacks in Afghanistan, including four in roadside bombings. (AP)
  • 15 Oct United Nations envoy Margot Wallström says Congolese government troops may have committed rape and murder in the Democratic Republic of the Congo weeks after similar attacks by rebels. (BBC)
  • 16 Oct Three blasts rocked southern Afghanistan's restive city of Kandahar, killing at least four people and injuring two others. (Xinhua)
  • 17 Oct At least 33 people are killed and 50 others are injured during violence in Karachi as a by-election approaches. (India Times), (Reuters via ABC News Online) (UPI)
  • 18 Oct Iraq War: Amid increasing uncertainty about the timing of the release of the next batch of classified documents by WikiLeaks, the U.S. military assembles a 120-member team to search its database for clues in preparation for the publication event. (The New Zealand Herald) (BBC)
  • 19 Oct Russian troops withdraw from the Georgian border town of Perevi and are replaced by a Georgian Army unit. Perevi is located just outside South Ossetia, and had been occupied since the 2008 war. (BBC) (Zee News)
  • 20 Oct Somali gunmen release a British security consultant for Save the Children after six days in captivity. (BBC)
  • 21 Oct A bomb attack on a bus on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao kills at least seven people. (BBC)
  • 22 Oct The International Space Station surpasses the record for the longest continuous human occupation of space, having been continuously inhabited since November 2, 2000 (3641 days).
  • 23 Oct In preparation for the Seoul summit, finance ministers of the G-20 agree to reform the International Monetary Fund and shift 6% of the voting shares to developing nations and countries with emerging markets.ref name=quotG20 summit agrees to reform IMFquot G20 summit agrees to reform IMF BBC.
  • 24 Oct Six killed in shooting rampage inside militia outpost in Palid, Ipil town, in the Zamboanga Sibugay province of the South Philippines. (''Xinhua'' via PLA)
  • 25 Oct An earthquake and consequent tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, kills over 400 people and leaves hundreds missing.ref name=quotBBC News Major earthquakequot
  • 26 Oct ongoing
  • 27 Oct Several people are injured in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir during protests marking the anniversary of the arrival of Indian forces in the region in 1947. (AFP) (Hindustan Times)
  • 28 Oct France announces it is likely to withdraw some of its troops from Afghanistan in 2011. (CNN)
  • 29 Oct The memoir of George W. Bush reveals his initial belief that he had United Airlines Flight 93 shot down during the September 11 attacks in 2001. (''The Guardian'')
  • 30 Oct One person was killed and eight others were wounded when unknown assailants opened fire in Rawalpindi’s Civil Lines area of Pakistan. (dawn)
  • 31 Oct The US, UK, France and Germany ban all air freight from Yemen at their respective countries' airports following the discovery of two explosive packages. (''The Jerusalem Post'')
  • 01 Nov Two Afghan women charity workers are shot dead. They were travelling between Lashkar Gah and Garmser, a volatile area in the Helmand River valley, when they were attacked. (dawn)
  • 02 Nov Greek mail bombs
  • 03 Nov Greece suspends air mail deliveries after a series of parcel bombs are sent to foreign embassies and leaders. (CNN) (BBC) (People's Daily)
  • 04 Nov Aero Caribbean Flight 883 crashes in central Cuba, killing all 68 people on board.ref name=NYT_1106
  • 05 Nov A suicide bomber kills at least 50 people and injures around 90 in a mosque near Darra Adam Khel region, 30 kilometers from Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. (CNN) (Xinhua) (Dawn)
  • 06 Nov The United Nations says that more than 650 women and children have been detained, tortured and sexually abused during mass evictions from Angola to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Al Jazeera)
  • 07 Nov Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab threaten more attacks in Burundi and Uganda in retaliation for their participation in an African Union peacekeeping operation in the country. Meanwhile, seven people are killed in fighting in the capital Mogadishu. (CP)
  • 08 Nov AfghanistanAfghan and NATO-led troops kill 15 Taliban militants in the southern Kandahar province during a joint operation. (Xinhua)
  • 09 Nov A bomb explosion kills Ali Abadi, governor of Shwak district in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktia. (Press TV)
  • 10 Nov The death toll from clashes in Western Sahara increases to 19. (AP via ''South Coast Today'')
  • 11 Nov November 12 ampndash The G-20 summit is held in Seoul, South Korea. Korea becomes the first non-G8 nation to host a G-20 leaders summit.
  • 12 Nov A convoy carrying Chinese mine workers is attacked in Cabinda Province, Angola, killing two soldiers. (BBC)
  • 13 Nov Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao defeats American Antonio Margarito to become the first boxer ever to win championships in eight different weight classes.
  • 14 Nov One person dies when a bomb in a pushcart explodes in Behsod district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. (Xinhua)
  • 15 Nov The US Mint releases the 2010 Mount Hood National Forest quarter dollar to circulation.
  • 16 Nov An anti-tank mine explodes under a truck in Battambang province of Cambodia, killing all 14 people aboard. (Zee)
  • 17 Nov Researchers at CERN trap 38 antihydrogen atoms for a sixth of a second, marking the first time in history that humans have trapped antimatter.
  • 18 Nov The US Mint releases the 2010 Abraham Lincoln Presidential dollar to circulation.
  • 19 Nov Eleven people are killed in clashes between the rival al-Shabaab and Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a groups in central Somalia. (Press TV)
  • 20 Nov Participants of the 2010 NATO Lisbon summit issued the Lisbon Summit Declaration.
  • 21 Nov Eurozone countries agree to a rescue package for the Republic of Ireland from the European Financial Stability Facility in response to the country's financial crisis..
  • 22 Nov A stampede during Bon Om Thook (Khmer Water Festival) celebrations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, kills 347.ref name=quotcnn25quot
  • 23 Nov The Bombardment of Yeonpyeong occurs on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea. The North Korean artillery attack kills 2 civilians and 2 South Korean marines.
  • 24 Nov Shelling of Yeonpyeong:
  • 25 Nov At least one person is killed and more than 40 left wounded after hundreds of Christian protesters clash with riot police in Cairo, Egypt. (Pravda)
  • 26 Nov Three armed men are killed in a shootout in the Russian republic. (rferl)
  • 27 Nov Seven people are killed after steel box girders used for building an overpass overturn in Nanjing, China. (Xinhua via ''Shanghai Daily'')
  • 28 Nov WikiLeaks releases a collection of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables, including 100,000 marked quotsecretquot or quotconfidentialquot. 1,796 memos from US embassy in Manila in WikiLeaks 'Cablegate' | ABS-CBN News | Latest Philippine Headlines, Breaking News, Video, Analysis, Features!-- Bot generated title --
  • 29 Nov The European Union agree to an €85 billion rescue deal for Ireland from the European Financial Stability Facility, the International Monetary Fund and bilateral loans from the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden.ref name=quotrescuedealquot
  • 30 Nov Battle of Mogadishu (2010)
  • 01 Dec Two villagers and 10 Naxalites are killed in firing between a group of criminals and Maoists in Munger, India. (PTI)
  • 02 Dec About 8,000 African Union troops from Burundi and Uganda are deployed to the Somali capital Mogadishu, the scene of heavy fighting this week. (Reuters)
  • 03 Dec Two Lebanese labourers are injured after the Israeli army detonates two of its espionage devices by remote control in the southern Lebanese city of Tyre. (AFP via Google News) (Daily Star - Lebanon)
  • 04 Dec Dozens of Easter Islanders are injured in conflict over ownership as riot police evict islanders from their ancestral home. (Al Jazeera)
  • 05 Dec The Harlem Globetrotters Played their famous ''Four Point Game'' against the Generals.
  • 06 Dec Somali pirates hijack a Bangladeshi cargo ship off the coast of India. (BBC) (Straits Times) (Capital FM Kenya)
  • 07 Dec One child is killed and 20 people are injured in a bomb blast at a temple in Varanasi, northern India. (Hindustan Times) (Reuters)
  • 08 Dec With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
  • 09 Dec Dame Helen Mirren, speaking as she received an award in Beverly Hills, USA, criticises the intentions of Hollywood filmmakers who "worship at the altar of the 18- to 25-year-old male and his penis". (BBC) (The Guardian) (The Daily Telegraph)
  • 10 Dec Somali pirates hijack a Liberian ship 80 nautical miles east of the border between Tanzania and Mozambique, in their most southerly attack yet. (CNN)
  • 11 Dec Two explosions occur in a busy shopping district of Stockholm, Sweden, killing one and injuring two others. Officials say the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack.
  • 12 Dec A suicide bomber in the Iraqi city of Ramadi in western Anbar province kills several people. (Al Jazeera)
  • 13 Dec A Liberian owned cargo vessel with 24 Filipino crew is seized by Somali pirates 550 nautical miles from the coast of India. (Xinhua)
  • 14 Dec The Philippine government says it will attempt to end the long-running communist insurgency ampquotwithin three yearsampquot, as it announces a resumption of peace talks with rebels. (''Straits Times'')
  • 15 Dec Communist rebels in the Philippines kill 10 soldiers as they returned to base to observe a Christmas truce. (''Straits Times'')
  • 16 Dec Self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, sparking the Tunisian Revolution and the 2010 : 2011 Middle East and North Africa protests.
  • 17 Dec US Mint Director Edmund Moy submits his resignation, effective January 9, to accept a job in the private sector.
  • 18 Dec Governmental protests begin in Tunisia, beginning the 2010-2011 Middle East and North Africa protests
  • 19 Dec Sri Lanka lifts a ban on a United Nations war crimes panel visiting the country. (The Hindu) (Reuters)
  • 20 Dec 7 people are killed in a roadside bomb and shooting incident in the Somali capital Mogadishu. (Reuters)
  • 21 Dec The first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the Northern winter solstice and Southern summer solstice since 1638 takes place. Lunar eclipse, winter solstice to coincide
  • 22 Dec The repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, the 17-year-old policy banning on homosexuals serving openly in the United States military, is signed into law by President Barack Obama.
  • 23 Dec Hundreds of South Korean troops, tanks, helicopters and jet fighters gather 12 miles from the border with North Korea to stage one of South Korea's largest ever live fire military drills in a ampquotshow of forceampquot before its neighbour. North Korea describes the exercises as ampquotwarmongeringampquot, and threatens a ampquotsacred warampquot. (Al Jazeera)
  • 24 Dec At least 32 people are killed in bomb blasts detonated during Christmas Eve celebrations near the city of Jos, Nigeria, while at least six people die in attacks on churches by suspected Islamists in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.(BBC)
  • 25 Dec At least 45 people are killed and at least 50 others are injured in Khar, Bajaur, Pakistan when a woman throws two hand grenades and detonates her vest at a World Food Programme (WFP) distribution centre in the early morning. (BBC) (Voice of America) (The Jerusalem Post)
  • 26 Dec Jos attacks:
  • 27 Dec At least 3 people are killed and others are injured when a car bomb explodes near Kabul Bank in Kandahar. (Al Jazeera)
  • 28 Dec A series of suspected U.S. missile strikes causes at least 15 deaths in North Waziristan, Pakistan. (Al Jazeera)
  • 29 Dec South Thailand insurgency: Seven people are injured in a bomb attack in southern Thailand by suspected Islamist insurgents. (The Straits Times) (Thai News Agency)
  • 30 Dec Côte d'Ivoire's ambassador to the United Nations, Youssoufou Bamba, says the country is on the ampquotbrink of genocideampquot. (Reuters)
  • 31 Dec A pre-dawn bomb explodes outside a closed night club in Athens there are no injuries. (Press Association via Google News)