On This Day In History, 10 October


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World Events Today

  • The 18th Summer Olympic Games opened in Tokyo, Japan, today in 1964
  • The general election in the United Kingdom was won by the Labour Party today in 1974, the party was led by Harold Wilson
  • The former cricketer Imran Khan was elected to the Pakistani Parliament today in 2002, he would eventually go on to be Prime Minister

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American epic drama movie Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean, premiered in New York today in 1956
  • From Russia With Love, the 2nd James Bond movie, starring Sean Connery, premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London today in 1963
  • The single Good Vibrations was released by the American rock band the Beach Boys today in 1966, it was a commercial hit in many countries including the United States and the United Kingdom

Family Events Today

  • Martin Austin Ruane, better known as the English professional wrestler “Giant Haystacks”, one of Britain’s best-known wrestlers, was born today in 1946 in London
  • The Russian actor Yul Brynner, star of The King and I and The Ten Commandments, died today in 1985 aged 65
  • The American actor Christopher Reeve, who is best known for playing Superman in the 1978 version of the movie, died today in 2004 aged 52

Main Event Today

  • Huracán San Calixto made landfall today in 1780, it was the deadliest Atlantic hurricane ever known, killing over 20,000 people throughout the Lesser Antilles, including Barbados, Martinique and Saint Lucia

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Handbag Day

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