Holidays Calendar for April 10, 2016

The second Sunday in April is Air Defense Forces Day. This memorable day is observed in Russia and Belarus.


Builders' Day is an annual professional holiday in the Republic of Azerbaijan that honors the country's professionals employed in the building construction. It is celebrated on April 10.

Siblings Day (also National Siblings Day) is observed annually on April 10. This day was created to honor the siblings relations, which are known as the most long-lasting ones.

April 10 is Safety Pin Day (also known as International Safety Pin Day), an informal observance dedicated to a simple yet ingenious invention. We are sure that practically everyone has used a safety pin at least once in their life.

April 10 is National Cinnamon Crescent Day. As far as crescent is the same as croissant, French pastry lovers can enjoy this holiday with their favorite treats.

Children's Day is one of the most favorite holidays in the countries of South America. Here the governments always organize the jolliest events for the little ones. For instance, in Peru parents and their children celebrate this holiday on the second Sunday in April.


This Day in History

  • 2013 Died: Robert Edwards, English physiologist, pioneer in reproductive medicine, Nobel Prize laureate for the development of in vitro fertilization.
  • 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashed near Smolensk, Russia. 96 were killed, including President of Poland Lech Kaczyński and dozens of other senior officials.
  • 2007 Died: Charles Philippe Leblond, French-Canadian biologist, a pioneer of cell biology and stem cell research. He developed autoradiography and showed how cells continuously renew themselves regardless of age.
  • 1998 The peace deal in Northern Ireland was reached by signing the Good Friday Agreement (or Belfast Agreement). Present Northern Ireland's devolved system of government is based on the Agreement. Also a number of institutions between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and between the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom were created by the Agreement.
  • 1991 Italian ferry MS Moby Prince collided with an oil tanker in dense fog in the harbor of Livorno, Italy. 140 people died.
  • 1988 More 1,000 people were killed in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan, as a result of rockets and other munitions expelled by the blast.
  • 1984 Born: Mandy Moore, American singer-songwriter and actress. She became popular in the early 2000s. Along with musical career Moore started acting in movies (A Walk to Remember, Chasing Liberty, Saved!).
  • 1980 Born: Charlie Hunnam, English actor and screenwriter, best known for roles as Jackson Teller in TV series Sons of Anarchy and Raleigh Becket in Pacific Rim.
  • 1979 Died: Nino Rota, Italian pianist, composer, and conductor, best known for film scores for films by Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Franco Zeffirelli and Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather.
  • 1979 Born: Sophie Ellis-Bextor, English singer and songwriter. She made her appearance in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the band Theaudience. Later she went solo and achieved widespread success in the early 2000s.
  • 1972 Construction workers in Shandong accidentally discovered tombs containing bamboo slips (ancient Chinese writing tablets), among them were Sun Tzu's Art of War and Sun Bin's lost military treatise.
  • 1972 The production of biological weapons was banned by the Biological Weapons Convention, sighed by 74 nations.
  • 1970 Paul McCartney announced, that he was leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons.
  • 1966 Died: Evelyn Waugh, English soldier, author, and educator. He is best known for the works Decline and Falls, A Handful of Dust, Brideshead Revisited, Sword of Honour.
  • 1962 Died: Stuart Sutcliffe, Scottish bass player, best known as the original bassist of The Beatles. He left the band to pursue his career as an artist.
  • 1962 Died: Michael Curtiz, Hungarian-American director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed over 50 films in Europe and more than 100 in the USA. Many of his films are classics, including The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Wolf, Casablanca, White Christmas.
  • 1954 Died: Auguste Auguste Marie Louis Nicolas, French director and producer. Together with his brother Louis Jean he patented the cinematograph, that allowed viewing by multiple parties.
  • 1954 Died: Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater and celebrity. He set 14 world records in speed skating and won numerous Gold and Silver medals at important championships he participated in.
  • 1952 Born: Steven Seagal, American actor, producer, and martial artist. He started practicing Aikido at the age of 13 and later moved to Japan. He became the first foreigner to operate an Aikido dojo in Japan. Knowledge of martial arts brought Seagal to film industry.
  • 1927 Born: Marshall Warren Nirenberg, American biochemist and geneticist, Nobel Prize laureate for breaking the genetic code and describing how it operates in protein synthesis.
  • 1917 Born: Robert Burns Woodward, American organic chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate for synthesis of complex organic molecules.
  • 1912 RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England on her maiden and only voyage.
  • 1909 Died: Algernon Charles Swinburne, English author, poet, playwright, and critic. He is remembered for contribution to the famous Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica.
  • 1866 Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New York.
  • 1847 Born: Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-American politician, journalist, and publisher, founder of Pulitzer, Inc. He is best known for establishing of Pulitzer Prizes in 1917 by money he bequeathed to Columbia University.
  • 1829 Born: William Booth, English minister, founder and the first general of The Salvation Army, the Christian movement with a quasi-military structure and government. The Salvation Army has spread to many parts of the world and is known as the largest distributor of humanitarian aid.
  • 1815 The Mount Tambora volcano in Indonesia began a three-month-long eruption, that lasted till July 15. 71,000 people were killed, the climate of Earth was affected for the next two years.
  • 1813 Died: Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Italian mathematician and astronomer, who made significant contributions to the fields of analysis, number theory, classical and celestial mechanics.
  • 1755 Born: Samuel Hahnemann, German physician, the creator homeopathy, a system of alternative medicine.
  • 1583 Born: Hugo Grotius, Dutch jurist and philosopher. He, Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili laid the foundations for international law, based on natural law.