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2010
2010
was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2010th year of the Common Era
Common Era
(CE) and Anno Domini
Anno Domini
(AD) designations, the 10th year of the 3rd millennium, the 10th year of the 21st century, and the 1st year of the 2010s
2010s
decade. 2010
2010
was designated as:

International Year of Biodiversity International Year of Youth 2010
2010
European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures

Contents

1 Pronunciation 2 Events

2.1 January 2.2 February 2.3 March 2.4 April 2.5 May 2.6 June 2.7 July 2.8 August 2.9 September 2.10 October 2.11 November 2.12 December

3 Deaths

3.1 January 3.2 February 3.3 March 3.4 April 3.5 May 3.6 June 3.7 July 3.8 August 3.9 September 3.10 October 3.11 November 3.12 December

4 Nobel Prizes 5 References

Pronunciation[edit] See also: 2010s
2010s
§ Pronunciation There is a debate among experts and the general public on how to pronounce specific years of the 21st century
21st century
in English. The year 2010 is pronounced either "twenty-ten" or "two thousand (and) ten".[1] 2010 was the first year to have a wide variation in pronunciation, as the years 2000 to 2009
2009
were generally pronounced "two thousand (and) one, two, three, etc." as opposed to the less common "twenty-oh-_". Events[edit] January[edit]

Damaged buildings in Port-au-Prince
Port-au-Prince
following the Haiti
Haiti
earthquake in January 12.

January 4 – The tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is officially opened.[2][3][4] January 8 – The Togo national football team
Togo national football team
is involved in an attack in Cabinda Province, Angola, and as a result withdraws from the Africa Cup of Nations. The attack was perpetrated by the FLEC, their first since the Angolan Civil War.[5] January 12 – A 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti, devastating the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince. With a confirmed death toll over 316,000,[6][7][8] it is the tenth deadliest on record. January 14 – Yemen declares an open war against the terrorist group al-Qaeda. January 15

The longest annular solar eclipse of the 3rd millennium occurs.[citation needed] The Chadian Civil War (2005–10)
Chadian Civil War (2005–10)
officially ends.[citation needed]

January 25 Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409
crashes into the Mediterranean shortly after take-off from Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people on board.

February[edit]

February 3 – The sculpture L'Homme qui marche I
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.[9][10] February 12–28 – The 2010 Winter Olympics
2010 Winter Olympics
are held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada. February 18 – The President of Niger, Mamadou Tandja, is overthrown after a group of soldiers storms the presidential palace[11] and form a ruling junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy headed by chef d'escadron Salou Djibo.[12] February 27 – An 8.8-magnitude earthquake occurs in Chile, triggering a tsunami over the Pacific and killing at least 525.[13] The earthquake is one of the largest in recorded history.

March[edit]

March 16 – The Kasubi Tombs, Uganda's only cultural World Heritage Site, are destroyed by fire.[14] March 26 – The ROKS Cheonan, a South Korean Navy ship carrying 104 personnel, sinks off the country's west coast, killing 46. In May, an independent investigation blames North Korea, which denies the allegations.[15][16]

April[edit]

April 7 – Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev
Kurmanbek Bakiyev
flees the country amid fierce anti-government riots in the capital, Bishkek.[17] April 10 – The President of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, is among 96 killed when their airplane crashes near Smolensk, Russia.[18][19] April 14 Volcanic ash
Volcanic ash
from one of several eruptions beneath Mount Eyjafjallajökull, an ice cap in Iceland, begins to disrupt air traffic across northern and western Europe.[20][21][22] April 20 – The Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers. The resulting Horizon oil spill, one of the largest in history, spreads for several months, damaging the waters and the United States coastline, and prompting international debate and doubt about the practice and procedures of offshore drilling.[23][24] April 27 – Standard & Poor's downgrades Greece's sovereign credit rating to junk 4 days after the activation of a €45-billion EU–IMF bailout, triggering the decline of stock markets worldwide and of the euro's value,[25][26][27] and furthering a European sovereign debt crisis.

May[edit]

May 2 – The eurozone and the International Monetary Fund
International Monetary Fund
agree to a €110 billion bailout package for Greece. The package involves sharp Greek austerity measures.[28] May 4 Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
by Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso
sells in New York for US$106.5 million, setting another new world record for a work of art sold at auction.[29][30][31] May 6 – The 2010
2010
Flash Crash, a trillion-dollar stock market crash, occurs over 36 minutes, initiated by a series of automated trading programs in a feedback loop.[32] May 7

Chile
Chile
becomes the 31st member of the OECD.[33] Scientists conducting the Neanderthal genome project
Neanderthal genome project
announce that they have sequenced enough of the Neanderthal
Neanderthal
genome to suggest that Neanderthals and humans may have interbred.[34][35]

May 12 Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771
Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771
crashes at runway at Tripoli International Airport in Libya, killing 103 of the 104 people on board.[36] May 19 – Protests in Bangkok, Thailand, end with a bloody military crackdown, killing 91 and injuring more than 2,100.[37][38] May 20

Scientists announced that they have created a functional synthetic genome.[39] Five paintings worth €100 million are stolen from the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.[40][41]

May 22 Air India Express Flight 812
Air India Express Flight 812
overshoots the runway at Mangalore International Airport in India, killing 158 and leaving 8 survivors.[42] May 28 – the 2010 Ahmadiyya mosques massacre
2010 Ahmadiyya mosques massacre
in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, killed 94 people during Friday prayers at two mosques.[43] May 31 – Nine activists are killed in a clash with soldiers when Israeli Navy forces raid and capture a flotilla of ships attempting to break the Gaza blockade.[44][45]

June[edit]

June 10–14 – Ethnic riots in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks result in the deaths of hundreds.[46] June 11 July 11 – The 2010 FIFA World Cup
2010 FIFA World Cup
is held in South Africa, and is won by Spain. June 24 Julia Gillard
Julia Gillard
is elected unopposed in a Labor Party leadership ballot and sworn in as the first female Prime Minister of Australia following the resignation of Kevin Rudd.[47]

July[edit]

July 8 – The first 24-hour flight by a solar-powered plane is completed by the Solar Impulse.[48] July 21 Slovenia
Slovenia
becomes the 32nd member of the OECD.[49] July 25 – 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.[50] July 29 – Heavy monsoon rains begin to cause widespread flooding in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province of Pakistan. Over 1,600 are killed, and more than one million are displaced by the floods.[51]

August[edit]

August 10 – The World Health Organization
World Health Organization
declares the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, saying worldwide flu activity has returned to typical seasonal patterns.[52] August 21 – Australian federal election, 2010: Julia Gillard's Labor Government is re-elected, narrowly defeating[53] the Liberal/National Coalition led by Tony Abbott.[54]

September[edit]

September 4 – A 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Christchurch, New Zealand causing large amounts of damage but no direct fatalities.[55] It is the first in a series of earthquakes between 2010
2010
and 2012
2012
that resulted in the deaths of 187 people and over $40 billion worth of damage.[56][57] Seismologists noted that the earthquake sequence was highly unusual, and likely to never happen again anywhere else in the world.[58] September 7 Israel
Israel
becomes the 33rd member of the OECD.[59] September 30 Germany
Germany
pays war reparations for World War I.

October[edit]

October 10 – The Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands Antilles
are dissolved, with the islands being split up and given a new constitutional status.[60] October 22 – The International Space Station
International Space Station
surpasses the record for the longest continuous human occupation of space, having been continuously inhabited since November 2, 2000 (3641 days).[61][62] October 23 – In preparation for the Seoul
Seoul
summit, finance ministers of the G-20 agree to reform the International Monetary Fund
International Monetary Fund
and shift 6% of the voting shares to developing nations and countries with emerging markets.[63] October 25
October 25
– An earthquake and consequent tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, kills over 400 people and leaves hundreds missing.[64] October 26 – Repeated eruptions of Mount Merapi
Mount Merapi
volcano in Central Java, Indonesia, and accompanying pyroclastic flows of scalding gas, pumice, and volcanic ash descending the erupting volcano kill 300 people and force hundreds of thousands of residents to evacuate.[65][66][67]

November[edit]

November 4 Aero Caribbean Flight 883
Aero Caribbean Flight 883
crashes in central Cuba, killing all 68 people on board.[68] November 11–12 – The G-20 summit is held in Seoul, South Korea. Korea becomes the first non-G8 nation to host a G-20 leaders summit.[69] November 13 – Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi
is released from her house arrest after being incarcerated since 1989.[70] November 17 – Researchers at CERN
CERN
trap 38 antihydrogen atoms for a sixth of a second, marking the first time in history that humans have trapped antimatter.[71] November 20 – Participants of the 2010
2010
NATO Lisbon summit issue the Lisbon Summit Declaration. November 21 Eurozone
Eurozone
countries agree to a rescue package for the Republic of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
from the European Financial Stability Facility
European Financial Stability Facility
in response to the country's financial crisis.[72][73][74] November 23 North Korea
North Korea
shells Yeonpyeong Island, prompting a military response by South Korea. The incident causes an escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula
Korean Peninsula
and prompts widespread international condemnation. The United Nations
United Nations
declares it to be one of the most serious incidents since the end of the Korean War.[75][76][77] November 28 WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks
releases a collection of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables, including 100,000 marked "secret" or "confidential".[78][79] November 29 – The European Union
European Union
agree to an €85 billion rescue deal for Ireland from the European Financial Stability Facility, the International Monetary Fund
International Monetary Fund
and bilateral loans from the United Kingdom, Denmark
Denmark
and Sweden.[80] November 29 December 10 – The 2010
2010
United Nations
United Nations
Climate Change Conference is held in Cancún, Mexico. Also referred to as the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations
United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16), it serves too as the 6th meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol
Kyoto Protocol
(CMP 6).[81][82]

December[edit]

December 9 Estonia
Estonia
becomes the 34th member of the OECD.[83] December 17 – The attempted suicide of Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor in Tunisia, triggers the Tunisian Revolution
Tunisian Revolution
and the wider Arab Spring throughout the Arab world.[84] December 21 – The first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the Northern winter solstice and Southern summer solstice since 1638 takes place.[85][86]

Deaths[edit] Main article: Deaths in 2010 Further information: Category: 2010
2010
deaths January[edit]

Miep Gies

January 4

Johan Ferrier, 1st President of Suriname (b. 1910) Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese dual atomic bomb survivor (b. 1916)

January 9 – Armand Razafindratandra, Malagasy cardinal (b. 1925) January 10 – Crispin Sorhaindo, 4th President of Dominica (b. 1931) January 11

Miep Gies, Dutch humanitarian (b. 1909) Éric Rohmer, French film director (b. 1920)

January 15 – Marshall Warren Nirenberg, American biologist and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1927) January 17

Jyoti Basu, Indian politician (b. 1914) Erich Segal, American author, screenwriter, and educator (b. 1937)

January 22

Iskandar of Johor, 8th King of Malaysia (b. 1932) Jean Simmons, British actress (b. 1929)

January 25 – Ali Hassan al-Majid, Iraqi politician and military commander (b. 1941) January 27

J. D. Salinger, American author (b. 1919) Howard Zinn, American historian (b. 1922)

February[edit]

Alexander Haig

February 1 – Steingrímur Hermannsson, 19th Prime Minister of Iceland
Iceland
(b. 1928) February 7 – André Kolingba, 4th President of the Central African Republic (b. 1936) February 10

Charlie Wilson, American politician (b. 1933) José Joaquín Trejos Fernández, 35th President of Costa Rica
President of Costa Rica
(b. 1916)

February 11 – Alexander McQueen, British fashion designer (b. 1969) February 14 – Dick Francis, British author and jockey (b. 1920) February 17 – Kathryn Grayson, American singer (b. 1922) February 18 – Ariel Ramírez, Argentine composer (b. 1921) February 20 – Alexander Haig, 59th United States Secretary of State (b. 1924)

March[edit]

Michael Foot

Robert Culp

March 3 – Michael Foot, British politician (b. 1913) March 4 – Vladislav Ardzinba, Soviet-born politician (b. 1945) March 10 – Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, Egyptian Muslim cleric (b. 1928) March 12 – Miguel Delibes, Spanish author and journalist (b. 1920) March 14 – Peter Graves, American actor (b. 1926) March 20 – Girija Prasad Koirala, Nepalese politician (b. 1925) March 21 – Wolfgang Wagner, German festival director (b. 1919) March 22

James Black, British pharmacologist and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1924) Valentina Tolkunova, Soviet and Russian singer (b. 1946)

March 24 – Robert Culp, American actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1930) March 27 – Vasily Smyslov, Soviet-Russian chess grandmaster (b. 1921) March 30 – Martin Sandberger, German army officer (b. 1911)

April[edit]

Lech Kaczyński

Juan Antonio Samaranch

April 1

John Forsythe, American actor (b. 1918) Tzannis Tzannetakis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1928)

April 3 – Eugène Terre'Blanche, South African politician and white supremacist (b. 1941) April 8

Malcolm McLaren, British musician and manager (b. 1946) Abel Muzorewa, Zimbabwean politician (b. 1925)

April 10

Ryszard Kaczorowski, Polish statesman (b. 1919) Lech Kaczyński, President of Poland
President of Poland
(b. 1949)

April 14 – Peter Steele, American musician (b. 1962) April 16 – Tomáš Špidlík, Czech cardinal (b. 1919) April 19 – Guru, American Rapper (b. 1961) April 21 – Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spanish sports official (b. 1920) April 25 – Alan Sillitoe, British writer (b. 1928) April 30 – Paul Mayer, German cardinal (b. 1911)

May[edit]

Lena Horne

Gary Coleman

Dennis Hopper

May 2 – Lynn Redgrave, British actress (b. 1943) May 4 – Luigi Poggi, Italian cardinal (b. 1917) May 5

Giulietta Simionato, Italian opera singer (b. 1910) Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, 13th President of Nigeria (b. 1951)

May 8 – Andor Lilienthal, Hungarian chess grandmaster (b. 1911) May 9 – Lena Horne, American singer and actress (b. 1917) May 10 – Frank Frazetta, American artist (b. 1928) May 16

Ronnie James Dio, American musician (b. 1942) Oswaldo López Arellano, Honduran two-time former president (b. 1921)

May 17

Bobbejaan Schoepen, Belgian singer (b. 1925) Yvonne Loriod, French pianist (b. 1924)

May 18 – Edoardo Sanguineti, Italian writer (b. 1930) May 22 – Martin Gardner, American science author (b. 1914) May 24 – Paul Gray, American musician (b. 1972) May 28 – Gary Coleman, American actor, voice artist and comedian (b. 1968) May 29 – Dennis Hopper, American actor, filmmaker, photographer and artist (b. 1936) May 31 – Louise Bourgeois, French-born American sculptor (b. 1911)

June[edit]

José Saramago

Algirdas Brazauskas

June 1 – Andrei Voznesensky, Soviet-Russian poet (b. 1933) June 2 – Giuseppe Taddei, Italian baritone (b. 1916) June 3 – Vladimir Arnold, Soviet-Russian mathematician (b. 1937) June 14 – Leonid Kizim, Soviet-Ukrainian cosmonaut (b. 1941) June 16 – Marc Bazin, 4th Prime Minister of Haiti
Haiti
(b. 1932) June 18

Marcel Bigeard, French military officer (b. 1916) José Saramago, Portuguese writer and Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1922)

June 19 – Manute Bol, Sudanese basketball player (b. 1962) June 23 – Mohammed Mzali, former Prime Minister of Tunisia
Tunisia
(b. 1925) June 26 – Algirdas Brazauskas, 9th President of Lithuania (b. 1932) June 28 – Robert Byrd, American politician (b. 1917)

July[edit]

July 5

Cesare Siepi, Italian opera singer (b. 1923) Nasr Abu Zayd, Egyptian Qur'anic theologian (b. 1943)

July 13 – George Steinbrenner, American businessman and owner of the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
(b. 1930) July 14 – Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor (b. 1925) July 24 – Alex Higgins, Northern Irish snooker player (b. 1949) July 29 – Zheng Ji, Chinese nutritionist and biochemist (b. 1900)

August[edit]

Patricia Neal

Francesco Cossiga

August 5 – Godfrey Binaisa, 5th President of Uganda
Uganda
(b. 1920) August 6 – Tony Judt, British historian (b. 1948) August 7 – Bruno Cremer, French actor (b. 1929) August 8
August 8
– Patricia Neal, American actress (b. 1926) August 9 – Ted Stevens, American politician (b. 1923) August 12 – Guido de Marco, 6th President of Malta (b. 1931) August 13 – Lance Cade, American professional wrestler (b. 1981) August 16 – Nicola Cabibbo, Italian physicist (b. 1935) August 17 – Francesco Cossiga, 63rd Prime Minister and 8th President of Italy (b. 1928) August 18 – Carlos Hugo of Bourbon-Parma, Spanish aristocrat (b. 1930) August 22 – Stjepan Bobek, Yugoslav footballer (b. 1923) August 23 – Satoshi Kon, Japanese anime film director (b. 1963) August 26

William Lenoir, American astronaut (b. 1939) Raimon Panikkar, Spanish theologian (b. 1918)

August 27 – Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (b. 1934) August 28 – Sinan Hasani, 10th President of Yugoslavia (b. 1922) August 30 – Francisco Varallo, Argentine footballer (b. 1910) August 31 – Laurent Fignon, French road bicycle racer (b. 1960)

September[edit]

Tony Curtis

September 7 – Glenn Shadix, American actor (b. 1952) September 9 – Bent Larsen, Danish chess grandmaster (b. 1935) September 11 – Kevin McCarthy, American actor (b. 1914) September 12 – Claude Chabrol, French film director (b. 1930) September 24 – Gennady Yanayev, Soviet politician; mastermind of the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt
1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt
(b. 1937) September 26 – Gloria Stuart, American actress (b. 1910) September 28 – Arthur Penn, American film director (b. 1922) September 29

Georges Charpak, French Nobel physicist (b. 1924) Tony Curtis, American actor (b. 1925)

October[edit]

Benoit Mandelbrot

Néstor Kirchner

October 4 – Norman Wisdom, British actor and comedian (b. 1915) October 7 – Milka Planinc, former Prime Minister of Yugoslavia (b. 1924) October 9 – Maurice Allais, French Nobel economist (b. 1911) October 9 – S S Chandran, Indian actor (b. 1941) October 10 – Solomon Burke, American soul musician (b. 1940) October 11 – Joan Sutherland, Australian opera singer (b. 1926) October 14 – Benoît Mandelbrot, French-American mathematician (b. 1924) October 19 – Tom Bosley, American actor (b. 1927) October 20

W. Cary Edwards, American politician (b. 1944) Farooq Leghari, 9th President of Pakistan (b. 1940)

October 23 – David Thompson, 6th Prime Minister of Barbados (b. 1961) October 25
October 25
– Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican musician (b. 1951) October 27 – Néstor Kirchner, 54th President of Argentina (b. 1950) October 28 – Jonathan Motzfeldt, 1st Prime Minister of Greenland (b. 1938) October 30 – Harry Mulisch, Dutch writer (b. 1927)

November[edit]

Leslie Nielsen

November 2 – Rudolf Barshai, Soviet-Russian conductor and violist (b. 1924) November 3 – Viktor Chernomyrdin, 31st Prime Minister of Russia
Russia
(b. 1938) November 5

Jill Clayburgh, American actress (b. 1944) Hajo Herrmann, German fighter pilot and lawyer (b. 1913)

November 8 – Emilio Eduardo Massera, Argentinian admiral (b. 1925) November 10 – Dino De Laurentiis, Italian film producer (b. 1919) November 12 – Henryk Górecki, Polish composer (b. 1933) November 27 – Irvin Kershner, American film director (b. 1923) November 28 – Leslie Nielsen, Canadian-American actor (b. 1926) November 29

Bella Akhmadulina, Soviet-Russian poet (b. 1937) Mario Monicelli, Italian actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1915)

December[edit]

Ellis Clarke

December 10 – John B. Fenn, American Nobel chemist (b. 1917) December 12

Timothée Malendoma, Prime Minister of the Central African Republic (b. 1935) Tom Walkinshaw, British racing car driver and team owner (b. 1946)

December 13 – Richard Holbrooke, American diplomat (b. 1941) December 14 – Pascal Rakotomavo, 10th Prime Minister of Madagascar (b. 1934) December 15 – Blake Edwards, American film director (b. 1922) December 17 – Captain Beefheart, American musician (b. 1941) December 21 – Enzo Bearzot, Italian footballer and coach (b. 1927) December 23 – Celestino Rocha da Costa, 2nd Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe (b. 1938) December 25 – Carlos Andrés Pérez, 55th President of Venezuela (b. 1922) December 26
December 26
– Salvador Jorge Blanco, 48th President of the Dominican Republic (b. 1926) December 30

Ellis Clarke, 1st President of Trinidad and Tobago (b. 1917) Bobby Farrell, West Indian-born Dutch dancer (Boney M.) (b. 1949)

Nobel Prizes[edit]

Chemistry – Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi
Ei-ichi Negishi
and Akira Suzuki Economics – Peter A. Diamond, Dale T. Mortensen
Dale T. Mortensen
and Christopher A. Pissarides Literature – Mario Vargas Llosa Peace – Liu Xiaobo Physics – Andre Geim
Andre Geim
and Konstantin Novoselov Physiology or Medicine – Robert G. Edwards

References[edit]

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2010s
portal

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