April 10 in Pop Culture History

April 10 History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

April 10 History Highlights

  • 1866 – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in New York City.
  • 1963 – The submarine USS Thresher sank, killing 129 American sailors.
  • 1970 – The Beatles broke up as a band.
  • 2019 – Scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope project announced the first-ever image of a black hole, located in the center of the M87 galaxy.
  • If you were born on April 10th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… July 18th (prior year)

April 10 is…

Cinnamon Crescent Day
Encourage a Young Writer Day
Farm Animals Day
Siblings Day

April 10 Birthday Quotes

“What a newspaper needs in its news, in its headlines, and on its editorial page is terseness, humor, descriptive power, satire, originality, good literary style, clever condensation and accuracy, accuracy, accuracy.”
– Joseph Pulitzer

“Any great warrior is also a scholar, and a poet, and an artist.”
– Steven Seagal

“The reality is, some people don’t want you to change or go anywhere different.”
– Babyface

“Most Christians would like to send their recruits to Bible college for five years. I would like to send them to hell for five minutes. That would do more than anything else to prepare them for a lifetime of compassionate ministry.”
– William Booth

“Music is entertainment, but I would like to be able to inspire the audience in a way that makes them leave, saying, “Wow, I just left with something I didn’t have before going into this concert.” I hope that people can leave either a live show or listening to our band record with a sense of peace, where the music was a moment of escape.”
– Amanda Michalka

April 10 Birthdays

1794 – (Commodore) Matthew Perry, American naval officer (died in 1858)
1829 – William Booth, English minister, founded The Salvation Army (died in 1912)
1847 – Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-American journalist and publisher, founded Pulitzer, Inc. (died in 1911)
1915 – Harry Morgan, American actor (died in 2011)
1921 – Chuck Connors, American baseball player and actor (died in 1992)
1921 – Sheb Wooley, American singer-songwriter and actor (died in 2003)
1929 – Liz Sheridan, American character actress
1929 – Max von Sydow, Swedish-French actor (died in 2020)
1932 – Omar Sharif, Egyptian actor (died in 2015)
1936 – John Madden, American football player, coach, and sportscaster
1952 – Steven Seagal, American actor and martial artist
1954 – Peter MacNicol, American actor
1954 – Juan Williams, Panamanian-American journalist and author
1959 – Babyface, American singer-songwriter and producer
1959 – Brian Setzer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1968 – Orlando Jones, American comedic actor
1980 – Charlie Hunnam, English actor
1982 – Chyler Leigh, American actress
1984 – Mandy Moore, American singer-songwriter and actress
1987 – Shay Mitchell, Canadian actress
1988 – Haley Joel Osment, American actor
1991 – AJ Michalka, American actress and singer
1992 – Daisy Ridley, English actress
1995 – Ian Nelson, American actor

April 10 History

1710 – The Statute of Anne, the first law regulating copyright, was enacted in Great Britain.

1790 – The US Patent office was approved by George Washington.

1815 (Volcano Eruption) Mount Tambora (Year Without A Summer). The eruption lasted 3 months, killing 10,000 people directly and 80,000 more via disease and famine.

1849 – The first US Patent (#6,281) for a safety pin was issued to Walter Hunt of New York City.

1906 – O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi was published.

1916 – The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) was founded in New York City.

1925The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was first published.

April 10, 19** Birthday (fictional) Dinah Laurel Lance, Black Canary, DC Comics

1953The House of Wax, in 3-D and starring Vincent Price, opened at New York’s Paramount Theater.

1954 – #1 Hit April 10, 1954 – June 4, 1954: Perry Como – Wanted

1963 – USS Thresher, an atomic submarine, sank in the Atlantic Ocean, killing the entire crew of 129.

1965 – #1 Hit April 10, 1965 – April 23, 1965: Freddie and the Dreamers – I’m Telling You Now

1970 – Paul McCartney announced the breakup of the Beatles

1971 – The People’s Republic of China hosted the US table tennis team for a week-long visit.

1987 – The Secret of My Success was released in theaters.

1992 – Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, Sleepwalkers and The Player debuted in theaters.

1998 – City of Angels, Species II, and The Odd Couple II were released in theaters.

1999 – #1 Hit April 10, 1999 – May 7, 1999: TLC – No Scrubs

2009Parks and Recreation premiered on NBC

2009 – Hannah Montana The Movie and Dragonball Evolution debuted in theaters.

2010 – Matt Smith debuted as the eleventh Doctor on Doctor Who on BBC America

2014 – Kathleen Sebelius resigned as Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, after the faulty rollout of HealthCare.gov.

2015 – The Longest Ride and Ex Machina were released in theaters.

2016 – The price of US postage decreased for the first time (from 49 to 47 cents) in almost 100 years.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Useless Pronunciation: M as in mnemonic

“One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.” – Capt. Geoffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx) in Animal Crackers, 1930

“Oh… wait. I get it. Holy Bartender! Ha, ha, ha! ” – Jay

“Attica! Attica!” – Sonny Wortzik (Al Pacino) in Dog Day Afternoon, 1975

Maybe ghosts have sheets over them because they’re people who died thinking hiding under their sheets would save them.

Today a 10-year-old kid with a $100 smartphone has access to more info than any human being on Earth had access to before the 90s.

“Gee, Mrs. Cleaver!” – Eddie Haskell (Leave it to Beaver)

“God bless America, land that I love, Stand beside her, and guide her, Through the night with the light from a bulb” #misunderstoodlyrics

A group of Mosquitoes is called a Scourge.

One of the 7 Wonders of the Middle Ages: The Great Wall of China, constructed 220 BC, through 1600s AD

The biggest film of 1957: The Bridge on the River Kwai (Drama) earned ~ $33,000,000

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