January 1 Spain takes over the Presidency
of the Council of the European Union from Sweden.
January 1 A suicide bombing occurs at a volleyball game in northwestern
Pakistan, killing at least 95, and injuring over 100.
January 4 The tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa
in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is officially opened.
January 8 The Togo national football team is involved in an attack
in Angola, and as a result withdraws from the Africa Cup of Nations
January 12 A 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti, devastating
the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince. With a confirmed death toll over
230,000 it is one of the deadliest on record.
January 15 The longest annular solar eclipse of the 3rd millennium
January 25 Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes into the Mediterranean
Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport,
killing all 90 people on-board.
................ - Simon Cowell quit his
role as head judge on American Idol after nine seasons as he announced
he was to take The X Factor to the US.
................ - James Cameron's 3D epic Avatar overtook Titanic to
become the highest grossing film to date.
February 3 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.
February 1228 The 2010 Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver
and Whistler, Canada.
February 18 The President of Niger, Tandja Mamadou, is overthrown
after a group of soldiers storms the presidential palace and form a ruling
junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of ......................Democracy
headed by chef d'escadron Salou Djibo.
February 27 An 8.8-magnitude earthquake occurs in Chile, triggering
a tsunami over the Pacific and killing 497. The earthquake is one of the
largest in recorded history.
March 16 The Kasubi Tombs, Uganda's only
cultural World Heritage Site, are destroyed by fire.
March 23 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 estate of Michael Jackson agreed the biggest recording
deal in history, worth more than $200m (£126m) with Sony Music.
The deal was said to involve 10 album projects over ...................
seven years - including one of previously unreleased material.
April 7 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.
April 10 The President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, is among 96 killed
when their airplane crashes in western Russia.
April 13 A 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurs in Qinghai, China, killing
at least 2,000 and injuring more than 10,000.
April 14 Volcanic ash from one of several eruptions beneath Eyjafjallajökull,
an ice cap in Iceland, begins to disrupt air traffic across northern and
April 20 The Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes in the Gulf
of Mexico, killing eleven workers. The resulting 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.
April 27 Standard & Poor's downgrades Greece's sovereign credit
rating to junk four days after the activation of a €45-billion EUIMF
bailout, triggering the decline of stock markets worldwide .................and
of the Euro's value, and furthering a European sovereign debt crisis.
May 2 The Eurozone and the International
Monetary Fund agree to a €110 billion bailout package for Greece.
The package involves sharp Greek austerity measures.
May 4 Nude, Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso sells in New
York for US$106.5 million, setting another new world record for a work
of art sold at auction.
May 7 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.
May 12 Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 crashes at runway at Tripoli
International Airport in Libya, killing 103 of the 104 people on board.
May 19 Protests in Bangkok, Thailand ends with a bloody military
crackdown, killing 91 and more than 2,100 injured.
May 20 Scientists announce that they have created a functional
May 20 Five paintings worth €100 million are stolen from the
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
May 22 Air India Express Flight 812 overshoots the runway at Mangalore
International Airport in India, killing 158 and leaving 8 survivors.
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.
June 9 Ethnic riots in Kyrgyzstan between
Kyrgyz and Uzbeks results in the deaths of hundreds.
June 11 July 11 The 2010 FIFA World Cup is held in South
Africa, and is won by Spain.
July 1 Belgium takes over the Presidency
of the Council of the European Union from Spain.
July 8 The first 24-hour flight by a solar powered plane is completed
by the Solar Impulse.
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.
July 29 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
August 10 The World Health Organization
declares the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, saying worldwide flu activity
has returned to typical seasonal patterns.
September 28 Seven people are reported to
have been killed and around 100 are missing after a landslide in Oaxaca,
October 10 The Netherlands Antilles are
dissolved, with the islands being split up and given a new constitutional
October 13 Thirty-three miners near Copiapó, Chile, trapped
700 metres underground in a mining accident in San José Mine, are
brought back to the surface after surviving for a record 69 days.
October 22 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).
October 23 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
October 25 An earthquake and consequent tsunami off the coast of
Sumatra, Indonesia, kills over 400 people and leave hundreds missing.
October 26 ongoing Repeated eruptions of Mount Merapi in
Central Java, Indonesia, have killed at least 240 people and forced hundreds
of thousands of residents to evacuate.
November 4 Aero Caribbean Flight 883 crashes
in central Cuba, killing all 68 people on board.
November 1112 The G-20 summit is held in Seoul, South Korea.
Korea becomes the first non-G8 nation to host a G-20 leaders summit.
November 13 Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi is released
from her house arrest.
November 17 Researchers at CERN trap 38 antihydrogen atoms for
a sixth of a second, marking the first time in history that humans have
November 20 Participants of the 2010 NATO Lisbon summit issued
the Lisbon Summit Declaration.
November 21 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.
November 22 A stampede during Bon Om Thook (Khmer Water Festival)
celebrations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, kills 347.
November 23 North Korea shells Yeonpyeong Island, prompting a military
response by South Korea. The incident caused an escalation of tension
on the Korean Peninsula and prompted .........................widespread
international condemnation. The United Nations declared it to be one of
the most serious incidents since the end of the Korean War.
November 28 WikiLeaks releases a collection of more than 250,000
American diplomatic cables, including 100,000 marked "secret"
November 29 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.
November 29 December 10 The 2010 United Nations Climate
Change Conference is held in Cancún, Mexico. Also referred to as
the 16th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations .........................Framework
Convention on Climate Change (COP 16), it served too as the 6th meeting
of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 6).
December 2 NASA announces the discovery
of a new arsenic-based life form in California.
December 21 The first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of
the northern winter solstice/southern summer solstice since 1638, takes