2010 events in history

Jan 1 A suicide car bomber detonates at a volleyball tournament in Lakki Marwat, Pakistan, killing 105 and injuring 100 more
Jan 4 Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, is officially opened
Jan 7 Muslim gunmen in Egypt open fire on a crowd of Coptic Christians, killing eight of them and one Muslim bystander
Jan 8 Gunmen from an offshoot the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda attacked the bus carrying the Togo national football team on its way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, killing three
Jan 12 The 2010 Haiti earthquake occurs killing an estimated 316,000 and destroying the majority of the capital Port-au-Prince
Jan 14 Yemen declares an open war against the terrorist group al-Qaeda
Jan 17 Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, resulting in at least 200 deaths
Jan 18 Big Time Rush premiered on Nickelodeon
Jan 27 The 2009 Honduran constitutional crisis ends when Porfirio Lobo Sosa becomes the new President of Honduras
Jan 28 Five murderers of President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh are hanged
Jan 31 Avatar becomes the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide
Feb 8 A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan triggers a series of at least 36 avalanches, burying over two miles of road, killing at least 172 people and trapping over 2,000 travelers
Feb 13 A bomb explodes in the city of Pune, Maharashtra, India, killing 17 and injuring 60 more
Feb 20 In Madeira Island, Portugal, heavy rain causes floods and mudslides, resulting in at least 43 deaths, in the worst disaster in the history of the archipelago
Feb 23 Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million liters of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, sparking an environmental disaster
Feb 27 An earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale strikes central parts of Chile leaving over 500 victims, and thousands injured. The quake triggered a tsunami which struck Hawaii shortly after
Mar 11 Economist and businessman Sebastián Piñera is sworn in as President of Chile, while three earthquakes, the strongest measuring magnitude 6.9 and all centered next to Pichilemu, capital of Cardenal Caro Province, hit central Chile during the ceremony
Mar 26 The ROKS Cheonan sinks off the west coast of South Korea near Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea, killing 46 seamen
Mar 29 Two female suicide bombers hit the Moscow Metro system at the peak of the morning rush hour, killing 40
Apr 5 Twenty-nine coal miners are killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia
Apr 6 Maoist rebels kill 76 CRPF officers in Dantewada district, India
Apr 10 Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing 96 people, including Polish President Lech Kaczyński and dozens of other senior officials
Apr 12 A train derails near Merano, Italy, after running into a landslide, causing nine deaths and injuring 28 people
Apr 14 Nearly 2,700 are killed in a magnitude 6.9 earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai, China
Apr 20 The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that would last six months
Apr 21 The controversial Kharkiv Pact (Russian Ukrainian Naval Base for Gas Treaty) is signed in Kharkiv, Ukraine, by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russian President Dimitry Medvedev; it will be unilaterally terminated by Russia on March 31, 2014
May 5 Mass protests in Greece erupt in response to austerity measures imposed by the government as a result of the Greek debt crisis
May 11 David Cameron becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom following talks between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to form the UK's first coalition government since World War II after elections produced a hung parliament
May 15 Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo
May 19 The Royal Thai Armed Forces concludes its crackdown on protests by forcing the surrender of United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship leaders
May 21 JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, launches the solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS aboard an H-IIA rocket. The vessel would make a Venus flyby late in the year
May 22 An Air India Express Boeing 737 goes over a cliff and crashes upon landing at Mangalore, India, killing 158 of the 166 people on board. It is the worst crash involving a Boeing 737
May 23 Jamaican police begin a manhunt for drug lord Christopher Coke, after the United States requested his extradition, leading to three days of violence during which at least 73 bystanders are killed
May 28 In West Bengal, India, a train derailment and subsequent collision kills 141 passengers
May 31 In international waters, armed Shayetet 13 commandos, intending to force the flotilla to anchor at the Ashdod port, boarded ships trying to break the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip, resulting in nine civilian deaths
Jun 4 Falcon 9 Flight 1 is the maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40
Jun 13 A capsule of the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa, containing particles of the asteroid 25143 Itokawa, returns to Earth
Jun 16 Bhutan becomes the first country to institute a total ban on tobacco
Jun 19 The Wedding of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and Daniel Westling was held at Storkyrkan in Stockholm
Jun 24 Julia Gillard assumed office as the first female Prime Minister of Australia
Jun 24 John Isner of the United States defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon, in the longest match in professional tennis history
Jun 26 Ahmed Mohamed Mohamoud elected as President of Somaliland
Jul 25 WikiLeaks publishes classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history
Aug 3 Widespread rioting erupts in Karachi, Pakistan, after the assassination of a local politician, leaving at least 85 dead and at least 17 billion Pakistani rupees (US$200 million) in damage
Aug 5 The Copiapó mining accident occurs, trapping 33 Chilean miners approximately 2,300 ft (700 m) below the ground
Aug 5 Ten members of International Assistance Mission Nuristan Eye Camp team are killed by persons unknown in Kuran wa Munjan District of Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan
Aug 8 2010 China floods: A mudslide in Zhugqu County, Gansu, China, kills more than 1,400 people
Aug 13 The MV Sun Sea docks in CFB Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada, carrying 492 Sri Lankan Tamils
Aug 14 The first-ever Youth Olympic Games are held in Singapore
Aug 16 China overtakes Japan as world's second-largest economy