April 10 events in history

428 Nestorius becomes Patriarch of Constantinople
837 Halley's Comet makes its closest approach to Earth at a distance equal to 0.0342 AU (5.1 million kilometres/3.2 million miles)
879 Louis III and Carloman II become joint Kings of the Western Franks
1407 The lama Deshin Shekpa visits the Ming Dynasty capital at Nanjing. He is awarded the title "Great Treasure Prince of Dharma"
1500 Ludovico Sforza is captured by Swiss troops at Novara and is handed over to the French
1606 The Virginia Company of London is established by royal charter by James I of England with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America
1710 The Statute of Anne, the first law regulating copyright, comes into force in Great Britain
1741 War of the Austrian Succession: Prussia defeats Austria at the Battle of Mollwitz
1809 Napoleonic Wars: The War of the Fifth Coalition begins when forces of the Austrian Empire invade Bavaria
1815 The Mount Tambora volcano begins a three-month-long eruption, lasting until July 15. The eruption ultimately kills 71,000 people and affects Earth's climate for the next two years
1816 The Federal government of the United States approves the creation of the Second Bank of the United States
1821 Patriarch Gregory V of Constantinople is hanged by the Ottoman government from the main gate of the Patriarchate and his body is thrown into the Bosphorus
1826 The 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town of Missolonghi begin leaving the town after a year's siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive
1856 The Theta Chi fraternity is founded at Norwich University in Vermont
1858 After the original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonnes (32,000 lb) bell for the Palace of Westminster had cracked during testing, it is recast into the current 13.76 tonnes (30,300 lb) bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry
1864 Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg is proclaimed emperor of Mexico during the French intervention in Mexico
1865 American Civil War: A day after his surrender to Union forces, Confederate General Robert E. Lee addresses his troops for the last time
1866 The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by Henry Bergh
1868 At Arogee in Abyssinia, British and Indian forces defeat an army of Emperor Tewodros II. While 700 Ethiopians are killed and many more injured, only two British/Indian troops die
1872 The first Arbor Day is celebrated in Nebraska
1887 On Easter Sunday, Pope Leo XIII authorizes the establishment of The Catholic University of America
1904 British mystic Aleister Crowley transcribes the third and final chapter of The Book of the Law
1912 RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England on her maiden and only voyage
1916 The Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) is created in New York City
1919 Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos
1925 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published in New York City, by Charles Scribner's Sons
1941 World War II: The Axis powers in Europe establish the Independent State of Croatia from occupied Yugoslavia with Ante Pavelić's Ustaše fascist insurgents in power
1944 Rudolf Vrba and Alfréd Wetzler escape from the Birkenau death camp
1953 Warner Bros. premieres the first 3-D film from a major American studio, entitled House of Wax
1957 The Suez Canal is reopened for all shipping after being closed for three months
1959 Akihito, future Emperor of Japan, marries Michiko
1963 One hundred twenty-nine American sailors die when the submarine USS Thresher sinks at sea
1968 New Zealand inter-island ferry TEV Wahine founders and sinks at the mouth of Wellington Harbour
1970 Paul McCartney announces that he is leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons
1971 Ping-pong diplomacy: In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People's Republic of China hosts the U.S. table tennis team for a week-long visit
1972 Twenty days after he is kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is murdered by communist guerrillas
1972 Tombs containing bamboo slips, among them Sun Tzu's Art of War and Sun Bin's lost military treatise, are accidentally discovered by construction workers in Shandong
1972 Vietnam War: For the first time since November 1967, American B-52 bombers reportedly begin bombing North Vietnam
1972 Seventy-four nations sign the Biological Weapons Convention, the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the production of biological weapons
1973 A British Vickers Vanguard turboprop aircraft crashes in a snowstorm at Basel, Switzerland killing 104 people
1979 Red River Valley tornado outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people
1988 The Ojhri Camp disaster: Killing more than 1,000 people in Rawalpindi and Islamabad as a result of rockets and other munitions expelled by the blast
1991 Italian ferry MS Moby Prince collides with an oil tanker in dense fog off Livorno, Italy killing 140
1991 A rare tropical storm develops in the South Atlantic Ocean near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites
1998 Northern Ireland peace deal reached (Good Friday Agreement)
2009 President of Fiji Ratu Josefa Iloilo announces he will suspend the constitution and assume all governance in the country, creating a constitutional crisis
2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154M crashes near Smolensk, Russia, killing 96 people, including Polish President Lech Kaczyński and dozens of other senior officials
2014 Kathleen Sebelius resigns as Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, in light of fallout from the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov