27 fun facts for April, 10

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
April 10th is a day of many accomplishments, celebrations, and innovations throughout history. Notable events include the patent of the safety pin, the sailing of RMS Titanic, the founding of the ASPCA, and the start of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.
27 Fun facts
  1. On April 10th, 1849, Walter Hunt patented the safety pin. He sold his rights to the design for $400 to pay off a debt, rather than apply for a patent himself.
  2. The UK held its first national lottery ticket draw on April 10, 1994. The jackpot was worth £5.8 million at the time. National Lottery games have been operating in the UK ever since, raising over £30 billion for good causes.
  3. On April 10th, 1912, the RMS Titanic set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City. Tragically, the ship struck an iceberg and sank just days later, on April 15th, 1912.
  4. April 10th is National Siblings Day in the United States, a day dedicated to celebrating the bond between brothers and sisters.
  5. The first Earth Day Proclamation was issued by San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto on April 10, 1970.
  6. The world's first human heart transplant recipient, Louis Washkansky, was born on April 10, 1913, in Lithuania.
  7. On April 10, 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in New York City by philanthropist and diplomat Henry Bergh.
  8. The first professional golf tournament ever was held on April 10, 1916, in the United States.
  9. American singer-songwriter, actor, and former teen idol Paul Anka recorded his first single, "I Confess," on April 10, 1956.
  10. In 1998, on April 10th, the Good Friday Agreement was signed in Northern Ireland. This major political development marked significant progress towards ending the sectarian violence that had plagued the region for decades.
  11. On April 10th, 837, the famous Halley's Comet appeared at its closest approach to Earth at only 3.2 million miles away.
  12. American jazz legend Duke Ellington recorded his famous song "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" on April 10, 1932.
  13. On April 10th, 1872, Arbor Day was observed for the first time in Nebraska, celebrating and promoting the importance of planting trees.
  14. The first indoor ice hockey game took place on April 10, 1876, at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  15. On April 10, 1990, American singer and songwriter Kenny Loggins received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  16. In 1815, Mount Tambora, a volcanic mountain in Indonesia, began its most notorious eruption on April 10th. The massive eruption changed global climate patterns for years to come.
  17. On April 10, 1991, Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, only the third opera singer to receive the honor.
  18. The classic American 1950s sitcom "I Love Lucy" aired its final episode on April 10, 1957.
  19. On April 10, 1940, Norwegian teacher, children's writer, and World War II heroine, Anne-Cath Vestly, published her first book, "Ole Aleksander Filibom-bom-bom."
  20. The first performance of Handel's oratorio "Messiah" in the United States took place on April 10, 1770.
  21. On April 10, 2009, Zimbabwe officially adopted the US dollar as its de facto currency, due to hyperinflation.
  22. Irish aviation firm, Ryanair, started its first flight on April 10, 1985. The flight traveled between London's Gatwick Airport and Waterford in southeast Ireland.
  23. On April 10, 1996, the National Hockey League's Winnipeg Jets played their final game before relocating to Phoenix, Arizona.
  24. The first major league baseball game to be played indoors occurred on April 10, 1965, in the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
  25. On April 10, 1989, the World Health Organization declared a global campaign to eradicate polio.
  26. The world-famous Szechuan-Tibetan tea known as "Kambaa" was established on April 10, 2016.
  27. On April 10, 1971, the United States table tennis team arrived in China, starting what would be known as "ping-pong diplomacy" between the two countries.