The American nuclear submarine Thresher sank in the Atlantic Ocean on April 10, 1963, 220 miles east of Boston. 129 men total were lost from the ship.
The 100th day of 2023, with 265 to go, is Monday, April 10, as reported by UPI.
On this date in history:
- Merchant Robert Gray arrived in Boston Harbor in 1790 and made history by being the first American to complete a world tour. In September 1787, he left Boston and boarded a ship.
- Henry Bergh established the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in 1866.
- The Titanic set out on its tragic journey in 1912 from Southampton, England.
- The Professional Golfers Association of America was established in 1916.
- Emiliano Zapata, a prominent figure in the peasant and indigenous movements during the Mexican Revolution, was assassinated by government agents in Morelos in 1919.
- Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel The Great Gatsby was released.
- The Bataan Death March, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Americans and Filipinos, started in the Philippines in 1942. I’m an American, I’m glad to be an American, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s all there is, said Hoyt R. Haynie of El Dorado, Arkansas, who survived the 55-mile march but witnessed the deaths of several of his comrades.
- The American nuclear submarine Thresher sank 220 miles east of Boston in the Atlantic Ocean in 1963. 129 men total were lost from the ship. Investigations discovered that a plumbing failure caused the ship to sink.
- The US table tennis team entered China in 1971, breaking through the so-called Bamboo Curtain for the first time since the 1950s.
- Charlie Chaplin, a pioneer of cinema and comedy, received an honorary Academy Award in 1972 for his “incalculable” contribution to the film industry on his first trip to the United States in 20 years.
- At Leghorn, Italy, an oil tanker and an Italian ferry on its way to Sardinia crashed in 1991, leaving 151 ferry passengers and crew members dead. The crew of the tanker lived.
- An agreement regarding the future of Northern Ireland was struck between Britain and Ireland in 1998, putting an end to the protracted and brutal conflict.
- Former prime minister Romano Prodi nearly defeated Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in 2006 in his attempt for reelection.
- Lech Kaczynski, the president of Poland, his wife Maria, and other high-ranking government officials were among the scores of people murdered in 2010 when their jet crashed while attempting to land in dense fog in western Russia.
- CBS announced in 2014 that Stephen Colbert would take over The Late Show from David Letterman when the latter retired in 2015.
- 106 people lost their lives and 400 were injured in a fireworks explosion at the Paravur Puttingal Devi Temple in Paravur, India, in 2016.
- A multinational group of researchers published the first image of a supermassive black hole in 2019.
- Imran Khan, the prime minister of Pakistan, was removed from office in 2022 after losing a motion of no confidence in the legislature. He was replaced by Nawaz Sharif.
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