September 10: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, September 10, 1897, a London taxi driver became the first person to ever be fined for drunk driving?

September 10th is Suicide Prevention Day and Swap Ideas Day.

Today marks the 253rd day of the year. We now have only 112 days left until the end of the year.

This day has had its fair share of difficulties in history, but it’s also been a great day for music and TV. Find out what important events happened on September 10 throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1897, a London taxi driver became the first person to ever be fined for drunk driving? Taxi driver George Smith had swerved across the street into a building and was taken to the police by onlookers.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about September 10th in history!

What Events Happened On September 10 In History?

2019 Margaret Atwood published “The Testaments,” a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which she released 15 years prior.

2015 Archaeologists and scientists discovered a new human-like species inside caves in South Africa.

The species named Homo Naledi closely resemble modern-day humans and are thought to live in Africa three million years ago.


2007 The CERN Large Hadron Collider was powered up for the first time.

The Large Hadron Collider, built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), is the world's largest and most sophisticated high-energy particle collider. It wasn't tested for another fourteen months due to damage it sustained while powering up.

1999 Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt, premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.

OTD in 1999: Fight Club

It was officially released in the US on October 15, 1999, and reached $100.8 million at the box office.

1993 The pilot episode of the science-fiction series “The X-Files” aired on FOX in the US & Canada.

1991 Nirvana released their lead single, “Smells like Teen Spirit,” which is often dubbed the “anthem for apathetic kids” of Generation X.

1945 Mike the Headless Chicken lost his head.

A farmer axed his head off in Colorado on this day but missed an important vein and the brain stem in order. Because of this, Mike lived for another 18 months before dying.

1940 Buckingham Palace, London, was blasted during The Blitz mass air bombings by Germany.

OTD in 1940: Buckingham Palace

1897 George Smith, a London taxi driver, became the first person ever to be fined for drunk driving.

1858 George Mary Searle discovered the asteroid 55 Pandora.

1846 Inventor Elias Howe was awarded the patent for the lockstitch sewing machine.

OTD in 1846: Inventor Elias Howe was awarded the patent for the lockstitch sewing machine.

1785 The Treaty of Amity and Commerce was signed between the Kingdom of Prussia and the United States of America.

It was the first treaty signed by a European power with the United States since the American Revolutionary War.

1509 An earthquake known as “The Lesser Judgment Day” hit Constantinople.

The earthquake was followed by a tsunami and forty-five days of aftershocks. It's estimated that 1,000 to 13,000 people died.

Famous People Born On September 10

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Colin Firth? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1996 Jack Gilinsky

American Singer

Jack Gilinsky
26 years old
Born In:
Nebraska, USA
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1960 Colin Firth

English Actor

Colin Firth
62 years old
Born In:
England, UK

1968 Big Daddy Kane

American Rapper

Big Daddy Kane
54 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1995 Shak Ghacha

French-Algerian Actor

Shak Ghacha
27 years old
Born In:
Florida, USA

Special Holidays On September 10

If you’re looking for something to do today, maybe these special holidays might just help to cure your boredom!

September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

Almost one million people worldwide take their own lives every year. Even more tragic is the fact that many of these deaths are preventable. Take part today by keeping an eye out for anyone who appears to be struggling and give them a shoulder to lean on.

September 10: National Swap Ideas Day

National Swap Ideas Day

It's time to pick each other's brains for ideas and collaborate! National Swap Ideas day encourages all types of information exchange, whether it's swapping lasagna recipes or ways to groom your dog. So why not swap some ideas today; you never know what you'll learn!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

Long ago, people chewed on tree bark as a method of pain relief. Willow bark has a high amount of salicylic acid, an ingredient still used in aspirin today.

September 10 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

Those of you who were born on this day share the Virgo zodiac sign.

Virgos tend to deal with information similar to a computer; they can quickly process information and organize it into something easily understandable for themselves and others.

Sapphire is the birthstone that is allocated to anybody born during September. Not only is this rich blue gem the September birthstone, but Sapphire is also the traditional gift for a 45th wedding anniversary.

If you were born on this day, you would likely have been conceived on or around December 18th of the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on September 10th, 2023, will likely be due next year around June 3rd.

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