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2010 (Roman Numerals: MMX) was the 10th year of the 21st century. 2010 was not a leap year, and the first day of the year was a Friday.

On this page, we have listed some of the major historical, news and sporting events that took place in 2010.
News Events of 2010

Haiti hit by major earthquake.

Ash from a volcano in Iceland closes European airspace for several days, causing travel chaos.

Violent riots in Greece, after government announces austerity program.

Apple introduces the iPad.

Apple iPad

Election in Britain results in a "hung parliament" (no party having a majority). Liberal Democrats and Conservatives form a coalition government. David Cameroon of the Conservatives becomes Prime Minister.

Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, causing a major oil spill.

Solar Impulse is first solar-powered aircraft to make a 24-hour flight.

33 miners are trapped 700 metres underground in Chile, but are rescued alive after 69 days.

Two female suicide bombers attack the Moscow Metro subway system, killing 40.

The Burj Khalifa, the tallest manmade structure in the world (2,722 feet - 829.8 meters) opens in Dubai.

Burj Khalifa

Avatar is the first movie to gross over $2 billion.

Bhutan is the first country in the world to completely ban tobacco.

Sports in 2010
  • Olympic Games:

    • 2010 Winter Olympics (XXI Olympic Winter Games): Vancouver, Canada

    • 2010 Summer Youth Olympic Games (I Summer Youth Olympic Games): Singapore

  • American Football:

    2010 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLIV):

    • Winning Team: New Orleans Saints

    • Losing Team: Indianapolis Colts

  • Baseball:

    2010 World Series

    • Winning Team: San Francisco Giants

    • Losing Team: Texas Rangers

  • Soccer:

    2010 FIFA World Cup:

    • Host Nation for World Cup Finals: for World Cup Finals: South Africa

    • Winners: Spain

    • Runners-Up: Holland

    • First World Cup Finals held in Africa.

    2010 Champions League:

    • Winners: Internazionale

    • Runners-Up: Bayern Munich

2010 Was Designated As
  • International Year of Biodiversity

  • International Year of Youth

  • 2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion

Fiction set in 2010
  • The science-fiction film 2010: The Year We Make Contact, as is the Arthur C. Clarke novel 2010: Odyssey Two upon which the film is based.

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