First Quarter 2010

This will include events of January 2010, February 2010, and March 2010.

  • January 2010
  • February 2010
  • March 2010
   

January 2010

January 12: Damaged buildings in Jacmel as a result of the Haiti earthquakeJanuary 3 – The United States and the United Kingdom close their embassies in Yemen due to the ongoing security threat by Al-Qaeda. January 4 – The tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is officially opened.[2][3][4] January 8 – The Togo national football team is involved in an attack in Cabinda Province, Angola, and as a result withdraws from the Africa Cup of Nations. The attack was perpetrated by the FLEC, their first since the Angolan Civil War.[5] January 12 – A 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti, devastating the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince. With a confirmed death toll over 316,000,[6][7][8] it is the seventh deadliest on record. January 15 The longest annular solar eclipse of the 3rd millennium occurs.[citation needed] The Chadian Civil War (2005–10) officially ends[citation needed] January 25 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes into the Mediterranean shortly after take-off from Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people on board.

February 2010

February 3 – The sculpture L'Homme qui marche I by Alberto Giacometti sells in London for £65 million (US$103.7 million), setting a new world record for a work of art sold at auction.[9][10] February 12 – February 28 – The 2010 Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada. February 18 – The President of Niger, Mamadou Tandja, is overthrown after a group of soldiers storms the presidential palace[11] and form a ruling junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy headed by chef d'escadron Salou Djibo.[12] February 27 – An 8.8-magnitude earthquake occurs in Chile, triggering a tsunami over the Pacific and killing at least 525.[13] The earthquake is one of the largest in recorded history.

March 2010

March 16 – The Kasubi Tombs, Uganda's only cultural World Heritage Site, are destroyed by fire.[14] March 26 – The ROKS Cheonan, a South Korean Navy ship carrying 104 personnel, sinks off the country's west coast, killing 46. In May, an independent investigation blames North Korea, which denies the allegations.[15][16] Volcano plume from Mount Eyjafjallajökull April 17, 2010.

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