A suicide bombing occurs at a volleyball game in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 95, and injuring over 100.
The tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is officially opened.
The Togo national football team is involved in an attack in Angola, and as a result withdraws from the Africa Cup of Nations.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti, devastating the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince. With a confirmed death toll over 230,000 it is one of the deadliest on record.
The longest annular solar eclipse of the 3rd millennium occurs.
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport, killing all 90 people on-board.
The 2010 Winter Olympics are held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada.
The President of Niger, Tandja Mamadou, is overthrown after a group of soldiers storms the presidential palace and form a ruling junta, the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy headed by chef d’escadron Salou Djibo.
An 8.8-magnitude earthquake occurs in Chile, triggering a tsunami over the Pacific and killing 497. The earthquake is one of the largest in recorded history.
The Kasubi Tombs, Uganda’s only cultural World Heritage Site, are destroyed by fire.
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.
The President of Poland, Lech Kaczyński, is among 96 killed when their airplane crashes in western Russia.
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake occurs in Qinghai, China, killing at least 2,000 and injuring more than 10,000.
Volcanic ash from one of several eruptions beneath Eyjafjallajökull (try to say that three times in a row), an ice cap in Iceland, begins to disrupt air traffic across northern and western Europe.
The Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers. The resulting oil spill, one of the largest in history, spreads for several months, damaging the waters and the United States coastline, and prompting international debate and doubt about the practice and procedures of offshore drilling.
Scientists conducting the Neanderthal genome project announce that they have sequenced enough of the Neanderthal genome to suggest that Neanderthals and humans may have interbred.
Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 crashes at runway at Tripoli International Airport in Libya, killing 103 of the 104 people on board.
Protests in Bangkok, Thailand ends with a bloody military crackdown, killing 91 and more than 2,100 injured.
Scientists announce that they have created a functional synthetic genome.
Air India Express Flight 812 overshoots the runway at Mangalore International Airport in India, killing 158 and leaving 8 survivors.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 is held at Telenor Arena, Bærum, Norway.
Nine activists are killed in a clash with soldiers when Israeli Navy forces raid and capture a flotilla of ships attempting to break the Gaza blockade.
June 11 – July 11:
The 2010 FIFA World Cup is held in South Africa, and is won by Spain.
The first 24-hour flight by a solar powered plane is completed by the Solar Impulse.
Wikileaks, an online publisher of anonymous, covert, and classified material, leaks to the public over 90,000 internal reports about the United States-led involvement in the War in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.
Heavy monsoon rains begin to cause widespread flooding in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Over 1,600 are killed, and more than one million are displaced by the floods.
The World Health Organization declares the H1N1 influenza pandemic over, saying worldwide flu activity has returned to typical seasonal patterns.
Seven people are reported to have been killed and around 100 are missing after a landslide in Oaxaca, Mexico.
The Netherlands Antilles are dissolved, with the islands being split up and given a new constitutional status.
Thirty-three miners near Copiapó, Chile, trapped 700 metres underground in a mining accident in San José Mine, are brought back to the surface after surviving for a record 69 days.
The International Space Station surpasses the record for the longest continuous human occupation of space, having been continuously inhabited since November 2, 2000 (3641 days).
An earthquake and consequent tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, kills over 400 people and leave hundreds missing.
October 26 – ongoing:
Repeated eruptions of Mount Merapi in Central Java, Indonesia, have killed at least 240 people and forced hundreds of thousands of residents to evacuate.
Aero Caribbean Flight 883 crashes in central Cuba, killing all 68 people on board.
Burmese opposition politician Aung San Suu Kyi is released from her house arrest.
Researchers at CERN trap 38 antihydrogen atoms for a sixth of a second, marking the first time in history that humans have trapped antimatter.
A stampede during Bon Om Thook (Khmer Water Festival) celebrations in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, kills 347.
North Korea shells Yeonpyeong Island, prompting a military response by South Korea. The incident caused an escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula and prompted widespread international condemnation. The United Nations declared it to be one of the most serious incidents since the end of the Korean War.
WikiLeaks releases a collection of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables, including 100,000 marked “secret” or “confidential”.
NASA announces the discovery of a new arsenic-based life form in California.
Two bombs go off in Stockholm, Sweden. The first suicide bombing in Scandinavia. Only the bomber is killed.
The first total lunar eclipse to occur on the day of the northern winter solstice/southern summer solstice since 1638, takes place.
President Barack Obama signs the repeal of Don´t Ask Don´t Tell into law.