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Millennium: 3rd millennium
Centuries: 20th century21st century22nd century
Decades: 1980s  1990s  2000s  – 2010s –  2020s  2030s  2040s
Years: 2007 2008 200920102011 2012 2013

2010 (MMX) was a common year starting on Friday in the Gregorian calendar. It was also the 1st year of the 2010s.

The United Nations designated 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity and International Year of Youth.


There are many debates over how the years are spoken. The year 2010 can be spoken as "twenty-ten" or "two thousand (and) ten".



Haitian national palace earthquake
The National Palace, one of many buildings heavily damaged in the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Casa Pelluhue tras terremoto 2010
Damage from the earthquake in Chile.




  • April 3 – The African Renaissance Monument opens in Dakar, to mark 50 years of Senegal's independence.
  • April 7 – Amidst fierce rioting in Kyrgyzstan, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev flees the capital city, Bishkek by plane to the southern city of Osh; the opposition seizes control of the government, and places former foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva as head of an interim government. She later becomes President on July 3.
  • April 10Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria are among 96 people killed when their plane crashes in thick fog near Smolensk in western Russia.
  • April 14 – A 6.9 magnitude Earthquake strikes Qinghai province in China, killing more than 1000 people.
  • April 14 – A volcanic eruption occurs near a glacier (Eyjafjallajokull) in southern Iceland, leading to flooding in the nearby area. The cloud of volcanic ash from the eruption causes air traffic all over Northern and Western Europe to be shut down.
  • April 20 – General Reynaldo Bignone, former military ruler of Argentina is sentenced to 25 years in prison, for ordering torture during the military dictatorship.
  • April 20Deepwater Horizon oil spill: An explosion occurs on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Platform in the Gulf of Mexico, near Louisiana. 11 oil workers are killed, and an oil spill is caused, leading to an environmental disaster.
  • April 27Panama's former military leader Manuel Noriega is handed over to France by the US.
  • April 27Greece's sovereign credit rating is downgraded to junk, four days after its government asked for help in resolving its Financial Crisis. Stockmarkets around the world drop.


Thai Type 85 APCs during 2010 Thai political protests
Tank in preparation to assault Red Shirt barricade on May 19.



Damaged bridge from flooding in Pakistan, 2010
Damaged bridge in Pakistan floods
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View from above of toxic sludge damage in Hungary.






2010 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 2010
Ab urbe condita 2763
Armenian calendar 1459
Assyrian calendar 6760
Bahá'í calendar 166–167
Bengali calendar 1417
Berber calendar 2960
British Regnal year 58 Eliz. 2 – 59 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar 2554
Burmese calendar 1372
Byzantine calendar 7518–7519
Chinese calendar 己丑年十一月十七日
— to —
Coptic calendar 1726–1727
Ethiopian calendar 2002–2003
Hebrew calendar 5770–5771
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2066–2067
 - Shaka Samvat 1932–1933
 - Kali Yuga 5111–5112
Holocene calendar 12010
Iranian calendar 1388–1389
Islamic calendar 1431–1432
Japanese calendar Heisei 22
Korean calendar 4343
Minguo calendar ROC 99
Thai solar calendar 2553
Unix time 1262304000–1293839999


Nobel Prizes

Major holidays

In fiction


  • 2010 (1984)
  • Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space (2002)
  • Absolon (2003)
  • Banlieue 13 (2004)
  • District 9 (2009)


  • Stand on Zanzibar (1968) by John Brunner
  • 2010: Odyssey Two (1982) by Arthur C. Clarke.
  • Tracy Hickman, The Immortals (1996)
  • The Mayflower Project (2001) by K.A. Applegate.
  • In the Presence of Mine Enemies (2003) by Harry Turtledove.


  • Knight Rider 2010 (1994 TV movie)
  • Maico 2010 (1998)
  • The Simpsons episode "Lisa's Wedding", from the 6th season, takes place in 2010.
  • A Stargate SG-1 episode called "2010" took place in that year. (2001)
  • Code Geass The event of Britannia's invasion of Japan happens on August 10, 2010.

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