On this day
The Great Chicago Fire came to an end.
In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire was finally extinguished after three days of burning the city down. Approximately 300 people died, 100,000 were left homeless, and more were injured.
Fiji was claimed by the British.
In 1874, Fiji officially became a British possession. It remained under British rule for 96 years – they really waited a long time to break free and gain independence.
The bicycle frame was patented.
In 1899, the bicycle frame was patented by African-American inventor Isaac R. Johnson. Without Johnson, we wouldn’t have been able to enjoy all those long bike rides as kids – and it’d be a lot tougher for people to get to and from work, too!
Special Days Falling on October 10thFor countries around the world, October 10th is one of the most important days of the year. It seems to be a pretty important day for independence, and here’s why!
Cuba Independence Day
October 10th is indeed Cuba’s Independence Day! This national holiday commemorates the country’s strive for independence, which was long and difficult. The country officially gained its independence in 1902 and has remained a free state ever since. So, you can see why today is such an important date for the people of the nation – why not look back on some of its history?
October 10th is also Curaçao Day! The day honors the anniversary of the island becoming a nation within the Dutch Kingdom. The island, which is located in the Southern Caribbean Sea, deals with its own affairs as an autonomous nation, with the Kingdom having rule only over specific things (such as defense, for example). And, today is the perfect day to celebrate that autonomy!
Another day to celebrate autonomy – October 10th happens to also be a very important day for the island of Fiji! The Republic of Fiji is located in the South Pacific Ocean and is known for its stunning archipelago full of white sandy beaches and a wonderful tropical climate. Today, the nation celebrates its unique culture, history, and customs. There are festivities all over the islands, and Australia and New Zealand tend to participate, too!