Today in History - April 10

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Saturday, Apr 10 2010 by

1858 – The original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonne bell for the Palace of Westminster is cast in Stockton-on-Tees by Warner’s of Cripplegate. This however cracked during testing and was recasted into the 13.76 tonne bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry and is still in use to date.

Big Ben (StreetView)
Big Ben

1815 – The Mount Tambora volcano begins its peak eruption period that lasts until July 15.

Tambora Volcano (Google Maps)
Tambora Volcano