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The Railroad Park opened in 2010

2010 was the 139th year after the founding of the City of Birmingham.






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  • February 14: Lutsandvo, an African elephant, was born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
  • Sorrel, a red panda, was born at the Binder Park Zoo near Battle Creek, Michigan.






See also List of Birmingham homicides in 2010 and List of homicides in 2010




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In 2010, the tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was officially opened. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, killing over 230,000. Apple released the iPad. The 2010 Winter Olympics were held in and around Vancouver, Canada. Volcanic ash from Iceland disrupted air traffic across northern and western Europe. The Horizon oil spill, one of the largest in history, occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. Thirty-three miners in Chile were returned to the surface after surviving underground for a record 69 days. Wikileaks released a collection of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables.

The top-grossing films in 2010 included Toy Story 3, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. The Academy Award for Best Picture went to The King's Speech, as did Best Directory (Tom Hooper), and Best Actor (Colin Firth). Best Actress went to Natalie Portman (Black Swan).

Top pop music hits in 2010 included "Tik Tok" by Kesha, "Rude Boy" by Rihanna, "California Gurls" by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg, "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, and "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars. The Grammy Award for Record of the Year went to "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum, Album of the Year to The Suburbs by Arcade Fire, Song of the Year to "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum, and Best New Artist to Esperanza Spalding.

Notable deaths in 2011 included author J. D. Salinger, actor Peter Graves, artist Frank Frazetta, actress Patricia Neal, politician Ted Stevens, entertainer Eddie Fisher, actor Tony Curtis, television producer Stephen J. Cannell, actor Leslie Nielsen, director Blake Edwards, and singer Teena Marie.

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