Events in History on May 10

  • 1267 Vienna's church orders all Jews to wear a distinctive garb
  • 1278 Jews of England imprisoned on charges of coining
  • 1291 Scottish nobles recognize authority of English king Edward I
  • 1427 Jews are expelled from Berne Switzerland

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1497 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World (disputed)

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1503 Columbus discovers Cayman Islands

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1525 Church reformer John Pistorius caught in the Hague

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1534 French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Newfoundland

French Explorer Jacques Cartier
French Explorer
Jacques Cartier
  • 1559 Scottish Protestants under John Knox uprise against queen mother Mary
  • 1570 Tsar Ivan IV becomes Protestant
  • 1624 Dutch admirals Jacob Willekens & Piet Heyn conquer Salvador da Bahia (Brazil)
  • 1652 John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Virginia
  • 1655 Jamaica captured by English
  • 1676 Bacon's Rebellion begins, frontiersmen vs Virginia government
  • 1768 John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for "The North Briton" severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.
  • 1774 Louis XVI ascends to throne of France
  • 1775 Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time

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1775 Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia names George Washington, supreme commander

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1775 American Revolution: Green Mountain Boys capture Fort Ticonderoga, New York
  • 1787 British Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal
  • 1796 French government arrest 10 utopists

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1796 Napoleon defeats Austria in Battle of Lodi Bridge

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte
French Emperor
Napoléon Bonaparte
  • 1796 Riot after disagreement of patriotic demand in Amsterdam
  • 1797 1st US Navy ship, the "United States," is launched
  • 1801 First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America (1st US foreign war)

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1804 British Prime Minister Henry Addington resigns, replaced by William Pitt the Younger

British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger
British Prime Minister
William Pitt the Younger
British Prime Minister Henry Addington
British Prime Minister
Henry Addington
  • 1816 British steamship "Defiance" arrives at Rotterdam harbor
  • 1823 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Ft Snelling
  • 1824 The National Gallery in London opens to the public in its temporary home in a townhouse on Pall Mall
  • 1837 Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.
  • 1857 Indian Mutiny against rule by the British East India Company begins with the revolt of the Sepoy soldiers in Meerut
  • 1861 Union troops march on state militia in St Louis, MI
  • 1862 Battle of Plum Run Bend, TN (Plum Point Bend)
  • 1864 Battles at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia
  • 1864 Skirmish at Ny River, Virginia

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1865 US Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis captured by Union troops at Irwinsville Georgia

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1865 Surrender of Sam Jones
  • 1869 Golden Spike driven, completes Promontory Pt Ut-Transcontinental RR
  • 1871 Peace of Frankfurt-am-Main concluded between France & Germany ends Franco-Prussian war
  • 1872 Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US presidency by Equal Rights Party at Apollo Hall, NYC
  • 1876 Centennial Fair opens in Philadelphia
  • 1879 Meteor falls near Estherville, Iowa
  • 1881 Lighthouse on Ameland begins operation
  • 1893 Imperial Institute in London opens
  • 1902 Portugal goes bankrupt, but its parliament passes a bill converting its external debt. Contributing to Portugal's troubles is a recent revolt in its colony of Angola, put down on 6 September
  • 1906 Russian Duma (Parliament) meets for 1st time
  • 1906 Italian King Victor Emmanuel & Swiss president Ludwig Forrer open Simplon tunnel
  • 1908 1st Mother's Day observed (Philadelphia)
  • 1909 Winchester's Fred Toney no-hits Lexington for 17 inning
  • 1910 1st aircraft air display held (Hendon, England)
  • 1910 Halley's Comet closest approach to Earth in 1910 pass
  • 1910 The British House of Commons pass three major resolutions on political reform
  • 1913 Yanks commit 8 errors & still beat Tigers 10-9 in 10 innings
  • 1915 Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • 1916 Disastrous fire in Ellendale, ND
  • 1916 Historic Shipport Museum opens in Amsterdam
  • 1917 Atlantic ships get destroyer escorts to stop German attacks
  • 1918 HMS Vindictive sunk to block entrance of Ostend Harbor
  • 1919 Race riot in Charleston SC, 2 blacks killed
  • 1921 Luigi Pirandello's "Sei Personaggi in Cerca d'Autore" premieres
  • 1922 Dr Ivy Williams is 1st woman to be called to the English Bar
  • 1922 WHB-AM in Kansas City MO begins radio transmissions
  • 1922 The United States annexes the Kingman Reef in n the North Pacific Ocean

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1924 J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of FBI

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1925 To control demonstrations against foreigners, British troops in Shanghai fire into a crowd, leading to a boycott against British goods
  • 1930 1st US planetarium opens (Adler-Chicago)
  • 1930 Clarrie Grimmett takes 10 for 37 v Yorkshire at Sheffield
  • 1932 Government declares "Wilhelmus" as the Netherlands' national anthem
  • 1932 Senate chairman Albert Lebrun becomes President of France
  • 1933 Deutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF) forms
  • 1933 Nazis stage public book burnings in Germany
  • 1933 Paraguay declares war on Bolivia
  • 1933 Suriname worker's union leader A de Come banish to Netherlands

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1936 Manuel Azaña elected the second President of the Spanish Republic

President of the Spanish Republic Manuel Azaña
President of the Spanish Republic
Manuel Azaña
  • 1936 Nahas Pasja becomes premier of Egypt
  • 1937 Busmen strike in London
  • 1938 Banning speech on anti-fascism demonstration in Amsterdam
  • 1940 British Local Defence Volunteers forms (later renamed the Home Guard)
  • 1940 Dutch torpedo boat Johan van Galen sinks
  • 1940 Dutch-Indies Governor Van Starkenborch proclaims end to state of siege
  • 1940 French marines stationed on Aruba
  • 1940 French troops arrive in Zealand/Brabant Netherlands
  • 1940 Nazi armies attack Netherlands, Belgium & Luxembourg

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1940 Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
British Prime Minister
Neville Chamberlain
  • 1940 World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.

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1941 Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess escapes to Britain to open secret negotiations with the Allies, parachuting into Scotland

Nazi leader Rudolf Hess
Nazi leader
Rudolf Hess
  • 1941 British House of Commons & Holborn Theatre damaged in an air raid
  • 1941 Queen Wilhelmina on Radio Orange warns against treason
  • 1942 World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.
  • 1944 Chinese offensive in West-Yunnan
  • 1944 Smith v Allwright (excluding Blacks from primary voting) is illegal
  • 1945 Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese
  • 1945 Soviet troops occupied Prague
  • 1948 1st attack by Egyptian irregular forces at Kfar Darom Israel
  • 1948 Winston Churchill visits The Hague
  • 1950 1st Netherlands-US telex sent
  • 1951 Z Alexander Looby elected to Nashville City Council
  • 1954 Bolshoi Ballet does not appear in Paris
  • 1956 French government sends 50,000 reservists to Algeria
  • 1957 1st meeting of legislative of Cameroon
  • 1957 Dmitri Shostakovitsch's 2nd Piano concerto premieres in Moscow
  • 1959 Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan
  • 1959 Giants Jim Hearn allows 2 runs against Pirates, game is suspended, Hearn is released & charged with loss 2 months after his retirement

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1960 John F. Kennedy wins primary in West Virginia

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1960 US atomic submarine USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • 1961 "Beyond the Fringe" premieres in London
  • 1966 25°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in May
  • 1967 Stockholm Vietnam Tribunal declares US aggression in Vietnam/Cambodia
  • 1967 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1968 Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the US & North Vietnam
  • 1969 Apollo 10 transmit 1st color pictures of Earth from space
  • 1969 Turtles play White House, Mark Volman falls off stage 5 times
  • 1969 US troops begin attack on Hill 937 ("Hamburger Hill"), Vietnam
  • 1969 In an interview with the 'Belfast Telegraph' former Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill states: "if you give Roman Catholics a good job and a good house, they will live like Protestants, ... They will refuse to have 18 children"
  • 1970 Brave's Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in his 1,000th game, loses to Cards 6-5
  • 1971 US special delivery rates go from 45 cents to 60 cents
  • 1972 Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77
  • 1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1972 An Irish Republican Army bomb starts a fire that destroys the Belfast Co-operative store
  • 1973 9th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 8-4
  • 1973 Establishment of Frente Polisario in Mauritania
  • 1974 7th ABA championship: NY Nets beats Utah Stars, 4 games to 1
  • 1975 Brian Oldfield of US put shot 75', an unofficial record
  • 1979 Federated States of Micronesia becomes self-governing
  • 1979 Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) completes nonstop cycle ride of 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka [From May 2]

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1981 Francois Mitterrand defeats Valery Giscard d'Estang for Presidency of France

21st President of France Francois Mitterrand
21st President of France
Francois Mitterrand
  • 1983 Lee Chin Yong performs 170 continuous chin-ups in Seoul
  • 1984 Intl Court of Justice rules on US blockade of Nicaragua
  • 1985 Challenger transports back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • 1986 "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • 1988 Edgar Degas' "Danseresje of 14" sold for $10,120,000

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1989 General Manuel Noriega's Panama government nullifies country's elections, which the opposition had won by a 3-1 margin

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • 1990 French TGV-train hits record speed of 510.6 kph

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1990 Howard Stern holds a mock funeral for rival John DeBella

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern
  • 1991 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving Madonna's apt
  • 1992 Bible Lands Museum opens in Jerusalem Israel
  • 1993 Fire in clothing factory at Bangkok kills 145
  • 1993 Last TV appearance of Mies Bouwman

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1993 Paul Cézanne still life painting sells for US$28,600,000 in NYC

French Painter Paul Cézanne
French Painter
Paul Cézanne
  • 1993 Premier Lubbers opens Terminal West on Schiphol

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1994 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1994 Silvio Berlusconi forms Italian government with 5 neo-fascists
  • 1995 Britain lifts a 23-year ban on ministerial talks with Sinn Fein
  • 1995 In South Africa, 104 miners killed in an elevator accident
  • 1996 2 US Marine helicopters collided during joint US & British war games
  • 1996 Excel Communications, Inc. becomes the youngest company ever to join the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), trading under the symbol (ECI).
  • 2001 In Ghana, a stampede at a football game kills over 120 spectators.
  • 2003 The May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence takes place.

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2005 A hand grenade which was thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian lands about 65 feet (20 metres) from U.S. President George W. Bush while he was giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

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2008 Philippine court acquits Imelda Marcos in a 17-year-old case of 32 counts of illegal transfer of wealth totaling $863 million in Swiss bank accounts.

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
  • 2012 The Red Cross suspends all humanitarian work in Pakistan after a worker was kidnapped and killed
  • 2012 Two bombings in Damascus, Syria, kill 55 people and injure 370
  • 2014 The African National Congress wins the 2014 South African General Election
  • 2016 Indian fertility clinic announces that a 70 year old woman has successfully gave birth to a baby boy

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2017 US President Donald Trump shares classified information about ISIS plot with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2017 Apple becomes the first company to be worth more than $800 million