On This Day

On This Day in History for May 10 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 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 presidential 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 and Cambodia
  • 1967 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1968 Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the US and North Vietnam
  • 1969 Turtles play White House, Mark Volman falls off stage 5 times
  • 1969 US troops begin attack on Hill 937 ("Hamburger Hill"), Vietnam

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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"

Northern Ireland Prime Minister Terence O'Neill
Northern Ireland Prime Minister
Terence O'Neill
  • 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 Establishment of Frente Polisario in Mauritania

  • 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

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1988 Edgar Degas' "Danseresje of 14" sold for $10,120,000

Impressionist Painter Edgar Degas
Impressionist Painter
Edgar Degas

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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
  • 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 Féin
  • 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)
  • 2000 India's population reaches 1 billion, baby girl Aastha born at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital chosen as symbolic billionth
  • 2003 The May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence takes place.

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

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2006 Giogio Napolitano is elected President of Italy, first former communist to become President

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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 Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
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

USABoulder Glacier Melting

2017 USGS releases a report saying that some glaciers in Montana have receded by 85% in the last 50 years

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Boulder Glacier in Montana as it appeared in 1932 (left) and 2005 (right)
Boulder Glacier in Montana as it appeared in 1932 (left) and 2005 (right)
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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 billion
  • 2018 Israel fires missiles at 70 Iranian targets inside Syria after Iran fires missiles into the Golan Heights, with claims Israel struck first in attack on Baath

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2018 New record auction price for a Latin American artwork of $9.76 million for Diego Rivera's "The Rivals"

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera
  • 2018 China announces plans for the world's largest weather-control mechanism, rain-inducing machines for the Tibetan Plateau (area the size of Alaska)

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2018 Mahathir Mohamad is sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister of Malaysia, the world's oldest leader at 92

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad
Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir bin Mohamad
  • 2019 Taxi service Uber becomes a public company opening on the New York Stock Exchange
  • 2019 US begins raising tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports to 25% after trade talks fail
  • 2020 Global confirmed cases of COVID-19 rise above 4 million with death toll above 270,000, according to Johns Hopkins
  • 2021 Violence escalates between Palestinians and Israelis after Israeli officers enter Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, rockets then fired from Gaza and airstrikes from Israel kill at least 31
  • 2021 US F.D.A. authorizes the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds
  • 2021 World Health Organization classifies the Indian COVID-19 variant B.1.617 as a variant of global concern
  • 2021 Chinese safari park in Fuyang forced to apologize for not informing the public that three leopards had escaped April 19 and been roaming nearby neighborhoods

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2021 Kazungula road and rail bridge 1km long opens over the Zambezi River linking Botswana and Zambia, with a curve so it doesn't encroach on Zimbabwe (Robert Mugabe opposed it)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe

Birthdays in History

  • 1947 Thomas Tessier, American author
  • 1948 Christopher Gent, CEO (Vodafone Group)
  • 1949 Miuccia Prada, Italian fashion designer (Prada), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1949 Michael Larson, American "Press Your Luck" scandal big-winning contestant, born in Lebanon, Ohio (d. 1999)
  • 1950 Sally James [Cann], British children's TV-show presenter (Tiswas), born in Chiswick, London
  • 1951 Steve Gunderson, (Rep-R-WI, 1981- )
  • 1953 John Diamond, English journalist, born in London, England (d. 2001)
  • 1955 Mark David Chapman, Forth Work Texas, assassin (John Lennon)
  • 1956 Vladislav Listyev, Russian television anchor and journalist (d. 1995)
  • 1958 Ellen Ochoa, PhD/Astronaut (STS 56, 66), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Rick Santorum, (Rep-R-Penn)
  • 1958 Yu Suzuki, Japanese creator of Virtua Fighter series
  • 1963 Lisa M Nowak, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Scott Brison, Canadian politician
  • 1967 Jon Ronson, British journalist and author
  • 1969 John Scalzi, American writer
  • 1976 Rob Malda, American internet writer/editor (Slashdot)
  • 1982 Daniel Harris, Australian rules footballer
  • 1982 Jeremy Gable, American playwright
  • 1983 Gustav Fridolin, Swedish politician
  • 1983 Natalia Zabala, Miss Spain 2007
  • 1991 Emily McEnroe, daughter of Tatum O'Neal & John McEnroe
  • 2004 The Gosselin Sextuplets

Weddings in History


Deaths in History