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

Historic Event

1291 Scottish nobles recognize authority of English King Edward I

Historic Event

1294 Temür Khan declared Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty

  • 1427 Jews are expelled from Bern, Switzerland

Voyage of Discovery

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

Historic Discovery

1503 Christopher Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands

  • 1525 Church reformer John Pistorius caught in the Hague

Historic Discovery

1534 French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Newfoundland

  • 1559 Scottish Protestants under John Knox uprise against queen mother Mary

Victory in Battle

1624 Dutch admirals Jacob Willekens and Piet Heyn conquer Salvador da Bahia (Brazil)

  • 1643 Essex County, Massachusetts is founded, which contains the town of Salem in which the notorious witch-trials will occur in 1692
  • 1652 John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Virginia
  • 1655 Jamaica captured by the English
  • 1676 Bacon's Rebellion begins, frontiersmen vs Virginia government

Historic Invention

1765 British Longitude Act awards clockmaker John Harrison £10,000 for the invention of a naval longitude clock [1]

Historic Event

1768 John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for "The North Briton" severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.

Historic Event

1774 Louis XVI ascends to throne of France

  • 1775 American Revolution: Green Mountain Boys capture Fort Ticonderoga, New York
  • 1775 Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time

Appointment of Interest

1775 Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia names George Washington Supreme Commander

  • 1787 British Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings, Governor-General of Bengal
  • 1796 French government arrest 10 utopists

Victory in Battle

1796 Napoleon defeats Austria in Battle of Lodi Bridge

  • 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)
  • 1816 British steamship "Defiance" arrives at Rotterdam harbor
  • 1823 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Fort 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.

The Indian Mutiny

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, Missouri
  • 1862 Battle of Plum Run Bend, Tennessee
  • 1864 Battles at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia
  • 1864 Skirmish at Ny River, Virginia

Historic Event

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

  • 1865 Major General Sam Jones, the Confederate military leader in Florida, South Carolina and South Georgia, surrenders to Union forces

The Golden Spike

1869 Golden Spike driven, completing the 1st US Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah and connecting the Central Pacific Railroad with the Union Pacific

  • 1871 Peace of Frankfurt-am-Main concluded between France & Germany ends Franco-Prussian war

Presidential Convention

1872 Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US presidency by Equal Rights Party at Apollo Hall, NYC

  • 1876 Centennial Fair opens in Philadelphia

Historic Event

1877 US President Rutherford B. Hayes has 1st White House telephone installed, in the telegraph room

  • 1879 Meteor falls near Estherville, Iowa
  • 1881 Lighthouse on Ameland begins operation
  • 1883 First appendectomy performed in North America by Abraham Groves in Canada
  • 1893 Imperial Institute in London opens
  • 1894 Hong Kong government declares port is infected with the plague. The outbreak will go on to kill 20,489 over 29 years.
  • 1902 Portugal goes bankrupt, but its parliament passes a bill converting its external debt. Contributing to Portugal's troubles is recent revolt in its colony of Angola, put down 6 September
  • 1906 Italian King Victor Emmanuel & Swiss President Ludwig Forrer open Simplon tunnel
  • 1906 Russian Duma (Parliament) meets for 1st time
  • 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

Historic Invention

1915 Canadian physician Cluny MacPherson first presents his gas mask invention to the British War Office

  • 1915 Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
  • 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, South Carolina, 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 The United States annexes the Kingman Reef in n the North Pacific Ocean
  • 1922 WHB-AM in Kansas City MO begins radio transmissions

Appointment of Interest

1924 J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of FBI

  • 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 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 banished to Netherlands

Election of Interest

1936 Manuel Azaña elected the second President of the Spanish Republic

  • 1936 Nahas Pasja becomes premier of Egypt
  • 1937 Busmen strike in London
  • 1938 Banning speech on anti-fascism demonstration in Amsterdam
  • 1940 Dutch-Indies Governor Van Starkenborch proclaims end to state of siege
  • 1940 World War II: Nazi Germany invades the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France
  • 1940 World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent

Historic Event

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

  • 1941 British House of Commons & Holborn Theatre damaged in an air raid

Radio History

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
  • 1959 Giants Jim Hearn allows 2 runs against Pirates, game is suspended, Hearn is released & charged with loss 2 months after his retirement
  • 1959 Soviet forces arrive in Afghanistan

Historic Event

1960 John F. Kennedy wins presidential primary in West Virginia

  • 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

Historic Event

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"

  • 1969 Turtles play White House, Mark Volman falls off stage 5 times
  • 1969 US troops begin attack on Hill 937 ("Hamburger Hill"), Vietnam
  • 1971 US special delivery rates go from 45 cents to 60 cents
  • 1972 An Irish Republican Army bomb starts a fire that destroys the Belfast Co-operative store
  • 1972 Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77
  • 1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 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]

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Election of Interest

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

  • 1990 French TGV-train hits record speed of 510.6 kph
  • 1992 Bible Lands Museum opens in Jerusalem Israel
  • 1993 Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers opens Terminal West at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
  • 1993 Fire in clothing factory at Bangkok kills 145

Historic Event

1993 Paul Cézanne's painting "Still Life With Apples" sells for US$28,600,000 in NYC

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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)

Election of Interest

1998 Viktor Orbán elected Prime Minister of Hungary after his Fidesz party forms a centre-right coalition the Independent Smallholders Party and Hungarian Democratic Forum

  • 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.

Historic Event

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

  • 2006 Giogio Napolitano is elected President of Italy, first former communist to become President

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Kara Walker's artwork "The Subtlety" opens - an installation of a sphinx made of sugar at the Domino Sugar factory in Brooklyn, NY [1]
  • 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
  • 2017 Apple becomes the first company to be worth more than $800 billion

Historic Event

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

Boulder Glacier Melting

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

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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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

Historic Event

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)

  • 2021 US F.D.A. authorizes the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds
  • 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 World Health Organization classifies the Indian COVID-19 variant B.1.617 as a variant of global concern
  • 2022 Apple ends production of its iPod music player after 21 years

Historic Event

2022 For the first time Prince Charles delivers the Queen's Speech at the state opening of the UK parliament

  • 2022 US reports highest rate of gun-related deaths in 24 years in 2020, according to the CDC, with firearm homicides increasing 35% to 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people nationwide [1]