What happened this day in history May 10

What are the important events that happened on May 10? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 10: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 10 is the 131st day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 235 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 27, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,589,068,800 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatriacontahenagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 278 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,697 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 10 Historical Events

  • 1497
    Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.
  • 1774
    Louis XVI becomes King of France.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: A small Colonial militia led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold captures Fort Ticonderoga.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Confederate General Stonewall Jackson dies eight days after he is accidentally shot by his own troops.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Colonel Emory Upton leads a 10-regiment “Attack-in-depth” assault against the Confederate works at The Battle of Spotsylvania, which, though ultimately unsuccessful, would provide the idea for the massive assault against the Bloody Angle on May 12. Upton is slightly wounded but is immediately promoted to Brigadier general.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is captured by Union troops near Irwinville, Georgia.
  • 1893
    The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883.
  • 1940
    World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.
  • 1946
    First successful launch of an American V-2 rocket at White Sands Proving Ground.
  • 1948
    The Republic of China implements “temporary provisions” granting President Chiang Kai-shek extended powers to deal with the Communist uprising; they will remain in effect until 1991.

Who were born on May 10?

  • 1265
    Emperor Fushimi of Japan (d. 1317)
  • 1908
    Carl Albert, American politician (d. 2000)
  • 1920
    Jeff Cooper, American Handgun Expert (d. 2006)
  • 1928
    Arnold Rüütel, Estonian president
  • 1953
    Tito Santana, Mexican-American professional wrestler
  • 1958
    Yu Suzuki, Japanese creator of Virtua Fighter series
  • 1959
    Victoria Rowell, American actress
  • 1976
    Stuart Braithwaite, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
  • 1981
    Samuel Dalembert, Haitian basketball player
  • 1990
    Lauren Potter, American Actress

Who died on May 10?

  • 1034
    Mieszko II, King of Poland (b. 990)
  • 1657
    Gustaf Horn, Swedish soldier and politician (b. 1592)
  • 1798
    George Vancouver, British navy officer and explorer (b. 1757)
  • 1818
    Paul Revere, American patriot (b. 1735)
  • 1897
    Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino revolutionary leader (b. 1863)
  • 1945
    Richard Glücks, German SS officer (b. 1889)
  • 1950
    Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer, archivist (b. 1883)
  • 1976
    Elias Aslaksen, Norwegian religious figure (b. 1888)
  • 2002
    Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
  • 2006
    A. M. Rosenthal, American newspaper editor (b. 1922)

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