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

  • 1801
    First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America.
  • 1833
    The desecration of the grave of the viceroy of southern Vietnam Le Van Duyet by Emperor Minh Mang provokes his adopted son to start a revolt.
  • 1849
    Astor Place Riot: A riot breaks out at the Astor Opera House in Manhattan, New York City over a dispute between actors Edwin Forrest and William Charles Macready, killing at least 25 and injuring over 120.
  • 1857
    Indian Mutiny: In India, the first war of Independence begins. Sepoys revolt against their commanding officers at Meerut.
  • 1924
    J. Edgar Hoover is appointed the Director of the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation, and remains so until his death in 1972.
  • 1941
    World War II: The House of Commons in London is damaged by the Luftwaffe in an air raid.
  • 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.
  • 1954
    Bill Haley & His Comets release “Rock Around the Clock”, the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts.
  • 1993
    In Thailand, a fire at the Kader Toy Factory kills 156 workers.
  • 1997
    The Maeslantkering, a storm surge barrier in the Netherlands that is one of the world’s largest moving structures, is opened by Queen Beatrix.

Who were born on May 10?

  • 1756
    Singu Min, King of Burma (d. 1782)
  • 1840
    Hadzhi Dimitar, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1868)
  • 1879
    Symon Petliura, Ukrainian statesman (d. 1926)
  • 1916
    Milton Babbitt, American composer (d. 2011)
  • 1918
    George Welch, American pilot (d. 1954)
  • 1935
    Larry Williams, American singer and songwriter (d. 1980)
  • 1955
    Mark David Chapman, American murderer of John Lennon
  • 1967
    Scott Brison, Canadian politician
  • 1974
    Liu Fang, Chinese musician
  • 1976
    Steve Howard, Scottish footballer

Who died on May 10?

  • 1493
    Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll, Scottish politician
  • 1717
    John Hathorne, American magistrate (b. 1641)
  • 1955
    Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer (b. 1881)
  • 1963
    Gene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb, American football player (b. 1931)
  • 1964
    Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (b. 1881)
  • 1974
    Hal Mohr, American cinematographer, husband of Evelyn Venable (b. 1894)
  • 1976
    Elias Aslaksen, Norwegian religious figure (b. 1888)
  • 1982
    Peter Weiss, German writer and artist (b. 1916)
  • 2001
    Deborah Walley, American actress (b. 1943)
  • 2011
    Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)

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