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, 26,484,480 minutes 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
Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.
England, with troops under the command of Admiral William Penn and General Robert Venables, annexes Jamaica from Spain.
Louis XVI becomes King of France.
Indian Mutiny: In India, the first war of Independence begins. Sepoys revolt against their commanding officers at Meerut.
J. Edgar Hoover is appointed the Director of the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation, and remains so until his death in 1972.
World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
World War II: The House of Commons in London is damaged by the Luftwaffe in an air raid.
The nuclear submarine USS Triton completes Operation Sandblast, the first underwater circumnavigation of the earth.
The Federated States of Micronesia become self-governing.
A 7.3 Mw earthquake strikes Iran’s Khorasan Province, killing 1,567, injuring over 2,300, leaving 50,000 homeless, and damaging or destroying over 15,000 homes.
Who were born on May 10?
Sophie Charlotte Ackermann, German actress (d. 1792)
Heydar Aliyev, Ex-President and Leader of Azerbaijan Republic (d. 2003)
Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter
Donovan, Scottish musician
Vladislav Listyev, Russian television anchor and journalist (d. 1995)
Ådne Søndrål, Norwegian speed skater
Liu Fang, Chinese musician
Sylvain Wiltord, French footballer
Aggeliki Tsiolakoudi, Greek javelin thrower
Kristyna Myles, British singer
Who died on May 10?
Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll, Scottish politician
Leonhart Fuchs, German botanist (b. 1501)
King Louis XV of France (b. 1710)
Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, American Confederate general (b. 1824)
William Tedmarsh, English-born silent movie actor (b. 1876)
Gene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb, American football player (b. 1931)
Walker Percy, American author (b. 1916)
Stephen Ross, English politician (b. 1926)
Lynda Lyon Block, American convicted murderer (b. 1948)
Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
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