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
Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.
Louis XVI becomes King of France.
American Revolutionary War: A small Colonial militia led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold captures Fort Ticonderoga.
American Civil War: Confederate General Stonewall Jackson dies eight days after he is accidentally shot by his own troops.
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.
American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is captured by Union troops near Irwinville, Georgia.
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.
World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.
First successful launch of an American V-2 rocket at White Sands Proving Ground.
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?
Emperor Fushimi of Japan (d. 1317)
Carl Albert, American politician (d. 2000)
Jeff Cooper, American Handgun Expert (d. 2006)
Arnold Rüütel, Estonian president
Tito Santana, Mexican-American professional wrestler
Yu Suzuki, Japanese creator of Virtua Fighter series
Victoria Rowell, American actress
Stuart Braithwaite, Scottish musician (Mogwai)
Samuel Dalembert, Haitian basketball player
Lauren Potter, American Actress
Who died on May 10?
Mieszko II, King of Poland (b. 990)
Gustaf Horn, Swedish soldier and politician (b. 1592)
George Vancouver, British navy officer and explorer (b. 1757)
Paul Revere, American patriot (b. 1735)
Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino revolutionary leader (b. 1863)
Richard Glücks, German SS officer (b. 1889)
Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer, archivist (b. 1883)
Elias Aslaksen, Norwegian religious figure (b. 1888)
Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
A. M. Rosenthal, American newspaper editor (b. 1922)
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