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
England, with troops under the command of Admiral William Penn and General Robert Venables, annexes Jamaica from Spain.
Louis XVI becomes King of France.
American Revolutionary War: A small Colonial militia led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold captures Fort Ticonderoga.
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.
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.
Romania declares itself independent from the Ottoman Empire following the Senate adoption of Mihail Kogălniceanu’s Declaration of Independence. This act is recognized on March 26, 1881 after the end of the Romanian War of Independence.
Censorship: In Germany, the Nazis stage massive public book burnings.
World War II: Germany invades Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
François Mitterrand wins the presidential election and becomes the first Socialist President of France in the French Fifth Republic.
War in Darfur: The Justice and Equality Movement and Sudanese government forces clash in Omdurman and Khartoum, the first time the fighting takes place in the nation’s capital.
Who were born on May 10?
Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, British lexicographer (d. 1897)
Max Steiner, Austrian composer (d. 1971)
Mae Murray, American actress (d. 1965)
Dimitri Tiomkin, Ukrainian-born composer (d. 1979)
Jeff Cooper, American Handgun Expert (d. 2006)
Arnold Rüütel, Estonian president
Cliff Wilson, Welsh snooker player (d. 1994)
Youssouf Sambo Bâ, Burkinabé politician
Bono, Irish singer (U2)
William Regal (Darren Matthews), English professional wrestler
Who died on May 10?
Sebastian Brant, Alsatian humanist (b. 1457)
Leonhart Fuchs, German botanist (b. 1501)
Johan Banér, Swedish soldier (b. 1596)
Sarah Osborne, one of the first accused in the Salem witch trials (b. circa 1643)
Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, French soldier (b. 1725)
Thomas Young, English physician and linguist (b. 1773)
Henry Bennett, American politician (b. 1808)
Hubertus van Mook, Acting Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1942 to 1948 (b. 1894)
Joan Crawford, American actress (b. 1905)
Kaifi Azmi, Indian poet and songwriter (b. 1919)
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