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, 441,408 hours 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
Jacques Cartier visits Newfoundland.
Louis XVI becomes King of France.
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.
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.
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.
World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
World War II: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany.
François Mitterrand wins the presidential election and becomes the first Socialist President of France in the French Fifth Republic.
A hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutinian lands about 65 feet (20 metres) from U.S. President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.
Who were born on May 10?
Singu Min, King of Burma (d. 1782)
George Welch, American pilot (d. 1954)
Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (d. 2002)
Arnold Rüütel, Estonian president
David Clennon, American actor
F. Charles Brunicardi, American surgeon
Danny Schayes, American basketball player
Robby Thompson, American baseball player
Wilson Chandler, American basketball player
Charice Pempengco, Filipino singer
Who died on May 10?
Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier (b. 1670)
Marie Magdalene Charlotte Ackermann, German actress (b. 1757)
John Stevens, American delegate to the Continental Congress
Belle da Costa Greene, American librarian, bibliographer, archivist (b. 1883)
Mikhail Larionov, Russian painter (b. 1881)
Peter Weiss, German writer and artist (b. 1916)
Susan Oliver, American actress (b. 1932)
Kaifi Azmi, Indian poet and songwriter (b. 1919)
Jessie Jacobs, Australian actress (b. 1990)
Frank Frazetta, American artist (b. 1928)
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