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, 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

  • 1497
    Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.
  • 1655
    England, with troops under the command of Admiral William Penn and General Robert Venables, annexes Jamaica from Spain.
  • 1774
    Louis XVI becomes King of France.
  • 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.
  • 1940
    World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • 1941
    World War II: The House of Commons in London is damaged by the Luftwaffe in an air raid.
  • 1960
    The nuclear submarine USS Triton completes Operation Sandblast, the first underwater circumnavigation of the earth.
  • 1979
    The Federated States of Micronesia become self-governing.
  • 1997
    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?

  • 1714
    Sophie Charlotte Ackermann, German actress (d. 1792)
  • 1923
    Heydar Aliyev, Ex-President and Leader of Azerbaijan Republic (d. 2003)
  • 1931
    Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter
  • 1946
    Donovan, Scottish musician
  • 1956
    Vladislav Listyev, Russian television anchor and journalist (d. 1995)
  • 1971
    Ådne Søndrål, Norwegian speed skater
  • 1974
    Liu Fang, Chinese musician
  • 1974
    Sylvain Wiltord, French footballer
  • 1976
    Aggeliki Tsiolakoudi, Greek javelin thrower
  • 1984
    Kristyna Myles, British singer

Who died on May 10?

  • 1493
    Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll, Scottish politician
  • 1566
    Leonhart Fuchs, German botanist (b. 1501)
  • 1774
    King Louis XV of France (b. 1710)
  • 1863
    Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, American Confederate general (b. 1824)
  • 1937
    William Tedmarsh, English-born silent movie actor (b. 1876)
  • 1963
    Gene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb, American football player (b. 1931)
  • 1990
    Walker Percy, American author (b. 1916)
  • 1993
    Stephen Ross, English politician (b. 1926)
  • 2002
    Lynda Lyon Block, American convicted murderer (b. 1948)
  • 2008
    Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)

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