This Day in History - May 10

May 10

1285 – Philip III of Spain is succeeded by Philip IV

1503 – Christopher Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands

1676 – Bacon’s Rebellion begins in the New World

1730 – Signer of the Declaration of Independence, George Ross, is born

1749 – The 10th and final volume of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones novel is printed

1773 – To keep the troubled East India Company afloat, Parliament passes the Tea Act, taxing all tea in the American colonies

1774 – Louis XVI succeeds his father Louis XV as King of France

1775 – American troops capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British

1775 – Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia and issues paper currency for the first time

1794 – Elizabeth, the sister of King Louis XVI, is beheaded

1796 – Napoleon Bonaparte wins a victory against the Austrians at Lodi Bridge in Italy

1801 – Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the US

1813 – Lawyer Montgomery Blair is born

1818 – Military officer Paul Revere dies

1838 – Actor and assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth is born

1840 – Mormon leader Joseph Smith moves his band of followers to Illinois to escape the hostilities they experienced in Missouri

1857 –Indians revolt against the British in Meerut

1859 – French emperor Napoleon III leaves Paris to join his troops preparing to battle the Austrian Army in Northern Italy

1863 – General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson dies from illness and wounds received during the Battle of Chancellorsville

1865 – Union cavalry troops capture Confederate President Jefferson Davis near Irvinville, Georgia

1869 – The Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah

1871 – The Treaty of Frankfurt am Main is signed ending the Franco-Prussian War

1872 – Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for US president

1877 – President Rutherford Hayes has the White House’s first telephone installed in the mansion telegraph room

1886 – Swiss theologian Karl Barth is born

1897 – Filipino activist Andres Bonifacio dies

1899 – American dancer and actor Fred Astaire is born

1902 – Producer David O. Selznick is born

1908 – Politician Carl Albert is born

1909 – Singer “Mother” Maybelle Carter is born

1917 – Allied ships get destroyer escorts to fend off German attacks in the Atlantic

1920 – Novelist Richard Adams is born

1924 – J. Edgar Hoover is appointed head of the FBI

1928 – WGY-TV in Schenectady, New York, begins regular television programming

1933 – Nazis begin book burning by “unGerman” writers such as Heinrich Mann and Erich Maria Remarque

1937 – Playwright Arthur Kopit is born

1940 – German forces begin a blitzkrieg of the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, skirting Frances’ “impenetrable” Maginot Line

1940 – Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as the British Prime Minister

1941 – Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, parachutes into Scotland to broker a peace agreement

1941 – England’s House of Commons is destroyed during the worst of the London Blitz: 550 German bombers drop 100,000 incendiary bombs

1944 – Ballerina Judith Jamison is born

1946 – Singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and actor Donovan is born

1957 – Singer and bass player Sid Vicious is born

1960 – The USS Nautilus completes the first circumnavigation of the globe underwater

1960 – Singer, songwriter, actor and activist Bono is born

1969 – Operation Apache Snow is launched in the western Thua Thien Province, attempting to cut off the North Vietnamese and prevent them from mounting an attack on the coastal provinces

1970 – Bobby Orr scores the winning goal 40 seconds into sudden-death overtime to take the Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins over the St. Louis Blues

1977 – Actress Joan Crawford dies

1977 – German race car driver Nick Heidfeld is born

1980 – US Secretary of the Treasury, G. William Miller, announces the approval of a nearly $1.5 billion dollars in federal loan guarantees for the nearly bankrupt Chrysler Corporation-the largest rescue package ever granted by the US government to an American corporation to this time

1990 – The government of the People’s Republic of China announces that it is releasing 211 people arrested during the protests held in Tiananmen Square in Beijing of 1989

1994 – Nelson Mandela is sworn in as South Africa’s first black president

1996 – Eight climbers die on Mount Everest during a storm- the worst loss of life ever on a mountain in a single day

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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