May 10 is the 130th day of the year. 131. in leap years. There are 235 days left in the year. World Activity Day.
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1655 - England annexes Jamaica from Spain.
1774 - Louis XVI becomes king of France, while Marie Antoinette becomes queen.
1775 - American conquers Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolutionary War.
1801 - Tripolitan War: Berber pirates in Tripoli declare war on the United States.
1849 - At least 25 people are killed and 120 injured in the Astor Place Riot in Manhattan, New York City. The riots started as a result of a conflict between the American actor Edwin Forrest and the British actor William Macready over which of them was best at playing the main characters in Shakespeare's plays.
1865 - President Jefferson Davis of the Confederate States of America is arrested.
1871 - The Peace of Frankfurt is signed. France had to return Alsace and Lorraine to Germany, as well as pay five billion gold francs within three years
1876 - President Ulysses S. Grant and Emperor Pedro II of Brazil open the Philadelphia World's Fair.
1877 - Romania declares independence from the Ottoman Empire.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover is appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation, a position he holds until his death in 1972.
1933 - National Socialist students organize book burning in German university towns. Over 25,000 books are burned at public ceremonies.
1940 - Germany launches Fall Gelb against Belgium, the Netherlands and France.
1941 - Rudolf Hess secretly flies to Britain and is captured.
1945 - The first Norwegian and allied forces arrive in southern Norway.
1947 - Cunard Line acquires White Star Line.
1969 - Vietnam War: Battle of Hamburger Hill begins.
1994 - Nelson Mandela is installed as president of South Africa on May 10, following the fall of apartheid
2002 - In the train accident at Potter's Bar in England, seven were killed and eleven seriously injured when a carriage derailed.
2008 - Fighting over Omdurman and Khartoum: Forces from the rebel forces Justice and Equality Movement attack the Sudanese capital.
See more who were born on May 10 in Category: Births on May 10.
1808 - Thomas Pedersen, Norwegian shipbuilder (d. 1896)
1823 - John Sherman, American lawyer and politician (d. 1900)
1827 - William Windom, American politician (d. 1891)
1848 - Kibataro Oki, Japanese businessman (d. 1906)
1875 - Eugen Schauman, Finnish nobleman and activist (d. 1904)
1878 - Gustav Stresemann, German politician (d. 1929)
1886 - Karl Barth, Swiss theologian (d. 1968)
1897 - Einar Gerhardsen, Norwegian politician and prime minister (d. 1987)
1899 - Fred Astaire, American singer, dancer and actor (d. 1987)
1913 - Ottar Fiskum, Norwegian musician (d. 1988)
1915 - Astri Rynning, Norwegian judge and politician (d. 2006)
1917 - Bertil Perrolf, Swedish journalist (d. 2004)
1918 - Peter Poreku Dery, Ghanaian cardinal (d. 2008)
1923 - Heydar Eliev, President of Azerbaijan (d. 2003)
1926 - Ola O. Røssum, Norwegian politician (d. 2012)
1927 - Eva Knardahl, Norwegian pianist (d. 2006)
1929 - Audun Boysen, Norwegian athlete (d. 2000)
1930 - Jens Bugge, Norwegian Supreme Court judge (d. 2014)
1937 - Arthur Arntzen, Norwegian author, actor, journalist and musician
1937 - Anne Lise Knoff, Norwegian artist (d. 2005)
1937 - Tamara Press, Soviet athlete (d. 2021)
1941 - Sissel Calmeyer, Norwegian textile artist (d. 2012)
1944 - Kalle Fürst, Norwegian director
1944 - John Fredriksen, Norwegian shipowner
1945 - Mats Wahl, Swedish author
1952 - Kikki Danielsson, Swedish singer
1955 - Mark David Chapman, American assassin
1957 - Phil Mahre, American alpinist
1957 - Steve Mahre, American alpinist
1957 - Sid Vicious, British musician (d. 1979)
1958 - Gaétan Boucher, Canadian figure skater
1958 - Harri Kirvesniemi, Finnish cross-country skier
1960 - Paul David Hewson, also known as Bono, Irish