May 10 Events in History - May 10 Birthdays - May 10 Deaths
2015 Cuban President Raul Castro meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican as a gesture of gratitude for the pontiff's role in facilitating renewed diplomatic ties between Cuba the U.S.; Pope Francis will visit both countries in September
2014 Unidentified remains of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack are put to rest in a private depository next to the museum at the World Trade Center Memorial site; the remains will not be accessible or viewable to the public
2014 Brazilian police distribute pamphlets to World Cup visitors with instructions on how to behave in the event of a robbery; the advice is meant to protect victims from injury or death during crime
2013 Crew members from the International Space Station prepare for a contingency spacewalk required to stop the anticipated leakage of ammonia coolant
2013 Savar, Bangladesh celebrates a woman found alive in the rubble 17 days after after a garment factory building collapsed and killed over 1,042 people
2012 Roy Lichtenstein's picture, 'Sleeping Girl', sells at auction for $44.9 million, a new record for Lichtenstein's artwork
2012 More than 700 writers, academics and others send a letter to protest the planned spending of $300 million on the Fifth Avenue Branch of the New York Public Library
2011 April exports for the People's Republic of China reach an all-time monthly hight of $155.69 billion
2011 Microsoft announces it plans to purchase Skype, an Internet phone service, for $8.5 billion
2010 Solicitor General Elena Kagan is the youngest Justice and third woman nominated for the Supreme Court of the United States
1997 Chicago Cubs turn baseballs 68th triple play (vs San Francisco Giants)
1996 "Twister" premieres
1996 2 U.S. Marine helicopters collided during joint U.S. and British war games
1995 30th Academy of Country Music Awards: Reba McEntire wins
1995 Britain lifts a 23-year ban on ministerial talks with Sinn Fein
1995 In South Africa, 104 miners killed in an elevator accident
1994 "Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" opens at Lunt-Font New York City for 16 per
1994 Barbra Striesand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years
1994 Drew Barrymore (19) files for divorce from Jeremy Thomas (31)
1994 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa's 1st black president
1994 Silvio Berlusconi forms Italian government with 5 neo-fascists
1993 Fire in clothing factory at Bangkok, kills 145
1993 Last TV appearance of Mies Bouwman
1993 Paul Cezannes still life sells for $28,600,000 in New York City
1993 Premier Lubbers opens Terminal West on Schiphol
1992 "Hamlet" closes at Criterion Theater New York City after 45 performances
1992 Bible Lands Museum opens in Jerusalem, Israel
1992 Jennifer Wyatt wins LPGA Crestar-Fresh Farm Golf Classic
1991 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving Madonna's apt
1990 "Zoya's Apartment" opens at Circle in Sq Theater New York City for 45 performances
1990 French TGV-train hits record speed of 510.6 kph
1990 Howard Stern holds a mock funeral for rival John DeBella
1989 FC Barcelona wins 29th Europe Cup II
1989 General Manuel Noriega's government nullifies country's elections, which the opposition had won by a 3-1 margin
1988 Edgar Degas' "Danseresje of 14" sold for $10,120,000
1987 Jody Rosentha wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
1986 "Rock Me Amadeus," by Falco hit #1 on U.K. pop chart
1986 Tommy Lee, drummer of Motley Crue, marries Heather Locklear
1985 Challenger transports back to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
1984 International Court of Justice rules on U.S. blockade of Nicaragua
1983 "Laverne and Shirley," last airs on ABC-TV
1983 Lee Chin Yong performs 170 continuous chin-ups in Seoul
1983 Oilers 0-Isles 2-Stanley Cup-Isles hold 1-0 lead
1982 WABC New York City plays its last record, John Lennon's Imagine
1982 WABC joins ABC's All Talk radio network
1981 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
1981 Francois Mitterrand defeats Valery Giscard d'Estang for President of France
1981 Montreal Expo Charlie Lee no-hits San Francisco Giants, 4-0
1980 "Happy New Year" closes at Morosco Theater New York City after 17 performances
1979 Federated States of Micronesia becomes self-governing
1979 John McMullen becomes CEO of Houston Astros
1979 Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) completes nonstop cycle ride of 187 hours, 28 minutes, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1978 "Angel" opens at Minskoff Theater New York City for 5 performances
1978 Liverpool wins 23rd Europe Cup I
1975 Brian Oldfield of U.S. put shot 75', an unofficial record
1974 7th ABA championship: New York Nets beats Utah Stars, 4 games to 1
1973 27th NBA Championship: New York Knicks beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 1
1973 9th Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yankees 8-4
1973 Establishment of Frente Polisario in Mauritania
1973 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
1972 Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77
1972 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1971 U.S. special delivery rates go from 45 cents to 60 cents
1970 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1970 Brave's Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in his 1,000th game, loses to Cards 6-5
1970 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep St. Louis Blues in 4 games
1969 Turtles play White House, Mark Volman falls off stage 5 times
1969 U.S. troop begin attack on Hill 937/Hamburger Hill
1968 Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the U.S. and North Vietnam
1967 Foundation Arizona soccer team forms in Alkmaar
1967 Hank Aaron only inside the park home run vs Jim Bunning
1967 Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Mick Jagger arrested on drug charges
1967 Stockholm Vietnam-Tribunal declares U.S. aggression in Vietnam/Cambodia
1967 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Squirt Ladies' Golf Open Invitational
1963 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison
1961 "Beyond the Fringe," premieres in London
1960 John F. Kennedy wins primary in West Virginia
1960 USS Nautilus completes 1st circumnavigation of globe under water
1959 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Howard Johnson Golf Invitational
1959 Giants Jim Hearn allows 2 runs against Pirates, game is suspended, Hearn is released and charged with loss 2 months after his retirement
1957 1st meeting of legislative of Cameroon
1957 Dmitri Sjostakovitsch 2nd Piano concert, premieres in Moscow
1956 French government sends 50,000 reservists to Algeria
1956 KFSN TV channel 30 in Fresno, California (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting
1954 Bolshoi-ballet does not appear in Paris
1953 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Golf Open
1953 KCBD TV channel 11 in Lubbock, Texas (NBC) begins broadcasting
1952 "Shuffle Along" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 4 performances
1951 Z Alexander Looby elected to Nashville City Council
1948 1st attack by Egyptian irregular forces at Kfar Darom Israel
1948 Winston Churchill visits The Hague
1947 "Chocolate Soldier" closes at Century Theater New York City after 69 performances
1947 73rd Preakness: Doug Dodson aboard Faultless wins in 1:59
1946 Red Sox win 15th straight beat Yankees 5-4, DiMaggio hits Grand Slam
1946 Umberto II succeeds Victor Emmanuel III as king of Italy
1945 Allies capture Rangoon from the Japanese
1945 Russian troops occupied Prague
1944 Chinese offensive in West-Yunnan
1944 Smith vs. Allwright (excluding Blacks from primary voting) is illegal
1941 67th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 1:58.8
1941 Adolph Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland
1941 England's House of Commons and Holborn Theater destroyed in a blitz
1941 Queen Wilhelmina on Radio Orange warns against treason
1940 British Local Defense Volunteers (Home Guard) forms
1940 Dutch torpedo boat Johan van Galen sinks
1940 Dutch-Indies Governor Van Starkenborch proclaims end to state of siege
1940 French marines stationed on Aruba
1940 French troops arrive in Zealand/Brabant Netherlands
1940 Nazi armies attack Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg
1940 Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister
1938 Banning speech on anti-fascism demonstration in Amsterdam
1937 Busmen strike in London
1936 Manuel Azana elected president of Spain
1936 Nahas Pasja becomes premier of Egypt
1933 Deutsche Arbeitsfront (DAF) forms
1933 Nazis stage public book burnings in Germany
1933 Paraguay declares war on Bolivia
1933 Suriname worker's union leader A de Come banish to Netherlands
1932 Government declares "Wilhelmus" Netherlands national anthem
1932 Senate chairman Albert Lebrun becomes president of France
1931 Golf ball size hail falls in Burlington, New Jersey
1930 Adler Planetarium, 1st U.S. planetarium, opens in Chicago
1930 Clarrie Grimmett takes 10 for 37 vs. Yorkshire at Sheffield
1929 55th Preakness: Louis Schaefer aboard Dr. Freeland wins in 2:01.6
1929 64th British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Muirfield Gullane
1928 WGY, Schenectady begins regular TV programming
1926 52nd Preakness: John Maiben aboard Display wins in 1:59.8
1924 J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of FBI
1922 Dr. Ivy Williams is 1st woman to be called to the English Bar
1922 WHB-AM in Kansas City Missouri begins radio transmissions
1921 Luigi Pirandello's "Sei Personaggi in Cerca d'Autore," premieres
1919 45th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 2:09.8
1919 Race riot in Charleston, South Carolina, 2 blacks killed
1918 HMS Vindictive sunk to block entrance of Ostend Harbor
1917 Atlantic ships get destroyer escorts to stop German attacks
1916 Disastrous fire in Ellendale, North Dakota
1916 Historic Shipport Museum opens in Amsterdam
1915 Zeppelin drops hundred of bombs on Southend-on-Sea
1913 39th Kentucky Derby: Roscoe Goose aboard Donerail wins in 2:04.8
1913 Yankees commit 8 errors and still beat Tigers 10-9 in 10 innings
1910 1st aircraft air display held (Hendon, England)
1910 36th Kentucky Derby: Fred Herbert aboard Donau wins in 2:06.4
1910 Comet Halley's closest approach to Earth in 1910 pass
1909 Winchester's Fred Toney no-hits Lexington for 17 inning
1908 1st Mother's Day observed
1907 Paul Dukas' opera "Ariane et Barbe Bleue," premieres in Paris
1906 Russia's Duma (Parliament) meets for 1st time
1905 31st Kentucky Derby: Jack Martin aboard Agile wins in 2:100.75
1893 19th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Kunze aboard Lookout wins in 2:39
1893 Imperial Institute in London opens
1889 17th Preakness: W Anderson aboard Buddhist wins in 2:17
1881 Lighthouse on Ameland begins operation
1880 General Wolseley opens new legislative council in Pretoria
1879 Meteor falls near Estherville, Iowa
1876 Centennial Fair opens in Philadelphia
1872 Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for U.S. president
1871 German-French peace treaty signed: France cedes Elzas
1871 Peace of Frankfurt-am-Main concluded between France and Germany
1870 Jem Mace and defends his heavyweight crown against Irish champ Joe Coburn, it lasts 1 hour and 17 minutes, and neither is struck by a punch
1869 Golden Spike driven, completes Promontory Pt Ut-Transcontinental RR
1865 Jefferson Davis captured at Irwinsville, Georgia
1865 Surrender of Sam Jones
1864 Battles at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia
1864 Skirmish at Ny River Virginia
1862 Battle of Plum Run Bend, Tennessee (Plum Point Bend)
1861 Union troops march on state militia in St. Louis, Missouri
1857 Indian Mutiny begins with revolt of Sepoys of Meerut
1857 Sepoy-revolt in Meerutkazerne, Delhi
1849 Pack destroys Astor Place opera house in New York City (22 killed)
1823 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Ft. Snelling
1816 English steamship "Defiance" arrives at Rotterdam harbor
1797 1st Navy ship, the "United States," is launched
1796 French government arrest 10 utopists
1796 Napoleon defeats Austria in Battle of Lodi Bridge
1796 Riot after disagreement of patriotic demand in Amsterdam
1787 Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings
1775 2nd Continental Congress convenes in Pennsylvania issues paper currency for 1st time
1775 2nd Continental Congress names George Washington, supreme commander
1775 Green Mountain Boys capture Ft. Ticonderoga NY-American Revolution
1774 Louis XVI ascends to throne of France
1752 Benjamin Franklins 1st tests the lightning rod
1676 Bacon's Rebellion, frontiersmen vs Virginia government begins
1655 Jamaica captured by English
1652 John Johnson, a free black, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Va
1624 Jacob Willekens and Piet Heyn conquer Salvador, Civil rights activist
1570 Czar Ivan IV becomes Protestant
1559 Scottish Protestants under John Knox uprise against queen-mother Mary
1534 French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Newfoundland
1525 Church reformer John Pistorius caught in the Hague
1503 Columbus discovers Cayman Islands
1497 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for 1st voyage to New World
1427 Jews are expelled from Berne Switzerland
1291 Scottish nobles recognize authority of English king Edward I
1278 Jews of England imprisoned on charges of coining
1267 Vienna's church orders all Jews to wear a distinctive garb