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May 10 Historical Events

The following events took place on May 10. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 63 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 28 BCE
    A sunspot is observed by Han dynasty astronomers during the reign of Emperor Cheng of Han, one of the earliest dated sunspot observations in China.
  • 70
    Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, opens a full-scale assault on Jerusalem and attacks the city’s Third Wall to the northwest.
  • 1291
    Scottish nobles recognize the authority of Edward I of England pending the selection of a king.
  • 1497
    Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.
  • 1503
    Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman Islands and names them Las Tortugas after the numerous turtles there.
  • 1534
    Jacques Cartier visits Newfoundland.
  • 1655
    England, with troops under the command of Admiral William Penn and General Robert Venables, annexes Jamaica from Spain.
  • 1768
    John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Briton severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.
  • 1773
    The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
  • 1774
    Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette become King and Queen of France.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: A small Colonial militia led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold captures Fort Ticonderoga.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: Representatives from the Thirteen Colonies begin the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
  • 1796
    War of the First Coalition: Napoleon I of France wins a decisive victory against Austrian forces at Lodi bridge over the Adda River in Italy. The Austrians lose some 2,000 men.
  • 1801
    First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America.
  • 1824
    The National Gallery in London opens to the public.
  • 1833
    The desecration of the grave of the viceroy of southern Vietnam Lê Văn Duyệt by Emperor Minh Mạng provokes his adopted son to start a revolt.
  • 1837
    Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.
  • 1849
    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.
  • 1857
    Indian Rebellion of 1857: In India, the first war of Independence begins. Sepoys mutiny against their commanding officers at Meerut.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson dies eight days after he is accidentally shot by his own troops.
  • 1864
    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.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is captured by Union troops near Irwinville, Georgia.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: In Kentucky, Union soldiers ambush and mortally wound Confederate raider William Quantrill, who lingers until his death on June 6.
  • 1866
    Romania National Holiday 1866-1947, The Modern Monarchy Instauration of the Kingdom of Romania, Carol I of Romania
  • 1869
    The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah (not Promontory Point, Utah) with the golden spike.
  • 1872
    Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for President of the United States.
  • 1876
    The Centennial Exposition is opened in Philadelphia by U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and Brazilian Emperor Dom Pedro II.
  • 1877
    Romania declares itself independent from the Ottoman Empire following the Senate adoption of Mihail Kogălniceanu’s Declaration of Independence. Recognized on March 26, 1881 after the end of the Romanian War of Independence.
  • 1893
    The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883.
  • 1904
    The Horch & Cir. Motorwagenwerke AG is founded.

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