On This Day … 10 May

Events

  • 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.
  • 1688 – King Narai nominates Phetracha as regent, leading to the revolution of 1688 in which Phetracha becomes king of the Ayutthaya Kingdom.
  • 1773 – The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by reducing taxes on its tea and granting it the right to sell tea directly to North America.
    • The legislation leads to the Boston Tea Party.
  • 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: The Second Continental Congress takes place in Philadelphia.
  • 1796 – War of the First Coalition: Napoleon wins a 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.
  • 1833 – A revolt broke out in southern Vietnam against Emperor Minh Mang, who had desecrated the deceased mandarin Le Van Duyet.
  • 1857 – Indian Rebellion of 1857: In India, the first war of Independence begins. Sepoys mutiny against their commanding officers at Meerut.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: In Kentucky, Union soldiers ambush and mortally wound Confederate raider William Quantrill, who lingers until his death on 06 June.
  • 1922 – The United States annexes the Kingman Reef.
  • 1940 – World War II: German fighters accidentally bomb the German city of Freiburg.
  • 1940 – World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom following the resignation of Neville Chamberlain.
    • On the same day, Germany invades France, Belgium and Luxembourg
    • Meanwhile, the United Kingdom occupies Iceland.
  • 1941 – World War II: The House of Commons in London is damaged by the Luftwaffe in an air raid.
  • 1941 – World War II: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany.
  • 1942 – World War II: The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.
  • 1946 – First successful launch of an American V-2 rocket at White Sands Proving Ground.
  • 1967 – The Northrop M2-F2 crashes on landing, becoming the inspiration for the novel Cyborg and TV series The Six Million Dollar Man.
  • 1969 – Vietnam War: The Battle of Dong Ap Bia begins with an assault on Hill 937.
    • It will ultimately become known as Hamburger Hill.
  • 1975 – Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder.
  • 2012 – The Damascus bombings are carried out using a pair of car bombs detonated by suicide bombers outside of a military intelligence complex in Damascus, Syria, killing 55 people.
  • Confederate Memorial Day (North Carolina and South Carolina).

People (Births)

  • 874 – Meng Zhixiang, Chinese general and emperor (d. 934).
  • 1760 – Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French captain, engineer, and composer (d. 1836).
  • 1770 – Louis-Nicolas Davout, French general and politician, French Minister of War (d. 1823).
  • 1813 – Montgomery Blair, American lieutenant and politician, 20th United States Postmaster General (d. 1883).
  • 1890 – Alfred Jodl, German general (d. 1946).
  • 1903 – Otto Bradfisch, German economist, jurist, and SS officer (d. 1994).
  • 1915 – Denis Thatcher, English soldier and businessman, Spouse of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 2003).
  • 1923 – Heydar Aliyev, Azerbaijan general and politician, President of Azerbaijan (d. 2003).
  • 1926 – Hugo Banzer, Bolivian general and politician, President of Bolivia (d. 2002).
  • 1929 – Audun Boysen, Norwegian runner (d. 2000).
  • 1963 – Lisa Nowak, American commander and astronaut.
  • 1995 – Missy Franklin, American swimmer.

People (Deaths)

  • 1641 – Johan Banér, Swedish field marshal (b. 1596).
  • 1726 – Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier and politician, Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire (b. 1670).
  • 1807 – Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, French general (b. 1725).
  • 1818 – Paul Revere, American engraver and soldier (b. 1735).
  • 1863 – Stonewall Jackson, American general (b. 1824).
  • 1897 – Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino soldier and politician, President of the Philippines (b. 1863).
  • 1945 – Richard Glücks, German SS officer (b. 1889).
  • 1945 – Konrad Henlein, Czech soldier and politician (b. 1898).
  • 2012 – Gunnar Sønsteby, Norwegian captain and author (b. 1918).
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