About May 10

May 10, 2021 is the 130th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 235 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 267 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 10

  • 1291
    Scottish nobles recognize the authority of Edward I of England.
  • 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.
  • 1824
    The National Gallery in London opens to the public.
  • 1833
    The desecration of the grave of the viceroy of southern Vietnam Le Van Duyet by Emperor Minh Mang provokes his adopted son to start a revolt.
  • 1837
    Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.
  • 1865
    American Civil War: In Kentucky, Union soldiers ambush and mortally wound Confederate raider William Quantrill, who lingers until his death on June 6.
  • 1877
    Romania declares itself independent from the Ottoman Empire following the Senate adoption of Mihail Kogălniceanu’s Declaration of Independence. This act is recognized on March 26, 1881 after the end of the Romanian War of Independence.
  • 1920
    Helen Crummy MBE, Scottish community activist (d. 2011).
  • 1924
    J. Edgar Hoover is appointed the Director of the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation, and remains so until his death in 1972.
  • 1933
    Censorship: In Germany, the Nazis stage massive public book burnings.
  • 1940
    World War II: The first German bombs of the war fall on England at Chilham and Petham, in Kent.
  • 1941
    World War II: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany.
  • 1941
    World War II: The House of Commons in London is damaged by the Luftwaffe in an air raid.
  • 1993
    In Thailand, a fire at the Kader Toy Factory kills 156 workers.
  • 1997
    A 7.3 Mw earthquake strikes Iran’s Khorasan Province, killing 1,567, injuring over 2,300, leaving 50,000 homeless, and damaging or destroying over 15,000 homes.
  • 2002
    F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
  • 2005
    A hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutinian lands about 65 feet (20 metres) from U.S. President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.
  • 2008
    War in Darfur: The Justice and Equality Movement and Sudanese government forces clash in Omdurman and Khartoum, the first time the fighting takes place in the nation’s capital.

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