May 10 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1497 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World (disputed)

1775 Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time

1801 First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America (1st US foreign war)

1857 Indian mutiny against rule by the British East India Company begins with the revolt of the Sepoy soldiers in Meerut

1940 Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister

1960 US atomic submarine USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe

1994 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa’s 1st black president

Today’s Historical Events

1267 Vienna’s church orders all Jews to wear a distinctive garb

1278 Jews of England imprisoned on charges of coining

1291 Scottish nobles recognize authority of English King Edward I

1294 Temür Khan declared Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty

1427 Jews are expelled from Bern, Switzerland

1497 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World (disputed)

1503 Christopher Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands

1525 Church reformer John Pistorius caught in the Hague

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1928 WGY, Schenectady begins regular TV programming

1952 5th Cannes Film Festival: “The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice” directed by Orson Welles and “Two Cents Worth of Hope” directed by Renato Castellani jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

1953 KCBD TV channel 11 in Lubbock, TX (NBC) begins broadcasting

1955 8th Cannes Film Festival: “Marty” directed by Delbert Mann wins Palme d’Or

1956 KFSN TV channel 30 in Fresno, CA (ABC/CBS) begins broadcasting

1956 9th Cannes Film Festival: “The Silent World” directed by Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle wins the Palme d’Or

1973 Bruce Lee collapses in Golden Harvest studios in Hong Kong and is rushed to Hong Kong Baptist Hospital where doctors diagnose him with cerebral edema

1982 WABC radio (NYC) plays its last record – John Lennon‘s “Imagine” – and switches to all-talk format

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1849 Astor Place Riot: Backers of American actor and working class hero Edwin Forrest attempt to disrupt British actor William McReady’s performance at Astor Place Opera House in NYC; Military troops supporting police shoot at the crowd, killing between 22 and 31 [1]

1907 Paul Dukas’ opera “Ariane et Barbe Bleue” premieres in Paris

1932 Government declares “Wilhelmus” as the Netherlands’ national anthem

1947 “Chocolate Soldier” closes at Century Theater NYC after 69 performances

1952 Revival of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle’s musical “Shuffle Along” closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 4 performances

1957 Dmitri Shostakovich‘s 2nd Piano concerto premieres in Moscow

1963 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison

1967 Rolling Stones Keith Richards, Brian Jones & Mick Jagger arrested on drug charges

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1870 Jem Mace & defends his heavyweight crown against Irish champ Joe Coburn, it lasts 1 hr & 17 minutes, & neither is struck by a punch

1889 17th Preakness: W Anderson aboard Buddhist wins in 2:17.5

1893 19th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Kunze aboard Lookout wins in 2:39.25

1902 Dutch soccer club FC Blauw-Wit (Blue-White) is formed in the Kinkerbuurt area of Amsterdam; merge with VV De Beursbengels in 2015

1905 31st Kentucky Derby: Jack Martin aboard Agile wins in 2:100.75

1910 36th Kentucky Derby: Fred Herbert aboard Donau wins in 2:06.4

1913 39th Kentucky Derby: Roscoe Goose aboard Donerail wins in 2:04.8

1913 Yanks commit 8 errors & still beat Tigers 10-9 in 10 innings

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