2021 May

May 10: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 10

May 10th is known as One Day Without Shoes Day as well as Stay Up All Night Day.

We’ve reached the 130th day of the year. There are 235 days left until the end of the year.

Those of you who were born on May 10 share the Taurus zodiac sign.

Right here you’re going to uncover the many amazing historical events from May 10th some of which changed the course of history.

Did you know that on this day in 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s president? He was the first non-white head of state in South Africa’s history.

Keep reading for more facts about May 10th in history!

What Happened On May 10 In History?


Uber became a public company, opening on the New York Stock Exchange.


US Geological Survey issued a statement revealing that 39 Montana glaciers have reduced in size from 39 to 85 percent in the last 50 years.

Source USGS

Apple became the first company to achieve worth more than $800 billion dollars.


An assassination attempt was made on President George W. Bush.

While giving a speech in Tbilisi, Georgia, a man threw a grenade which landed just 65 feet away from the President. It malfunctioned and did not explode, and the attacker was arrested.

The disaster movie “Twister” by Michael Crichton premiered.


Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.


An atomic submarine circumnavigated the globe.

OTD in 1960: An atomic submarine circumnavigated the globe.
The USS Triton completed its journey around the globe, making it the first submerged craft to circle the earth. It arrived at Groton, Connecticut after finishing the trip.

The first telephone was installed in the telegraph room in the White House thanks to President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Source Politico

The Golden Spike was driven.

OTD in 1869: The Golden Spike was driven.
The ceremonious final spike, a 17.6-karat gold spike, was driven into join the rails which completed the first US Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. It connected the Central Pacific Railroad with the Union Pacific.

Christopher Columbus spotted the Cayman Islands.

He named them Las Tortugas after he sighted several sea turtles swimming around the islands.

Did you know that on this day, May 10th 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's president?