2022 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.

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 interesting facts about May 10th in history!

What Events 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.


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.

Mother’s Day was officially celebrated for the first time in Grafton, West Virginia.

Anna Jarvis established this maternal holiday in honor of her mother, who died in 1905. While the first official Mother's Day celebrations happened in 1908, Anna held a small service the year before in Grafton, in the same church where her mother used to teach.

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


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.

The parliament of Great Britain passed the Tea Act, a piece of legislation that ultimately led to the Boston Tea Party.


Christopher Columbus spotted the Cayman Islands.

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

May 10 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

Taurus is represented by the bull and is the second sign in the zodiac. Anyone who was born between April 20 and May 20 falls into this astrological sign.

If you were born in May, your allocated birthstone is the Emerald. Did you know that Columbia is the largest supplier of Emeralds and is responsible for more than 60% of the world’s production?

For those of you who were born on May 10th, you were likely conceived the previous year on August 17th.

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Bono? See what other famous people were born on this day.

Famous People Born On May 10



Irish Singer
Birthday: May 10, 1960
Age: 61 years old
Born In: Dublin, Ireland
Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious

English Musician
Birthday: May 10, 1957
Died On: Feb 2, 1979 (Age 21)
Born In: England, United Kingdom

Special Holidays On May 10th

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

May 10: One Day Without Shoes Day

One Day Without Shoes Day

May 10: Stay Up All Night Day

Stay Up All Night Day

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