May 10 in History

May 10 in Pop Culture History

May 10th is…
National Clean Up Your Room Day
German Sherad Day
Ice Cream Cake Day
National Lipid Day
Shrimp Day
Washington Day

Mother’s Day in Mexico is a set date of May 10th every year, unlike most other countries where it lands on a Sunday.

1503 – Columbus stumbled across the Cayman Islands and dubbed them Las Tortugas, after the numerous sea turtles.

1860 – The discovery of two new elements – cesium (Cs) and rubidium (Rb), was announced by German chemists Robert Bunsen and Gustav Robert Kirchhoff to the Berlin Academy of Scientists.

1869 – Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads completed the Transcontinental Railroad.

1877 – US President Rutherford B. Hayes installed the White House’s first telephone in the ‘telegraph room.’

1879 – America’s first archaeological society was formed in Boston, Mass., the Archaeological Institute of America.

1893 – The United States Supreme Court ruled in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883. Scientifically, it is a fruit.

1924 – J. Edgar Hoover was named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation (now the FBI).

1975 – Sony’s Betamax, the first home videocassette recorder, went on sale in Japan

1980 – The US Government gave Chrysler a $1.5 billion loan.

1986 # 1 Hit May 10, 1986 – May 16, 1986: Pet Shop BoysWest End Girls

1994 – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa.

2003 # 1 Hit May 10, 2003 – May 30, 2003: Sean PaulGet Busy

2013 – One World Trade Center became the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, at 1,776 feet.