This Day in History May 10th
- 1497 – Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World.
- 1775 – Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia and issues paper currency for the first time.
- 1801 – First Barbary War. The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the USA (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 – Sir Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister.
- 1960 – US atomic submarine USS Triton completes first submerged navigation of the globe.
- 1994 – Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.
Today in Film and TV
- 1956 – 9th Cannes film festival: “The Silent World” directed by Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle wins the Palme D’Or.
Today in Music
- 1963 – Decca signs Rolling Stones on the advice of Beatle George Harrison.