May 10: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On May 10, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The Gregorian calendar’s 130th day is May 10th. On this day, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president; Sony released the Betamax videocassette recorder; and Bobby Orr scored the game-winning goal for the Boston Bruins in their fourth Stanley Cup victory.

Taurus is the zodiac sign for May 10th. Bono of U2 and fashion model Linda Evangelista are both born on May 10th. National Receptionists Day and National Shrimp Day are also celebrated today.


(May 10, 1962)
The Incredible Hulk debuted in Marvel Comics' first issue; the towering muscle-bound antihero was developed by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby.


(May 10, 1994)
Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa on this day in 1994, after his efforts to eliminate apartheid led to his imprisonment (1962–90) and earned him a share of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 (together with F.W. de Klerk).

(May 10, 1994)
John Wayne Gacy, an American serial murderer who stunned his suburban Chicago town in the 1970s with his killings of 33 boys and young men while performing as a clown at charitable events and children's parties, was executed.

(May 10, 1999)
Shel Silverstein, an American cartoonist, children's book, poet, and dramatist best known for his light verse and whimsical cartoons, died in Florida.

(May 10, 2002)
After pleading guilty to spying for Moscow, American FBI agent Robert Hanssen was sentenced to life in prison; he was one of the Soviet Union's and Russia's most valuable double agents, as well as the most damaging spy ever to penetrate the FBI.

(Died on May 10, 2021)
Pauline Tinsley, British soprano (b. 1928).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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