35 fun facts for May, 10

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
May 10th is a day filled with fascinating historical events, notable birthdays, and important commemorations. From the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as South Africa's president to the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States, May 10th has been a day of progress, celebration, and remembrance.
35 Fun facts
  1. May 10th is known as National Clean Up Your Room Day in the United States, encouraging people to take care of their personal space and making their surroundings tidy and organized.
  2. On May 10th, 1872, Victoria Woodhull became the first female presidential candidate in the United States, known for her activism for women's rights and labor reforms.
  3. In 2012, the social media platform Facebook surpassed one billion users on May 10th, making it the largest social network in the world.
  4. On May 10th, 1869, the United States successfully completed the first transcontinental railroad, connecting the East and West coasts and revolutionizing transportation and industry.
  5. The iconic children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, best known for his award-winning book "Where the Wild Things Are", was born on May 10, 1928.
  6. May 10th is recognized as World Migratory Bird Day, celebrating the incredible journey that migratory birds take each year and raising awareness about their conservation.
  7. On May 10th, 1994, Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa's first black president after spending more than two decades in prison for fighting apartheid.
  8. In 1908, Mother's Day was first celebrated in the United States on May 10th, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial service for her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia.
  9. May 10th, 2005 is the day when software engineer Mark Shuttleworth became the first African in space, after launching aboard a Soyuz spacecraft as a space tourist.
  10. On May 10, 1768, John Wilkes, a British journalist and Member of Parliament, was imprisoned for writing an article that criticized King George III, fueling a political scandal and inspiring the cry "Wilkes and Liberty!"
  11. The first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, was first issued in the United Kingdom on May 10, 1840, forever changing the way mail was sent.
  12. On May 10, 1960, the USS Triton completed the first submerged circumnavigation of the Earth, a journey that took 84 days.
  13. May 10, 2000 is the day when the Tate Modern, Britain's modern and contemporary art museum, opened to the public in London, transforming the city's art scene.
  14. In 1910, Glacier National Park in Montana was established on May 10th, helping to preserve over one million acres of wilderness and providing a crucial habitat for wildlife.
  15. On May 10, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union forces, marking the end of the American Civil War.
  16. The first successful flight of a rigid airship, the Graf Zeppelin, took place on May 10, 1928, paving the way for the use of airships in transportation.
  17. On May 10, 1864, Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington and a prominent British military and political figure, passed away. He is known for defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.
  18. May 10, 1954 marks the commencement of the first session of the Australian Parliament in its newly built Parliament House in Canberra.
  19. On May 10, 1933, Nazi Germany began a series of public book burnings, in which numerous books considered "un-German" were destroyed as part of the larger campaign against freedom of expression deemed as threats to the regime.
  20. May 10th, 1929 is the birthdate of Greek composer and pianist Manos Hatzidakis, who is best known for his Academy Award-winning song "Never on Sunday" from the film of the same name.
  21. On May 10, 1899, Irish novelist and poet James Joyce met Nora Barnacle, who was his life partner and inspiration for the character Molly Bloom in his novel "Ulysses".
  22. Legendary guitarist B.B. King sadly passed away on May 10, 2015, leaving behind a legacy of blues music.
  23. May 10th is the National Day of Community Service in South Africa, instituted by President Nelson Mandela to encourage citizens to contribute to nation-building and serve their communities.
  24. On May 10, 1991, NBA basketball player Lionel Simmons set a record by playing video games for 51 hours straight, causing him to miss practice sessions.
  25. May 10th, 1909 is the founding date of St. Petersburg's iconic Mariinsky Ballet, one of the world's most renowned ballet companies.
  26. On May 10, 1973, the New York Knicks won their first NBA Championship, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers.
  27. World Lupus Day falls on May 10th each year, raising awareness and understanding of this autoimmune disease affecting millions around the globe.
  28. On May 10, 2001, renowned playwright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard was awarded the prestigious David Cohen British Literature Prize, celebrating his lifetime achievements in writing.
  29. May 10, 1935 is the birthdate of American singer, dancer, and actress Melba Moore, known for her musical theater performances and hit songs in the 1970s and 1980s.
  30. On May 10, 1994, the Eurotunnel linking England and France was officially opened, offering a new mode of transportation and travel between the two countries.
  31. May 10, 1940 is the date when German dictator Adolf Hitler invaded Western Europe, marking the beginning of the Battle of France during World War II.
  32. On May 10, 1968, James Earl Ray, the assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was apprehended at London's Heathrow Airport.
  33. May 10th marks the anniversary of the World Health Organization's (WHO) declaration of smallpox eradication, marking a milestone in global health and medicine.
  34. On May 10th, 1815, the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Tambora in occurred, causing the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history, leading to global climatic changes and crop failures worldwide.
  35. May 10th, 1878 is the birthdate of Gustav Stresemann, a German statesman who served as Chancellor of Germany and Foreign Minister, contributing to the improvement of Germany's reputation after World War I.