10th May

The events happened on 10th May are :

1994 : Nelson Mandela inaugurated as president of South Africa : Nelson Mandela, whose efforts to end apartheid led to his imprisonment (1962–90) and earned him a share (with F.W. de Klerk) of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, became president of South Africa this day in 1994.

1940 : Germany invaded Belgium, Luxembourg, and The Netherlands.

1940 : After losing the support of many Conservatives in the House of Commons, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned his office and was replaced by Winston Churchill.

1869 : The tracks of the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific were joined at Promontory, Utah, to form the first transcontinental railway in the United States.

1865 : Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, was captured by Union troops near Irwinville, Georgia.

1857 : The Indian Mutiny erupted in Meerut in reaction to the increased pace of Westernization in India and a military crackdown on Indian troops by their British officers.

1838 : American actor John Wilkes Booth, who would assassinate President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, was born near Bel Air, Maryland.

1818 : American patriot Paul Revere died in Boston.

1775 : The Green Mountain Boys, under the joint command of Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold, captured the British-controlled Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution.

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