History of May 10: Nelson Mandela became the first black President of South Africa

Here are the important historical events happened globally on this day

Every day has some historical significance in history. Events in the past have shaped the world. We know thousands of things that happened in the past and remembering all of them for any purpose is simply not possible. However, there are events that are necessary to remember for a specific purpose like competitive exams. Following are some of the events which you need to note down if you are preparing for any competitive exam.

Indian film producer Tarachand Barjatya born

Tarachand Barjatya was born on May 10, 1914, in Kuchaman city, Rajasthan. He was an Indian film producer and has created many successful films from the 1960s to the 1980s. Rajshri productions which still is producing films was founded by Tarachand.

Former Army General V. K. Singh

V.K Singh was born on May 10, 1950, in Bhiwani, Haryana. V.K. Singh is currently active in politics. He retired as a four-star general in the Indian Army. From May 2019 he is serving as the Minister of Road, Transport and Highways.

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Indian Chess player Pentala Harikrishna born

Born on May 10, 1986, Pentala Harikrishna is a chess grandmaster from Guntur, Andra Pradesh. On September 12, 2001, he became the youngest grandmaster from India. However, Gukesh D. holds this record now.

Indian Poet Kunjunni Mash Born

Kunjunni, popularly Known as Kunjunni Mash was an Indian poet of Malayalam Literature. He was born on May 10, 1927, in Valapad, Kerala. He is known for his short poems with a philosophical overtone. Kunjunni received several honours including three awards from the Kerala Sahitya Akademi viz, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Children’s Literature, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry and Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Overall Contributions.

Some of the global events

1865 Confederate President Jefferson captured

On May 10, 1865, president of the fallen confederate government, Jefferson Davis was captured along with his wife near Irwinville, Georgia, by Union General James H. Wilson’s detachment cavalry. Davis was imprisoned for two years at Fort Monroe, Virginia. He was charged for treason. In 1867 he was released on bail.

1877 Rutherford B Hayes has a first phone installed in White House

On May 10, 1877, President Rutherford B.Hayes has the White houses first telephone installed in the mansion’s telephone room. The phone number of the white house was “1”.


On May 10, 1933, Nazis started burning books which are not authored by German writers Such as Heinrich Mann and Erich Maria Remarque.

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1940 Churchill becomes Prime Minister of Britain

On May 10, 1940,  Germany invaded Holland and Belgium. The first lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill was called to replace Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister. Neville Chamberlain resigned after losing the vote in the House of Commons.

Nelson Mandela Sworn in as President of Africa

On May 10, 1994, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sworn in as the first black President of South Africa ending the lost struggle for equal rights and governance. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life as a political prisoner of the South African government. On his inaugural address, Mandela said: “The time for the healing of the wound has come.”

1996 Eight Climbers dies on Mt. Everest

On May 10, 1996, eight climbers lost their lives on Mount Everest due to a storm. It was the biggest loss of life on the mountain in a single day.

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