1994 – Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black president, is inaugurated


In South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is sworn in as the first Black president of South Africa. In his inaugural address, Mandela, who spent 27 years of his life as a political prisoner of the South African government, declared that “the time for the healing of the wounds …read more

History… May 10


  • 1497 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for his first voyage to the New World (disputed)
  • 1775 Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time
  • 1801 First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America (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 Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister
  • 1960 US atomic submarine USS Triton completes 1st submerged circumnavigation of the globe
  • 1994 Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa’s 1st black president