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

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