MAY 10 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1824 ~ The NATiONAL GALLERY in LONDON opened to the public on the 10th day of May in 1824.

The National Gallery London & Trafalgar Square Fountain, founded in 1824 (photo by Mike Peel)
The National Gallery London & Trafalgar Square Fountain, founded in 1824 (photo by Mike Peel ~

1888 ~ MAX STEiNER the Austrian composer was born on the 10th day of May in 1888 (d. 1971)

1899 ~ FRED ASTAiRE the American dancer and actor was born on the 10th day of May in 1899 (d. 1987)

1908 ~ MOTHER’S DAY was observed for the first time in the United States, in Grafton, West Virginia.

1927ROBERT KEARNS the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper was born on the 10th May 1927. Robert’s windshield wiper systems were used on most automobiles from 1969 to current day. Robert Kearns won one of the best known patent infringement cases against Ford Motor Company (1978–1990) and also a case against Chrysler Corporation (1982–1992).

1940 ~ WiNSTON CHURCHiLL was appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1940 ~ WAYNE DYER the American self-help advocate, author, and lecturer was born on the 10th day of May in 1940.

1942CARL DOUGLAS the Jamaican-born singer was born on the 10th day of May in 1942.

1946 DONOVAN the Scottish musician was born on the 10th day of May in 1946.

1946GRAHAM GOULDMAN the British musician and songwriter from 10cc was born on the 10th day of May in 1946.

1954 ~ BiLL HALEY & HiS COMETS released “Rock Around the Clock“, the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts.

1957 ~ SiD ViCiOUS the English bassist from The Sex Pistols was born on the 10th day of May in 1957 (d. 1979).

1960 ~ BONO the Irish singer from U2 was born on the 10th day of May in 1960.

1994 ~ NELSON MANDELA was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president on the 10th day of May in 1994.

1998SEACHANGE the Australian ABC television show was 1st broadcast on the 10th May 1998, until the 9th December 2000 (39 episodes). SeaChange starred Sigrid ThorntonDavid Wenham, Kerry ArmstrongJohn HowardWilliam McInnesTom Long, and directed by Michael Carson. Seachange filming was based on the Bellarine Peninsula at Barwon Heads and St Leonards, and also at Williamstown near Melbourne. Seachange official website:

SeaChange Australian ABC TV 1990s show intro title screen 1998 Bellarine Peninsula Barwon Heads ocean waves water beach rocks
SeaChange the Australian ABC television show intro title on the 1st broadcast on the 10th May 1998

YouTube video: SeaChange ~ Series 1 Episode 1 ~ Something Rich And Strange: (written by Andrew Knight) In just 24 hours, corporate lawyer Laura Gibson’s life is decimated. She is passed up for partnership, her son is expelled and she almost kills the family cat before discovering her husband has been arrested for fraud, squandering their life savings in the process…not to mention sleeping with her sister. Desperate to escape her life, Laura accepts a job as magistrate of a small coastal town she has fond – ten year old – memories of. Packing her kids in the station wagon, Laura heads to Pearl Bay only to find a half collapsed connecting bridge and laconic local, Diver Dan. On belated arrival, Laura discovers the solitude beach house she bought based on memory is now a dilapidated shack in the middle of a caravan park. Yet, staring out across the spectacular view from her new home, Laura decides maybe Pearl Bay is worth a chance…

TODAY iN HiSTORY for MAY 10th video presented by the Associated Press

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