May 10

This Day in History

1941

Hess lands in Scotland

On May 10, 1941, Rudolf Hess, deputy leader of Nazi Germany, flies a small plane to Scotland and parachutes to the ground in a bizarre attempt to negotiate a peace settlement with Britain. He claimed … (more...)

1908

The History of Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day has roots in several societies around the world, with versions practised in both ancient Greece and Rome under different names. However modern Mother’s Day is recognised as having … (more...)

1849

Rival Shakespearean Actors Spark Class Riot

On this day in 1849, a professional feud between an English and American theater actor, fueled by jingoism and class warfare, erupted into the violent Astor Place Riot outside the tony Astor Place … (more...)