Holidays Calendar for May 10, 2017

The citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia annually observe Constitution Day on May 10. This is a public holiday.

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is an ancient rite that marks the beginning of the rice growing season in many Asian countries. In Cambodia it is celebrated on the 4th day of the 6th lunar month's waning moon. It is one of the country's public holidays.

Vesak (also known as Vesakha, Wesak, Buddha Purnima, Buddha's Day, Buddha Jayanti) is one of the most important Buddhist holidays. It is sometimes referred to as Buddha's birthday, but Vesak actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Gautama Buddha.


Occupation safety plays an important role in life of every working man and woman around the world. Everyday they return home safe and sound, but never notice all people, who stand behind it. Occupation Safety and Health Professional Day (OSHPD) was established in the USA to honor these unsung heroes.


Book Day (Tag des Buches), also known as Free Book Day (Tag des freien Buches), is a German observance held on May 10 every year. It is another somber reminder of the Nazi regime’s monstrosities.

May 10 is Independence Day in Romania. Although the holiday celebrates one of the major events in the history of Romania, Independence Day is a working holiday.

May 10 is National Shrimp Day. Today you have a great opportunity to cook shrimps to celebrate the holiday.

Flower Festival is an annual celebration, that is held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Although this is an unofficial holiday, it became very popular in Azerbaijan.

Vesak is an important Buddhist holiday that celebrates the birth, enlightenment and passing of Gautama Buddha. In 1999, the General Assembly officially declared the Day of Vesak as a United Nations international day.


Mother's Day is usually celebrated in the spring, most often in May. For instance, El Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala celebrate Mother's Day on May 10. This is not a public holiday, that is why no one receives a day off, but at the same time it's one more reason to celebrate motherhood and show love and respect to all mothers.

Children's Day is celebrated in the Maldives every year on May 10. This holiday is awaited by children as well as by their parents and teachers.


This Day in History

  • 2012 Two car bombs were detonated outside of a military intelligence complex in Damascus, Syria, killing 55 people and injuring almost 400 others.
  • 2012 Died: Evelyn Bryan Johnson, nicknamed Mama Bird, American aviator who was the female pilot with the most number of flying hours in the world.
  • 2005 In Georgia, Vladimir Arutyunian attempted to assassinate US President George W. Bush and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.
  • 2001 Died: Deborah Walley, American actress who is primarily remembered for her role as Gidget in the 1961 film Gidget Goes Hawaiian.
  • 1999 Died: Shel Silverstein, also known as Uncle Shelby, American author of children's books, poet, screenwriter, cartoonist, and singer-songwriter.
  • 1994 Nelson Mandela was inaugurated, becoming the first black president of South Africa. His inauguration was televised to a billion viewers all over the world.
  • 1992 Born: Jake Zyrus (born Charice Pempengco), Filipino singer who is known for playing the role of Sunshine Corazon on the FOX TV series Gle (prior his gender transitioning to male).
  • 1977 Died: Joan Crawford (born Lucille Fay LeSueur), American film and television actress who won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Actress.
  • 1975 Sony released the Betamax videocassette tape recorder in Japan. Subsequently, the Betamax and VHS formats competed in a fierce format war.
  • 1967 Died: Lorenzo Bandini, Italian motor racing driver who raced in Formula One. He died in an accident during the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix.
  • 1957 Born: Sid Vicious (born John Simon Ritchie), English bass guitarist and vocalist primarily remembered as a member of the punk rock band The Sex Pistols.
  • 1955 Born: Mark David Chapman, American who is known for murdering John Lennon. He was imprisoned in 1981 and is still in prison, as of February 2015.
  • 1949 Born: Miuccia Prada, Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur behind the labels Prada and Miu Miu. Her grandfather Mario founded Prada.
  • 1938 Born: Marina Vlady (born Marina de Poliakoff-Baidaroff), French actress, winner of the Best Actress Award at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival.
  • 1933 The Nazis ceremoniously burnt approximately 25,000 volumes of "un-German" books. So an era of state censorship in the Third Reich began.
  • 1930 Born: George E. Smith, American applied physicist who was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Charles K. Kao and Willard S. Boyle.
  • 1927 John Edgar Hoover became the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (then the Bureau of Investigation). He served until his death in 1972.
  • 1923 Born: Heydar Aliyev, Azerbaijani general, politician, and statesman who served as the 3rd President of Azerbaijan from 1993 to 2003
  • 1899 Born: Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz), American dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, and musician whose career spanned more than seven decades.
  • 1889 Died: Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, Russian editor and writer, a major Russian satirist of the 19th century. He is best known for his novel The Golovlyov Family.
  • 1838 Born: John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor who is best remembered as the person who assassinated US President Abraham Lincoln.
  • 1829 Died: Thomas Young, English polymath who made significant contributions to solid mechanics, musical harmony, physiology, Egyptology and other fields.
  • 1824 The National Gallery in London opened to the public. At the time, it was located at Pall Mall. The gallery was founded by John Julius Angerstein.
  • 1798 Died: George Vancouver, English officer of the British Royal Navy best known for his 1791–1795 expedition. The Canadian city of Vancouver was named after him.
  • 1796 The Battle of Lodi was fought during the French Revolutionary Wars. French forces led by General Napoleon Bonapart defeated Austrian troops.
  • 1774 Died: Louis XV of France, known as Louis the Beloved, monarch of the House of Bourbon. He ruled the country from 1715 until his death.
  • 1773 The Parliament of Great Britain passed the Tea Act, granting the British East India Company a monopoly on the tea trade in North America.
  • 1760 Born: Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, French army officer who is known for creating La Marseillaise, the national anthem of France.
  • 1692 Died: Sarah Osborne, one of the first three women to be accused of witchcraft in the infamous Salem witch trails of 1692. She died in jail.
  • 1503 Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands and named them Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles he encountered.