May 10

1834 - Zion’s Camp continued their journey.  They passed through Mansfield, Ohio, and encamped in Richfield Township.

1837 - The panic of 1837 begins when U.S. banks in New York cease making specie payments.  The panic causes widespread bank closures throughout the United States causing an economic depression that contributes to the failure of the Kirtland Anti-Banking Safety Society.  This leads to apostasy among the Saints in Kirtland, Ohio, and forces the Prophet Joseph to eventually flee to safety in Missouri.

1839 - The Prophet Joseph and his family arrive in Commerce—later Nauvoo—Illinois, and move into a log home next to the Mississippi River “hoping that I and my friends may here find a resting place for a little season at least” (History of the Church, 3:349).  The house had been built by Hugh White who had sold it to Joseph a few days earlier.  The house becomes known as the Homestead.

1844 - Another court-martial was held by the leadership of the Nauvoo Legion, this time in the case of Surgeon-General Robert D. Foster who was charged of unbecoming and unofficer-like conduct.  The charge was sustained and Robert D. Foster was removed from his position.  Also, a prospectus of the Nauvoo Expositor was distributed in Nauvoo by apostates.

1847 - The original pioneer wagon train passed the confluence of the South and North Platte Rivers.  Brigham Young told Orson Pratt to take William Clayton’s proposal of making an instrument to attach to a wagon wheel to measure the miles traveled and see if it could be built.  By afternoon, Orson Pratt had designed what would become known as the “roadometer.”

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1869 - The first transcontinental railroad was completed with the driving of the golden spike at Promontory, Utah.  This ended the pioneer period of Church history as converts, missionaries, and Church leaders could now travel much faster by train instead of with horses or oxen and wagons.

1966 - Colombia is dedicated for the preaching of the gospel by Elder Spencer W. Kimball.

1995 - The Book of Mormon is released on video tape in American Sign Language.

2013 - Four delegates of the Church participated in a worldwide conference on religious and cultural dialog held May 10-12 in Skopje, Macedonia.  The gathering included government officials, religious representatives an scholars and was sponsored by the Republic of Macedonia and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.  The LDS delegation was led by Manfred Schutize.  This was the third time the Church was represented at the conference that is held every three years.