Today in History: May 10th

1940: Winston Churchill is called to replace Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister following the latter’s resignation after losing a confidence vote in the House of Commons. Churchill forms an all-party coalition and quickly wins the popular support of Britons. In his first speech Churchill declares that “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”

1920: The Canadian government sends its own ambassador to Washington, instead of being represented by the ambassador from Great Britain.

1877: President Rutherford Hayes has the first telephone installed in White House. He embraces the new technology, though he rarely receives phone calls as phone service is in its infancy in 1877. It will be another 50 years until President Hoover has the first telephone line installed on the President’s desk in the Oval Office.

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