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Old 05-10-2016, 04:12 AM   #54
Gravdigr
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May 10

28 B.C. - The first recorded observation of a sunspot, by Chinese Han Dynasty astronomers.

70 - Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, opens a full-scale assault on Jerusalem.

1291 – Scottish nobles recognize the authority of Edward I of England pending the selection of a king.

1497 – Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz, Spain for his first voyage to the New World.

1503 – Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman Islands and names them Las Tortugas after the numerous turtles there.

1773 – The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.

1774 – Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette become King and Queen of France.

1824 – The National Gallery in London opens to the public.

1865 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, is captured by Union troops near Irwinville, Georgia.

American Civil War: In Kentucky, Union soldiers ambush and mortally wound Confederate raider William Quantrill, who lingers until his death on June 6.

1869 – The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah with the golden spike.

1872 – Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for President of the United States.

1904 – The Horch & Cir. Motorwagenwerke AG is founded. It would eventually become the Audi company.

1916 – Sailing in the lifeboat James Caird, Ernest Shackleton arrives at South Georgia after a journey of 800 nautical miles from Elephant Island.

1954 – Bill Haley & His Comets release "Rock Around the Clock", the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts.

1960 – The nuclear submarine USS Triton completes Operation Sandblast, the first underwater circumnavigation of the earth.

1962 – Marvel Comics publishes the first issue of The Incredible Hulk.

1972 – First flight of the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II (a.k.a. "Warthog").

1994 – Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first black president.

2002 – F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for selling United States secrets to Moscow.

2005 – A hand grenade thrown by Vladimir Arutyunian lands about 65 feet (20 meters) from U.S. President George W. Bush while he is giving a speech to a crowd in Tbilisi, Georgia, but it malfunctions and does not detonate.

2013 – One World Trade Center becomes the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Births

1838 – John Wilkes Booth; 1899 – Fred Astaire; 1902 – David O. Selznick; 1909 – Maybelle Carter "Mother Maybelle"; 1922 – Nancy Walker; 1933 – Barbara Taylor Bradford; 1940 – Wayne Dyer; 1946 – Donovan, Graham Gouldman, Dave Mason; 1955 – Mark David Chapman; 1957 – Sid Vicious; 1958 – Rick Santorum; 1960 – Bono; 1965 – Linda Evangelista; 1975 – Hélio Castroneves; 1978 – Kenan Thompson

Deaths

1774 – Louis XV of France; 1798 – George Vancouver (namesake of Vancouver Island, and Vancouver, British Columbia); 1818 – Paul Revere; 1863 – Stonewall Jackson; 1977 – Joan Crawford; 1994 – John Wayne Gacy; 1999 – Shel Silverstein; 2010 – Frank Frazetta; 2012 – Carroll Shelby; 2015 – Chris Burden
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