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Interesting historical events that occurred on May 10…

May 9, 2012

Here we have May 10.  2012.  What happened today in history?  Here are some events:

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

1534 – Jacques Cartier visits Newfoundland.

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1775 – American Revolutionary War: A small Colonial militia led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold captures Fort Ticonderoga.

1837 – Panic of 1837New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.

1849 – Astor Place Riot: A riot breaks out at the Astor Opera House in ManhattanNew York City over a dispute between actors Edwin Forrest and William Charles Macready, killing at least 25 and injuring over 120.

1863 – American Civil WarConfederate General Stonewall Jackson dies eight days after he is accidentally shot by his own troops.

1864 – American Civil War: Colonel Emory Upton leads a 10-regiment “Attack-in-depth” assault against the Confederate works at The Battle of Spotsylvania, which, though ultimately unsuccessful, would provide the idea for the massive assault against the Bloody Angle on May 12. Upton is slightly wounded but is immediately promoted to Brigadier general.

1865 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is captured by Union troops near Irwinville, Georgia.

1865 – 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 SummitUtah (not Promontory Point, Utah) with the golden spike.

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

1893 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883.

1908 – Mother’s Day is observed for the first time in the United States, in Grafton, West Virginia.

1922 – The United States annex the Kingman Reef.

1924 – J. Edgar Hoover is appointed the Director of the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation, and remains so until his death in 1972.

1933 – Censorship: In Germany, the Nazis stage massive public book burnings.

1940 – World War II: Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

1941 – World War II: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany.

1946 – First successful launch of an American V-2 rocket at White Sands Proving Ground.

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.

1969 – Vietnam War: The Battle of Dong Ap Bia begins with an assault on Hill 937. It will ultimately become known as Hamburger Hill.

2002 – F.B.I. agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Moscow for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.

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

2008 – An EF4 tornado strikes the OklahomaKansas state line, killing 21 people and injuring over 100.


1755 – Robert Gray, American sea captain (d. 1806)

1838 – John Wilkes Booth, American actor and assassin of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1865)

1899 – Fred Astaire, American dancer and actor (d. 1987)

1902 – David O. Selznick, American film producer (d. 1965)

1915 – Sir Denis Thatcher, British businessman and husband of Margaret Thatcher (d. 2003)

1920 – Jeff Cooper, American Handgun Expert (d. 2006)

1930 – Pat Summerall, American football player and broadcaster

1946 – Donovan, Scottish musician

1958 – Rick Santorum, American politician

1967 – Young MC, American rapper


1818 – Paul Revere, American patriot (b. 1735)

1863 – Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, American Confederate general (b. 1824)

1977 – Joan Crawford, American actress (b. 1905)

1994 – John Wayne Gacy, American serial killer (b. 1942)




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