This Day In History – May 10th

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There have been thousands of these days in the past and more to come.

Each day of the week we look in the rear view mirror for a look back in time. Let’s go back in time to all the events, birthdays and more that have happened on May 10th in the past.

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Let’s go back in time to see everything that happened on this day in history

28 BC – Han dynasty astronomers discovered one of the earliest dates sunspots
1497 – Amerigo Vespucci allegedly left Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World
1773 – The Parliament of Great Britain passed the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by reducing taxes on its tea and granting it the right to sell tea directly to North America which led to the Boston Tea Party
1774 – Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette became King and Queen of France.
1775 – Representatives from the Thirteen Colonies opened the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia
1865 – Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union forces in Irwinville, Georgia
1869 – The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, was completed at Promontory Summit, Utah with the golden spike
1872 – Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for President of the United States
1904 – The Horch & Cir. Motorwagenwerke AG was founded and would change its name later to Audi
1908 – The first “Mother’s Day” is observed in Grafton, West Virginia
1924 – J. Edgar Hoover was appointed first Director of the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and remained until his death in 1972
1930 – The Adler Planetarium opened to the public in Chicago
1933 – To ‘re-educate’ and ‘program’ the people, Nazi’s began massive book burnings, sound familiar?
1940 – German fighters accidentally bombed their own city of Freiburg
1940 – Germany began raids on British shipping convoys and military airfields
1940 – Winston Churchill was appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after Neville Chamberlain resigned
1941 – Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission
1946 – The U.S. launched its first successful V-2 rocket at White Sands
1954 – “Rock Around The Clock” was released by Bill Haley & The Comets.
It would go on to become the first ‘Rock N’ Roll’ song to hit #1 on Billboard’s charts
1960 – The first underwater circumnavigation of Earth was completed by the USS Triton which began in February
1962 – The first issue of Marvel Comics’ was published
1964 – The American Cancer Society announced that smoking has shown to lead to an increased chance of having a heart attack
1965 – Warren Buffet gets control interest over Berkshire-Hathaway, The stock was 20 bucks a share, today, one share of that share in your possession from that time would be worth over 125,000 per share
1969 – The National and American Football Leagues announced their plans to merge for the 1970-71 season
1975 – The first Betamax was introduced in Japan
1981 – François Mitterrand won the presidential election in France making him the first Socialist President in the nation’s history
1986 – Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the Blue Angels team
1990 – China released 211 people arrested during the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989
1994 – Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first black president
1994 – John Wayne Gacy was finally executed
1999 – The Cezanne painting “Still Life With Curtain, Pitcher and Bowl of Fruit” sold for 60.5 million
2001 – Boeing Co. announced that it would be moving its headquarters to Chicago
2002 – Traitor FBI agent Robert Hanssen was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Russia for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds
2002 – Dr. Pepper announced that it would be introducing a new flavor, Red Fusion, for the first time in 117 years
2010 – Singer, actress, civil rights activist Lena Horne passed away
2012 – Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon passed away
2011 – It was announced that Microsoft had closed a deal to purchase the internet phone service Skype for $8.5 billion
2013 – Upon completion and opening, One World Trade Center became the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

BORN ON THIS DAY
1838 – The man who shot Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, passed in 1865
1899 – Dancer, actor Fred Astaire, passed in 1987
1922 – The quicker picker upper, actress, singer and director Nancy Walker, passed in 1992
1930 – Sports broadcasting icon Pat Summerall

1936 – The voice… Gary Owens

1938 – The Spinners’ Henry Fambrough

1944 – Jim Abrahams, director, writer (Airplane and more)

1945 – 10cc’s Graham Gouldman

1946 – Donovan, born Donovan Philips Leitch

1946 – Traffic’s, singer, songwriter Dave Mason
1947 – ‘Thunder Island”. Singer, musician Jay Ferguson who started with the group Spirit

1951 – The Dramatics’ Ron Banks (Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get)

1952 – Reggae’s expanding with Sly and Robbie. Sly Dunbar

1957 – The Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious
1960 – Paul Hewson who’d become U2’s “Bono”

1967 – Bust A Move! Young MC