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Calendar for May 10th, 2014

1503: Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands and named them Las Tortugas after the numerous sea turtles there

Born 1746: Gaspard Monge (mathematician)

Born 1755: Robert Gray (sailor)

1774: Louis XVI became King of France

Died 1818: Paul Revere (patriot)

Born 1838: John Wilkes Booth (assassin)

Died 1863: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (Confederate Army general)

1869: Golden spike linked Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads at Promontory Point, Utah, creating the first continental railroad

1872: Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for President of the United States

1876: The Centennial Exhibition opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at which Caroline Shawk Brooks displayed her sculpture of a woman's face made out of butter. The rendering, Dreaming Iolanthe, sparked a movement of serious artistic butter sculpting in America. Butter sculptures remain a popular attraction at state fairs

Born 1888: Max Steiner (composer)

Born 1889: Mae Murray (actress)

Born 1899: Fred Astaire (actor & dancer)

1902: The Society of American Magicians was founded

1908: Mother's Day first celebrated, West Virginia

Born 1909: Maybelle Carter (country musician)

1924: J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Born 1946: Donovan Leitch (singer)

1960: First submerged voyage around world completed by submarine USS Triton

Born 1960: Bono (singer)

Died 1977: Joan Crawford (actress)

Born 1978: Kenan Thompson (actor)

1994: Nelson Mandela sworn in as first black president of South Africa

1997: An earthquake near Ardekul in northeastern Iran killed at least 2,400 people

Died 1999: Shel Silverstein (poet, author)

2002: FBI agent Robert Hanssen was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole for selling American secrets to Moscow

Died 2002: David Riesman (author)

2011: Sonic boom possibly due to meteor, Virginia Beach, Virginia


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