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Calendar for May 10th, 2014

1500s

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

  • 1740s

  • Born 1746: Gaspard Monge (mathematician)

  • 1750s

  • Born 1755: Robert Gray (sailor)

  • 1770s

  • 1774: Louis XVI became King of France

  • 1810s

  • Died 1818: Paul Revere (patriot)

  • 1830s

  • Born 1838: John Wilkes Booth (assassin)

  • 1860s

  • 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

  • 1870s

  • 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

  • 1880s

  • Born 1888: Max Steiner (composer)

  • Born 1889: Mae Murray (actress)

  • 1890s

  • Born 1899: Fred Astaire (actor & dancer)

  • 1900s

  • 1902: The Society of American Magicians was founded

  • 1908: Mother's Day first celebrated, West Virginia

  • Born 1909: Maybelle Carter (country musician)

  • 1920s

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

  • 1940s

  • Born 1946: Donovan Leitch (singer)

  • 1960s

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

  • Born 1960: Bono (singer)

  • 1970s

  • Died 1977: Joan Crawford (actress)

  • Born 1978: Kenan Thompson (actor)

  • 1990s

  • 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)

  • 2000s

  • 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)

  • 2010s

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


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