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Today in History
May 10

1285 Philip III of Spain is succeeded by Philip IV (“the Fair”).
1503 Christopher Columbus discovers the Cayman Islands.
1676 Bacon’s Rebellion begins in the New World.
1773 To keep the troubled East India Company afloat, Parliament passes the Tea Act, taxing all tea in the American colonies.
1774 Louis XVI succeeds his father Louis XV as King of France.
1775 American troops capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British.
1794 Elizabeth, the sister of King Louis XVI, is beheaded.
1796 Napoleon Bonaparte wins a brilliant victory against the Austrians at Lodi bridge in Italy.
1840 Mormon leader Joseph Smith moves his band of followers to Illinois to escape the hostilities they experienced in Missouri.
1857 The Bengal Army in India revolts against the British.
1863 General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson succumbs to illness and wounds received during the Battle of Chancellorsville.
1865 Union cavalry troops capture Confederate President Jefferson Davis near Irvinville, Georgia.
1869 The Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads meet in Promontory, Utah.
1859 French emperor Napoleon III leaves Paris to join his troops preparing to battle the Austrian army in Northern Italy.
1872 Victoria Woodhull becomes first the woman nominated for U.S. president.
1917 Allied ships get destroyer escorts to fend off German attacks in the Atlantic.
1924 J. Edgar Hoover is appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
1928 WGY-TV in Schenectady, New York, begins regular television programming.
1933 Nazis begin burning books by “unGerman” writers such as Heinrich Mann and Erich Maria Remarque, author of All Quiet on the Western Front.
1940 German forces begin a blitzkrieg of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, skirting France’s “impenetrable” Maginot Line.
1940 Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister.
1941 England’s House of Commons is destroyed during the worst of the London Blitz: 550 German bombers drop 100,000 incendiary bombs.
1960 The USS Nautilus completes the first circumnavigation of the globe underwater.
1994 Nelson Mandela is sworn in as South Africa’s first black president.
Born on May 10
1730 George Ross, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1813 Montgomery Blair, lawyer.
1838 John Wilkes Booth, actor, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln.
1886 Karl Barth, Swiss theologian.
1899 Fred Astaire (Frederick Austerlitz), American dancer and actor.
1902 David O. Selznick, film producer (Gone with the Wind, Rebecca).
1908 Carl Albert, U.S. politician.
1920 Richard Adams, English novelist (Watership Down).
1937 Arthur Kopit, American playwright.
1944 Judith Jamison, American ballerina.