THIS DAY IN HISTORY 10/05


This Day in History 10/05

MAY 10TH

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1503 – Columbus discovers Cayman Islands

1775 – 2nd Continental Congress convenes in Pa issues paper currency for 1st time

1801 – First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America.

1908 – 1st Mother’s Day observed (Phila)

1936 – Nahas Pasja becomes premier of Egypt

1940 – Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British Prime Minister

1994 – Nelson Mandela sworn in as South Africa’s 1st black president

2012 – The Red Cross suspends all humanitarian work in Pakistan after a worker was kidnapped and killed

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS

1838 – John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor and assassin (President Lincoln)

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1899 – Fred Astaire, Omaha Neb, tap dancer/actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime)

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1909 – Maybelle Carter, Nickelsville Va, country singer (Johnny Cash Show)

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1957 – Sid Vicious, [John Simon Ritchie], London England, bassist (Sex Pistols)

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1960 – Bono [Paul Hewson], Dublin, Ireland, rocker (U2-Joshua Tree)

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FAMOUS DEATHS

1798 – George Vancouver, British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), dies at 40

1818 – Paul Revere, American patriot, dies

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1829 – Thomas Young, physicist/decipherer of Egyptian hierogolyphics, dies

1864 – Thomas Greeley Stevenson, Union brig-general, dies at about 27

1920 – John Wesley Hyatt, inventor/plastics pioneer, dies

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