Wednesday, May 10, 2017
History for May 10 - On-This-Day.com
John Wilkes Booth 1838 - Stage actor, assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, Fred Astaire (Frederick Austerlitz) 1899 - Film and stage dancer, choreographer, singer, actor, David O. Selznick 1902 - Film producer ("Gone with the Wind")
Sid Vicious 1957 - Musician (Sex Pistols) - Sex Pistols Merchandise, "Bono" (Paul Hewson) 1960 - Musician (U2), Linda Evangelista 1965 - Model
1773 - The English Parliament passed the Tea Act, which taxed all tea in the U.S. colonies.
1840 - Mormon leader Joseph Smith moved his band of followers to Illinois to escape the hostilities they had experienced in Missouri.
1869 - Central Pacific and Union Pacific Rail Roads meet in Promontory, UT. A golden spike was driven in at the celebration of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.
1872 - Victoria Woodhull became the first woman nominated for the U.S. presidency.
1876 - "Washington's Inaugural Centenial March" was heard for the first time at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
1933 - The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.
1940 - Germany invaded Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.