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May 10th In Pop Culture History

Mother's Day in Mexico is a set date of May 10th every year, unlike most other countries where it lands on a Sunday.

May 10 Annually (fiction) Wacking Day in Springfield, The Simpsons, Cartoon, TV

1503 - Columbus stumbled across the Cayman Islands and dubbed them Las Tortugas, after the numerous sea turtles.

1860 - The discovery of two new elements - caesium (Cs) and rubidium (Rb), was announced by German chemists, Robert Bunsen and Gustav Robert Kirchhoff to the Berlin Academy of Scientists.

1869 - Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads completed the Transcontinental Railroad.

1877 - US President Rutherford B. Hayes has the White House's first telephone installed in the 'telegraph room.'

1879 - America's first archaeological society was formed in Boston Mass., the Archaeological Institute of America.

1893 - The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883. Scientificaly, it is a fruit.

1924 - J. Edgar Hoover as named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation (now the FBI).

May 10, 1953 Birthday (fictional) John 'Hellblazer' Constantine, DC Comics

1975 - Sony's Betamax, the first home videocassette recorder, went on sale in Japan

1980 - The US Government gave Chrysler a $1.5 billion loan.

1986 # 1 Hit May 10, 1986 - May 16, 1986: Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls

1994 - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa.

2003 # 1 Hit May 10, 2003 - May 30, 2003: Sean Paul - Get Busy

2013 - One World Trade Center became the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, at 1,776 feet.

May 10th Celebrity Birthdays

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Carrie Underwood (1983)
Nancy Walker (1922)
Bono (1960)
Linda Evangelista (1965)
Kenan Thompson (1978)
Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)
Donovan (1946)
Sid Vicious (1957 - 1979)
I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
Bono was performing a concert in Ireland when he asked the audience for some quiet. Then, in the silence he starts to slowly clap his hands. Holding the audience in total silence, he said into the microphone, "Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies." A few seconds later a voice from the front row pierces the silence: "Well... stop clapping then!"

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