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May 10 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on May 10th.

Today In …

1869 - A golden spike united the Union Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad forming the Transcontinental Railroad.

1924 - J. Edgar Hoover became the head of the F.B.I.

1940 - Winston Churchill became the U.K.’s Prime Minister.

1994 - Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as President of South Africa.

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Jim Abrahams the man behind the camera of “Airplane”, “Hot Shots” and “Ruthless People” was born in 1944.

Fred Astaire the actor/dancer who starred in “Shall We Dance” was born in 1899.

Bono the front man for the rock band U2 and humanitarian was born in 1960.

John Wilkes Booth who is best known as the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln was born in 1838.

”Mother” Maybelle Carter matriarch of music’s Carter family was born in 1909.

Donovan the singer of “Mellow Yellow” was born in 1946.

Linda Evangelista the Canadian model was born in 1965.

Thomas Lipton of Lipton Tea fame was born in 1850.

Dave Mason the singer/songwriter of “Feelin’ Alright” was born in 1946.

Gary Owens the actor and “Laugh In” announcer was born in 1936.

David O. Selznick the man behind the camera of “Gone With the Wind” was born in 1902.

Pat Summerall the former football player turned commentator was born in 1930.

Sid Vicious the bass player for the Sex Pistols was born in 1957.

Marvin Young a.k.a. Young MC the rap artist behind the song “Bust A Move” was born in 1967.

We Said Goodbye To…

Joan Crawford who starred in “Mildred Pierce” and “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” passed away in 1977 at the age of 72.

John Wayne Gacy the noted serial killer was executed in 1994 at the age of 52.

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson the Major General of the Confederate Army during the Civil War passed away in 1863 at the age of 39.

Paul Revere the legendary Revolutionary War patriot passed away in 1818 at the age of 83.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1986 - “West End Girls” by the Pet Shop Boys
2003 - “Get Busy” by Sean Paul

TV Moments In…

1983 - The last episode of “Laverne & Shirley” aired on ABC.

Movie Moments In...

1996 - “Twister” starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton was released.

Famous Marriages

1986 - Tommy Lee and Heather Locklear were married.

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