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Wednesday 10 May 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Events

  • 2002 – FBI agent Robert Hanssen is sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for selling United States secrets to Russia for $1.4 million in cash and diamonds.
  • 1994 – Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa's first black president.
  • 1981 – François Mitterrand wins the presidential election and becomes the first Socialist President of France in the French Fifth Republic.
  • 1972 – In the Vietnam War, the US had two fighter ace crews. The USAF's Ritchie and DeBellevue scored their first kill while the USN's Cunningham and Driscoll scored their third, fourth and fifth kills.
  • 1962 – Marvel Comics publishes the first issue of The Incredible Hulk.
  • 1960 – The nuclear submarine USS Triton completes Operation Sandblast, the first underwater circumnavigation of the earth.
  • 1954 – Bill Haley & His Comets release "Rock Around the Clock", the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts.
  • 1946 – First successful launch of an American V-2 rocket at White Sands Proving Ground.
  • 1924 – J. Edgar Hoover is appointed first Director of the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and remains so until his death in 1972.
  • 1922 – The United States annexes the Kingman Reef.
  • 1908 – Mother's Day is observed for the first time in the United States, in Grafton, West Virginia.
  • 1904 – The Horch & Cir. Motorwagenwerke AG is founded. It would eventually become the Audi company.
  • 1872 – Victoria Woodhull becomes the first woman nominated for President of the United States.
  • 1869 – The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah with the golden spike.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: In Kentucky, Union soldiers ambush and mortally wound Confederate raider William Quantrill, who lingers until his death on June 6.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is captured by U.S. troops near Irwinville, Georgia.
  • 1864 – American Civil War: Colonel Emory Upton leads a 10-regiment "Attack-in-depth" assault against the Confederate works at The Battle of Spotsylvania, which, though ultimately unsuccessful, would provide the idea for the massive assault against the Bloody Angle on May 12. Upton is slightly wounded but is immediately promoted to brigadier general.
  • 1857 – Indian Rebellion of 1857: In India, the first war of Independence begins. Sepoys mutiny against their commanding officers at Meerut.
  • 1801 – First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America.
  • 1796 – War of the First Coalition: Napoleon I of France wins a victory against Austrian forces at Lodi bridge over the Adda River in Italy. The Austrians lose some 2,000 men.
  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: A small Colonial militia led by Ethan Allen and Colonel Benedict Arnold captures Fort Ticonderoga.
  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: Representatives from the Thirteen Colonies begin the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
  • 1773 – The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
  • 1497 – Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World.

Births

  • 1996 – Tyus Jones, American basketball player
  • 1995 – Missy Franklin, American swimmer
  • 1987 – Wilson Chandler, American basketball player
  • 1978 – Kenan Thompson, American actor
  • 1975 – Adam Deadmarsh, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • 1971 – Craig Mack, American rapper and producer
  • 1970 – Gabriela Montero, Venezuelan-American pianist
  • 1969 – John Scalzi, American author and blogger
  • 1965 – Rony Seikaly, Lebanese-American basketball player and radio host
  • 1963 – Lisa Nowak, American commander and astronaut
  • 1960 – Dean Heller, American lawyer and politician, 15th Secretary of State of Nevada
  • 1959 – Danny Schayes, American basketball player
  • 1959 – Victoria Rowell, American actress
  • 1958 – Rick Santorum, American lawyer and politician
  • 1955 – Mark David Chapman, American murderer
  • 1948 – Meg Foster, American actress
  • 1947 – Caroline B. Cooney, American author
  • 1944 – Jim Abrahams, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1942 – Jim Calhoun, American basketball player and coach
  • 1940 – Arthur Alexander, American country-soul singer-songwriter (d. 1993)
  • 1940 – Wayne Dyer, American author and educator (d. 2015)
  • 1938 – Henry Fambrough, American soul singer
  • 1935 – Larry Williams, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (d. 1980)
  • 1933 – Barbara Taylor Bradford, English-American author
  • 1930 – George E. Smith, American physicist and engineer, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1930 – Pat Summerall, American football player and sportscaster (d. 2013)
  • 1929 – George Coe, American actor and producer (d. 2015)
  • 1927 – Mike Souchak, American golfer (d. 2008)
  • 1922 – Nancy Walker, American actress, singer, and director (d. 1992)
  • 1918 – T. Berry Brazelton, American pediatrician and author
  • 1916 – Milton Babbitt, American composer and educator (d. 2011)
  • 1911 – Bel Kaufman, American author and educator (d. 2014)
  • 1909 – Maybelle Carter, American autoharp player (d. 1978)
  • 1908 – Carl Albert, American lawyer and politician, 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 2000)
  • 1902 – Anatole Litvak, Ukrainian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1974)
  • 1902 – David O. Selznick, American director and producer (d. 1965)
  • 1901 – Hildrus Poindexter, American bacteriologist (d. 1987)
  • 1900 – Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, English-American astronomer and astrophysicist (d. 1979)
  • 1899 – Fred Astaire, American actor, singer, and dancer (d. 1987)
  • 1898 – Ariel Durant, American historian and author (d. 1981)
  • 1894 – Dimitri Tiomkin, Ukrainian-American composer and conductor (d. 1979)
  • 1893 – Tonita Peña, San Ildefonso Pueblo (Native American) artist (d. 1949)
  • 1889 – Mae Murray, American actress (d. 1965)
  • 1888 – Max Steiner, Austrian-American composer and conductor (d. 1971)
  • 1886 – Felix Manalo, Filipino religious leader, founded Iglesia ni Cristo (d. 1963)
  • 1841 – James Gordon Bennett, Jr., American publisher and broadcaster, co-founded Commercial Cable Company (d. 1918)
  • 1838 – John Wilkes Booth, American actor, assassin of Abraham Lincoln (d. 1865)
  • 1813 – Montgomery Blair, American lieutenant and politician, 20th United States Postmaster General (d. 1883)
  • 1755 – Robert Gray, American captain and explorer (d. 1806)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Chris Burden, American sculptor, illustrator, and academic (b. 1946)
  • 2014 – Patrick Lucey, American soldier and politician, 38th Governor of Wisconsin (b. 1918)
  • 2012 – Carroll Shelby, American race car driver and designer (b. 1923)
  • 2010 – Frank Frazetta, American illustrator and painter (b. 1928)
  • 2006 – A. M. Rosenthal, Canadian-American journalist (b. 1922)
  • 2006 – Soraya, Colombian-American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1969)
  • 2005 – David Wayne, American singer-songwriter (b. 1958)
  • 2003 – Milan Vukcevich, Serbian-American chemist and chess player (b. 1937)
  • 2000 – Dick Sprang, American illustrator (b. 1915)
  • 1999 – Shel Silverstein, American poet, author, and illustrator (b. 1930)
  • 1990 – Walker Percy, American novelist and essayist (b. 1916)
  • 1989 – Woody Shaw, American trumpet player, composer, and bandleader (b. 1944)
  • 1977 – Joan Crawford, American actress (year of birth disputed)
  • 1974 – Hal Mohr, American director and cinematographer (b. 1894)
  • 1968 – Scotty Beckett, American actor and singer (b. 1929)
  • 1868 – Henry Bennett, American lawyer and politician (b. 1808)
  • 1863 – Stonewall Jackson, American general (b. 1824)
  • 1818 – Paul Revere, American engraver and soldier (b. 1735)
  • 1717 – John Hathorne, American merchant and politician (b. 1641)
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