Sunday, May 10, 2015

Today in History: Sunday, May 10, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On May 10, 1933, the Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.
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1774Louis XVI ascended the throne of France.
1775Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, N.Y.
1865Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Ga.
1869A golden spike was driven at Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States.
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1899Actor-dancer Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Neb.
1908The first Mother's Day observance took place during church services in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia.
1924J. Edgar Hoover was appointed director of the federal Bureau of Investigation - the forerunner of the FBI - a job he held until his death in 1972.
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1940British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned, and Winston Churchill formed a new government.
1941Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission.
1994The state of Illinois executed convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy for the murders of 33 young men and boys.
2002A 39-day standoff between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem ended with 13 suspected militants flown into European exile and 26 released into the Gaza Strip.
2003The New York Times announced that one of its reporters, Jayson Blair, had "committed frequent acts of journalistic fraud."
2005Germany dedicated a national Holocaust memorial.
2008Jenna Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush, married Henry Hager at the Bush family ranch in Crawford, Texas.
2010President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Rock singer Bono (U2) turns 55 years old today.
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Jim CalhounHall of Fame college basketball coach73
David ClennonActor72
Jim AbrahamsWriter, director ("Airplane!")71
DonovanFolk, rock singer69
Dave MasonRock singer (Traffic)69
Andrew CardFormer White House chief of staff68
Chris BermanSports anchor60
Rick SantorumFormer U.S. senator, R-Pa.57
Suzan-Lori ParksPlaywright52
Linda EvangelistaModel50
Young MCRapper48
Kenan ThompsonActor ("Saturday Night Live")37
Lauren PotterActress ("Glee")25
U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., turns 55 years old today.
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