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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY (An audio Podcast)

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HEADLINES:
On this date in:

1503 Christopher Columbus and his crew became the first Europeans to visit the Cayman Islands.

1774 Louis XVI ascended the throne of France.

1775 Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, N.Y.

1818 American patriot Paul Revere died in Boston.

1857 The Sepoy Rebellion broke out in colonial India, threatening the rule of the British East India Company.

1865 Union forces captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Irwinville, Ga.

1869 The First Transcontinental Railroad of North America was completed with a golden spike ceremony.

1899 Actor-dancer Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Neb.

1908 The first Mother's Day observance took place during church services in Grafton, W.Va., and Philadelphia.

1924 J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI, a job he held until his death in 1972.

1933 The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.

1940 British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned, and Winston Churchill formed a new government.

1941 Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission.

1968 Preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS TODAY:

67 Gary Owens Announcer (''Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In'')
60 Donovan Folk-rock singer
46 Bono Rock singer

THE HISTORY CHANNEL'S (commercial) VIDEO FOR THIS DATE

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