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this day in Herstory
5/10/2012 - DB Metzger

Ben’s rod strikes lightening. The Central and Pacific Railroads come together. J. Edgar Hoover is appointed head of the FBI. The first Planetarium opens in Chicago, Joan Crawford dies and Laverne and Shirley last airs on ABC. Elizabeth Cady marries, but refused to use the word “obey” in the ceremony. And Nelson Mandela is sworn in after 27 hears in a South African Prison.

1752 Benjamin Franklin tests his Lightening Rod for the first time. Did you know that Franklin’s invention was condemned by many early Christians as an insult to almighty god?

1797 The first Navy ship, the "United States" is launched

1823 the first steamboat ( The Virginia) navigates the Mississippi River and arrives at Fort Snelling

1869 The U.S. Pacific railroad was completed when it met the Central Pacific in Promontory Utah

1924 J.Edgar Hoover was appointed director of the FBI.. And as for the internet rumor as to whether Hoover was descended from African Americans let your mouse do the walking

1930 the first Planetarium opened in Chicago. The Adler.

1940 Winston Churchill succeeds Neville Chamberlain as British PM

1961 "Beyond the Fringe" premieres in London

1969 The National and American Football League announcedplans to merge for the 1970-71 season.

1977 Joan Crawford actress (Mildred Pierce), dies at 69

1982 Music radio 77 WABC goes to an all talk format. Can youimagine which was the last song played? Hint, It was by Post Beatle John Lennon.

1983 "Laverne & Shirley" last airs on ABC-TV

1994 Nelson Mandela sworn in as first Black President of South Africa after spending 27 years in Prison.

Notable Birthdays

1800 Sarah Worthington (King Peter) (philanthropist)

1840 Elizabeth Cady married Henry Brewster Stanton, omitting the word "obey" form the ceremony

1872 Madeline McDowell Breckinridge - Kentucky reformer and suffragist

1902 David O Selznick Pittsburgh PA, producer (Gone With the Wind)

1919 Ella Grasso First women elected State Governor

1929 Fats Domino rocker (Blueberry Hill)almost didn’t make it through Katrina

1944 Judith Jamison (dancer, choreographer)



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