May 10 in Pop Culture History
Mother’s Day in Mexico is a set date of May 10th every year, unlike most other countries where it lands on a Sunday.
1503 – Columbus stumbled across the Cayman Islands and dubbed them Las Tortugas, after the numerous sea turtles.
1860 – The discovery of two new elements – caesium (Cs) and rubidium (Rb), was announced by German chemists, Robert Bunsen and Gustav Robert Kirchhoff to the Berlin Academy of Scientists.
1869 – Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads completed the Transcontinental Railroad.
1877 – US President Rutherford B. Hayes has the White House’s first telephone installed in the ‘telegraph room.’
1879 – America’s first archaeological society was formed in Boston Mass., the Archaeological Institute of America.
1893 – The Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883. Scientifically, it is a fruit.
1924 – J. Edgar Hoover as named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation (now the FBI).
1975 – Sony’s Betamax, the first home videocassette recorder, went on sale in Japan
1980 – The US Government gave Chrysler a $1.5 billion loan.
1986 # 1 Hit May 10, 1986 – May 16, 1986: Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls
1994 – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was sworn in as the first black president of South Africa.
2003 # 1 Hit May 10, 2003 – May 30, 2003: Sean Paul – Get Busy
2013 – One World Trade Center became the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, at 1,776 feet.