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This Day in History – May 10, 2011




1497 Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for 1st voyage to New World 1503 Columbus discovers Cayman Islands 1534 French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Newfoundland 1652 John Johnson, a free black, is granted 550 acres in Northampton VA 1752 Benjamin Franklins 1st tests the lightning rod 1775 2nd Continental Congress convened in Pennsylvania; issues paper currency for 1st time 1775 2nd Continental Congress names George Washington, supreme commander 1787 Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings 1797 1st Navy ship, the “United States” is launched 1823 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Fort Snelling 1865 President Jefferson Davis is captured by Union Cavalry in Irwinsville GA 1872 Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US president 1967 Hank Aaron only inside the park homerun (vs Jim Bunning) 1967 Keith Richards, Brian Jones & Mick Jagger arrested on drug charges 1968 Vietnam peace talks began in Paris between the US & North Vietnam 1969 US troops begin attack on Hill 937/Hamburger Hill]]]]> ]]>

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