May 10: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1773 - The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
- 1775 - American Revolutionary War: Representatives from the Thirteen Colonies begin the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
- 1869 - The First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah (not Promontory Point, Utah) with the golden spike.
- 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.
- 2013 - The Freedom Tower becomes the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
- Famous Birthdays: Jean-Marie Leclair (French violinist and composer), Augustin-Jean Fresnel (French physicist and engineer), William Henry Barlow (English engineer), John Wilkes Booth (American actor, assassin of Abraham Lincoln), George E. Smith (American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate)
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