This day in history

Friday, May 10, is the 130th day of 2013. There are 235 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Author Bel Kaufman is 102. Author Barbara Taylor Bradford is 80. Singer Donovan is 67. Singer Dave Mason is 67. Rock singer Bono (U2) is 53. Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is 50. Model Linda Evangelista is 48. Rapper Young MC is 46. Race car driver Helio Castroneves is 38. Actor Kenan Thompson is 35.

In 1774, Louis XVI acceded to the throne of France.


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

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In 1863, Confederate Lieutenant General Thomas ‘‘Stonewall’’ Jackson died of pneumonia, a complication resulting from being hit by friendly fire eight days earlier during the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.

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

In 1869, a golden spike was driven in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States.

In 1924, J. Edgar Hoover was given the job of FBI director.


In 1933, the Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.

In 2012, in Syria, bombs exploded outside a military intelligence building, killing 55 people.