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On this day: May 10

POSTED: 02:38 PM PDT May 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 09, 2013 

The First Transcontinental Railroad is completed, "Rock Around the Clock" is released, The Incredible Hulk makes his debut, Wilt Chamberlain plays his last game, and Nelson Mandela is inaugurated, all on this day.

OTD May 10 - Church of the Nativity
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2002: A 39-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end with a negotiated deal allowing the armed Palestinian gunmen who had seized the church and taken hostages to surrender to Israeli forces. Thirty-six of the militants were sent to the Gaza Strip and the 13 most wanted were eventually transferred to British Army custody and extradited to Italy and Spain, after those countries agreed in principle to accept them.

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