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 - Victoria Woodhull
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1872: In New York City, the newly formed Equal Rights Party nominates Victoria Woodhull for the U.S. presidency, making her the first woman to be so nominated. She would be arrested on obscenity charges a few days before the election for publishing an account of the alleged adulterous affair between the prominent minister Henry Ward Beecher and Elizabeth Tilton, preventing her from attempting to vote in the election. She did not receive any electoral votes, and there is conflicting evidence about how many popular votes she received.

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