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 - Joan Crawford
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1977: Actress Joan Crawford dies at age 73 in New York City from a heart attack, while also reportedly ill with pancreatic cancer. Crawford, who was born Lucille Fay LeSueur, started out as a dancer and chorus girl in stage productions and went on to become an Academy Award-winning film and television actress. She was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1930s and won an Oscar for Best Actress for 1945's "Mildred Pierce." She earned two more Oscar nominations, for 1947's "Possessed" and 1952's "Sudden Fear," in a career that spanned nearly five decades. Some of her other memorable movies include "The Unknown," "Grand Hotel," "The Women," "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?," "The Damned Don't Cry," "Flamingo Road" and "Humoresque."

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