On this day: May 10

POSTED: 02:38 PM PDT May 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 09, 2016 

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 - Hamburger Hill
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U.S. Army

1969: During the Vietnam War, the Battle of Dong Ap Bia begins with an assault by American and South Vietnamese forces on Hill 937. The heavily fortified hill, which was of little strategic value, would ultimately become known as Hamburger Hill. In total, the U.S. lost 72 soldiers, committed five infantry battalions and 10 batteries of artillery, flew 272 missions and expended more than 500 tons of ordnance during the 10-day battle only to quietly abandon the hill a couple weeks after capturing it. The controversy over the battle led to outrage back home and contributed to a growing negative public opinion about the war.


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