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 - Rudolf Hess
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1941: Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland to try to negotiate a peace deal between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany. Hess, a prominent German politician who had been appointed deputy head of the Nazi Party in 1933, was immediately arrested and would be held in British custody until the end of World War II, when he was returned to Germany to stand trial in the Nuremberg Trials as a war criminal. He was sentenced to life in prison and committed suicide at the age of 93 while still imprisoned in 1987.


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