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 - Ernest Shackleton
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1916: Sailing in the lifeboat James Caird, Ernest Shackleton and five men of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition arrive at South Georgia after a 16-day journey of 800 nautical miles from the uninhabited Elephant Island. The effort was a rescue mission for the rest of the crew of the ship Endurance, which had become stuck in the ice and sunk before reaching Antarctica. Shackleton was able to organize a relief effort and return the rest of his men home without loss of life. The rescue expedition is seen here departing Elephant Island on April 24, 1916.


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