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 - Fred Astaire
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1899: Dancer and actor Fred Astaire, known for movies such as "The Gay Divorcee," "Top Hat," "Swing Time," "Holiday Inn" and "Easter Parade," is born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska. Astaire, who is particularly associated with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made 10 films, died of pneumonia at age 88 on June 22, 1987.


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