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 - tomatoes
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1893: The Supreme Court of the United States in Nix v. Hedden affirms a lower court ruling that the tomato should be classified under customs regulations as a vegetable rather than a fruit. The Court's unanimous opinion held that the Tariff Act of 1883, which required a tax on imported vegetables but not fruits, used the ordinary meaning of the words "fruit" and "vegetable" instead of the technical botanical meaning. The case has been cited in three Supreme Court decisions as a precedent for court interpretation of common meanings, especially dictionary definitions.

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