May 10

1775

Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British.

1863

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson died after being accidentally shot by his own troops.

1869

The United States’ first transcontinental railroad was completed with a ceremony in Promontory Summit, Utah.

1924

J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI.

1940

Winston Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister.

1994

Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa's first black president.

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