Historical Political Events for May 10

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Year Event
1857 The Sepoy Mutiny: Indian soldiers of the British Indian Army, drawn mostly from Muslim units from Bengal, mutinied in Meerut, a cantonment eighty kilometers northeast of Delhi. In the bloody uprising at the garrison in Meerut, the mutineers murdered every European they found.
1861 St. Louis Massacre: As he was marching his prisoners to the Federal Arsenal in St. Louis for internment, an angry mob gathered around Capt. Lyons and his "Home Guard", who opened fire on the civilians, killing 38.
1865 Jefferson Davis, president of the fallen Confederate government (U.S. "War Between the States"), was captured with his wife and entourage near Irwinville, Georgia.
1886 The U.S. Supreme declares corporations to have all the rights and benefits as persons in "SANTA CLARA COUNTY v. SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY".
1893 In Nix vs Hedden, 149 U.S. 304 (1893), the U.S. Supreme Court declares the tomato to be a vegetable (and therefore subject to the tariff), a decision scientists have had trouble with to this day.
1948 President Truman orders the Army to operate the railroads to prevent a nationwide rail strike {pdf} (PDF File!). They will remain in control until 1952.
1950 "NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION ACT OF 1950" becomes law. Provides taxpayer support to scientists and university researchers, enabling fundamental research into such interesting subjects as "How old is the universe and what good is it anyway?"
1979 The Federated States of Micronesia (Yap, Pohnpei, Truk, and Kosrae) came into existence.
1997 Today's Health Advisory: Eggs can be bad for your health according to CSPI. Get over it. More bad stuff here.
2005 President George W. Bush (R) signs the Real ID Act which was attached to a bigger bill with billions of dollars he wanted, the funding for the Iraq war. Allegedly, the politicians that imposed this requirement for a national ID card, never bothered to even read the bill.
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Quote of
the Day
Falsehood is never so successful as when she baits her hook with truth, and no opinions so fatally mislead us, as those that are not wholly wrong; as no watches so effectually deceive the wearer as those that are sometimes right.
    — C. C. Colton
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