The Quick 10: 10 Other Things That Happened on Cinco de Mayo

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10 Other Things That Happened on Cinco de Mayo

1. 1494 - Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Jamaica and claimed it for Spain.

2. 1809 - Mary Kies became the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.

3. 1818 - Karl Marx, German political philosopher, was born.

4. 1821 - Napoleon I of France died.

5. 1865 - The first U.S. train robbery takes place in North Bend, Ohio.

6. 1891 - Carnegie Hall in NYC opens for the first time. Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.

7. 1904 - Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball.

8. 1925 - John T. Scopes is served an arrest warrant for teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act.

9. 1961 - Alan B. Shepard, Jr., became America's first space traveler when he made a 15-minute suborbital flight in a capsule launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

10. 1982 - A Unabomber bomb explodes in the computer science department at Vanderbilt University; secretary Janet Smith is injured.

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