On this Day May 10
1969 – “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures),” by The 5th Dimension, is in the middle of six weeks on top of the pop chart. Billboard has ranked the medley at 66th place in its “Greatest Songs of All Time” survey. It was originally written for the 1967 musical, “Hair.”
1999 – Poet, cartoonist and children’s book author Shel Silverstein, who also wrote songs like “Cover of a Rolling Stone,” “Sylvia’s Mother” (both hits for Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) and Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue,” dies of a heart attack at age 68.
1869 – The heads of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific meet in Promontory, Utah, and drive a ceremonial golden spike into the track that connects their lines. Completion of the transcontinental railroad made the American West easily accessible, paving the way for trade, business and population growth.
1924 – J. Edgar Hoover is named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation (now the FBI). By the end of the year, he is promoted to director, beginning a 48-year tenure in power during which he personally shapes American criminal justice in the 20th century.
1970 – Bobby Orr scores the winning goal 40 seconds into sudden-death overtime to lift the Boston Bruins over the St. Louis Blues for the Stanley Cup title — the Bruins’ first championship in 29 years.
1980 – Decades before the GM-bailout, the nearly bankrupt Chrysler Corporation secures $1.5 billion in federal loan guarantees — the largest rescue package ever granted by the U.S. government to an American corporation at that time.
Own a Piece of This Day
Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
Stephen E. Ambrose
Starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson and Zachary Scott, and directed by Michael Curtiz