What Happened on May 9, 1926

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1st flight over the North Pole claimed by Richard E. Byrd and co-pilot Floyd Bennett. Later discovery of Byrd's diary suggests they may have turned back 150 miles short of the pole due to an oil leak.

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd

Famous Birthdays

  • Alistair MacFarlane, principal (Heriot-Watt University England)
  • Francis Kennedy, British diplomat
  • Joshua Hassan, chief minister (Gibralter)
  • Robin Cooke, pres (NZ Court of Appeal)

Famous Deaths

  • Joseph Mallaby Dent, publisher, dies