On This Day for 9th May

Historical Events

  • 1386 Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England (the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force)
  • 1941 British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen
  • 1945 World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day
  • 1960 US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill
  • 1962 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone

Did You Know?

US President Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother's Day

On May 9th, 1914

Famous Weddings

  • 1942 Physicist Robert Hofstadter (27) weds Nancy Givan
  • 1987 Actor Tom Cruise (27) & actress Mimi Rogers (33), marry
  • 2000 Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres (25) weds singer-songwriter Marc Anthony (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2004 "Underworld" director Len Wiseman (31) weds actress Kate Beckinsale (30) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California
  • 2005 Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Famous Divorces

  • 2008 "The View" former co-host Star Jones (46) divorces investment banker Al Reynolds (39) after three-and-a-half years of marriage