Historical Events on May 9

  • 328 Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria.
  • 1092 Lincoln Cathedral consecrated
  • 1386 Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England (the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force)
  • 1450 'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated.
  • 1460 Court yard episcopal palace Atrecht has witch burnings

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1502 Columbus left Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1519 Austrian adel/burgerij in uprising against central government
  • 1573 Polish Parliament selects Duke of Anjou as king
  • 1588 Duke Henri de Guise's troops occupy Paris
  • 1671 Col Thomas Blood attempts to steal Crown Jewels
  • 1689 English King William III declares war on France
  • 1726 Five men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap's molly house in London are executed at Tyburn.
  • 1738 England routes fleet in Mediterranean Sea & West-Indies
  • 1753 King Louis XV disbands French parliament
  • 1754 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake "Join or Die"
  • 1766 John Byron back in England after trip around the world

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1768 John Hancock pays duties on 25 pipes of wine, only one fourth of his ship's carrying capacity, and British officials accuse him of unloading the rest during the night to avoid paying the duties on the entire cargo

Statesman John Hancock
John Hancock
  • 1785 British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
  • 1788 British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade

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1836 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin departs Port Louis, Mauritius

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1837 "Sherrod" burns in Mississippi River below Natchez Miss; 175 dies
  • 1846 Battle of Resaca de la Palma-US sends Mexico back to Rio Grande
  • 1862 Battle of Farmington, MS
  • 1862 Battle of Ft Pickens, FL (Pensacola), evacuated by CS
  • 1862 US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis MD to Newport, RI
  • 1864 -20] Skirmish at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia
  • 1864 Battle of Cloyd's Mt, & Swift Creek, VA (Drewery's Bluff, Ft Darling)
  • 1864 Ship battle at Helgoland, Austria-Denmark
  • 1868 Anton Bruckner's 1st Symphony in C, premieres
  • 1868 The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded.
  • 1873 Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression.
  • 1874 Victoria Embankment, in London opens
  • 1874 The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, plying two routes.
  • 1877 Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of Romania.
  • 1882 Telegraph Hill RR Co (Cable Cars) in San Francisco organized
  • 1887 Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London
  • 1889 15th Kentucky Derby: Thomas Kiley aboard Spokane wins in 2:34.50
  • 1896 1st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models)
  • 1899 John Burr patents an improved rotary blade lawn mower in the US
  • 1901 Cleve's Earl Moore no-hits Chicago White Sox 9 inn but loses in 10th 4-2
  • 1901 The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May
  • 1901 A financial panic begins in the USA following the struggle between two groups to control the railroads between the Great Lakes and the Pacific
  • 1904 The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine to exceed 100mph.
  • 1908 Dirk Fock becomes governor of Suriname
  • 1911 Fire breaks out at Empire Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1913 17th amendment provides for election of senators by popular vote
  • 1914 40th Kentucky Derby: John McCabe aboard Old Rosebud wins in 2:03.4

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1914 US President Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother's Day

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1914 J.T. Hearne becomes the first bowler to take 3000 first-class wickets.
  • 1915 German & French fight Battle of Artois
  • 1916 British-France Sykes-Picot meet over division of Turkey

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1922 The International Astronomical Union formally adopt Annie Jump Cannon's stellar classification system, which with only minor changes, is still used today

Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon
Annie Jump Cannon
  • 1925 Cornerstone for Hebrew University, Jerusalem laid

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1926 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
  • 1927 52nd Preakness: Whitey Abel aboard Bostonian wins in 2:01.6
  • 1927 Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia
  • 1927 The Australian Parliament first convenes in Canberra.
  • 1929 WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
  • 1930 55th Preakness: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:00.6

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1930 John Masefield is appointed British Poet Laureate by King George V

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1931 56th Preakness: George Ellis aboard Mate wins in 1:59
  • 1932 57th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8
  • 1932 Piccadilly Circus, London first lit by electricity
  • 1932 WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa merges with WHO to become WHO-WOC
  • 1933 Spanish anarchists call for general strike

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1934 Bradman out for a Cricket duck against Cambridge University!

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1936 1st KLM airplane to land on Bonaire
  • 1936 Italy takes Addis Abba, annexing Absynnia (Ethiopia)
  • 1937 Reds beat Phillies 21-10 (Ernie Lombardi goes 6 for 6)
  • 1939 Catholic church beatified the 1st Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha
  • 1941 British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen

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1941 Louis Buchalter is arraigned in New York state court on the 1936 Joseph Rosen murder along with three other murders

  • 1942 67th Preakness: Basil James aboard Alsab wins in 1:57
  • 1943 5th German Pantser army surrenders in Tunisia
  • 1943 Rotschild-Haddassh University Hospital opens
  • 1944 1st eye bank opens in New York
  • 1944 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes governor of Louisiana
  • 1944 Dutch resistance fighter Gerard Musch arrested
  • 1944 Joe McCarthy returns as Yankee manager after an illness
  • 1944 Russians recapture Crimea by taking Sevastopol
  • 1945 Czechoslovakia liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day)
  • 1945 Nazi propagandist Max Blokzijl arrested
  • 1945 New balata ball used in baseball, 50% livilier
  • 1945 Norwegian nazi collaborators Vidkun Quisling arrested
  • 1945 Victory celebration at Red Square
  • 1945 World War II: Partisans liberate Ljubljana.

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1945 World War II: Hermann Goering is captured by the United States Army.

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1945 World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day
  • 1945 World War II: The Channel Islands are formally liberated by the British.
  • 1946 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres
  • 1946 King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, replaced by his son Umberto II
  • 1949 Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London
  • 1949 Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco
  • 1950 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman calls for European community EGKS
  • 1950 Norman Dello Joco's premieres in Bronxville
  • 1951 Air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River
  • 1955 German Federal Republic (West Germany) joins NATO
  • 1956 First ascent of Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain.

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1956 War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan was finally signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration.

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • 1958 Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship

Film release premierFilm Release

1958 Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo", starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

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1959 Dorothy Rigney, husband John, & Hank Greenberg resign from White Sox

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1960 Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • 1960 US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill
  • 1961 Balt Oriole Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams (9 RBIs) vs Minnesota Twins
  • 1961 FCC Chairman Newton N Minow criticizes TV as a "vast wasteland"
  • 1961 Jim Gentile is 4th to hit grand slams in consecutive innings
  • 1962 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • 1962 Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1963 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1964 Khrushchev visits Egypt

Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev
Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1964 Peter & Gordon release "World Without Love"
  • 1965 Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert
  • 1965 Luna 5 launched (USSR) 1st attempt to soft land on Moon (fails)
  • 1966 1st black member of Federal Reserve Board (A F Brimmer)
  • 1966 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1967 1st flight of Fokker F-28 Fellowship
  • 1967 Gijsbert van Hall resigns as mayor of Amsterdam
  • 1969 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Billy Hardwick
  • 1969 Following his release from prison Ian Paisley, North Ireland Loyalist holds a 'victory' meeting
  • 1970 100,000s demonstrate against Vietnam War
  • 1971 23rd Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Jack Klugman & Jean Stapleton win
  • 1971 Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42)
  • 1971 Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes
  • 1971 Largest walk in crowd (31,626) in Balt Oriole history
  • 1971 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA San Antonio Alamo Golf Open

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1973 For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • 1974 US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment
  • 1975 Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m (world record)
  • 1976 "So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1976 Sally Little wins LPGA Ladies Masters at Moss Creek Golf Tournament
  • 1977 Hotel Poland in Amsterdam destroyed by fire, 33 killed
  • 1977 Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to Rep of Cameroon
  • 1977 Patty Hearst let out of jail
  • 1978 "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 performances

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1978 Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • 1978 Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
  • 1980 35 motorists die as a Liberian freighter rams a Tampa Bay Bridge
  • 1980 Slasher horror film "Friday the 13th" is released in US cinemas
  • 1981 Kazimiroff Blvd in Bronx named for a Bronx historian
  • 1982 "9" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 739 performances
  • 1982 Arthur Kopit's musical "Nine" premieres in NYC
  • 1982 Sally Little wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic

Music awardsMusic Awards

1983 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1984 Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000
  • 1984 Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings (started 5/8)
  • 1986 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • 1987 183 die aboard a Polish jetliner that crashes in Warsaw

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1987 Oriole Eddie Murray is 1st to switch hit HRs in 2 consecutive games

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1987 32nd Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "Hold Me Now" in Brussels

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1988 Australia's new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1988 Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms
  • 1989 "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • 1989 Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press
  • 1989 NY Mets Kevin Elster, errors after 88 errorless games at shortstop
  • 1989 NY Mets Rick Cerone, errors after 159 errorless games as catcher
  • 1989 VP Quayle say in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste"
  • 1990 NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur
  • 1990 Sampdoria of Italy win 30th European Cup Winner's Cup against Anderlecht of Belgium 2-0 in Gothenburg
  • 1990 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat Washington Capitals, 4 games to 0
  • 1991 Italian actress Laura Antonelli found guilty of cocaine possession (conviction overturned 2006)
  • 1991 Michael Landon appears on Tonight Show to talk about his cancer
  • 1992 America Cup finals begin in San Diego
  • 1992 Final episode of "Golden Girls" airs on NBC-TV
  • 1992 Michelle McLean, 19, of Namibia, crowned 41st Miss Universe
  • 1992 Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War.
  • 1992 Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial dedicated in Danvers (formally Salem Village) to mark 300 yr anniversary of trials
  • 1992 37th Eurovision Song Contest: Linda Martin for Ireland wins singing "Why Me" in Malmo
  • 1993 "Ain't Broadway Grand" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • 1993 "Song of Jacob Zulu" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • 1993 Landslide in Nambija Ecuador, kills 300
  • 1993 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • 1993 Mustapha Matura's "Playboy of West Indies" premieres in NYC
  • 1993 Paraguay holds its 1st pres & parliamentary elections in 50 years
  • 1994 "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances
  • 1994 Mass murderer Joel Rifkind found guilty in NY
  • 1995 Cleveland Indians tie record of scoring 8 runs before making an out, they beat Twins 10-0
  • 1995 Kinshasa, Zaire under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus
  • 1997 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
  • 1997 San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones
  • 1998 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing "Diva" in Birmingham
  • 1999 45th British Academy Television Awards: "Father Ted" Best Comedy, "The Cops" Best Drama
  • 2001 Accra Sports Stadium Disaster: 129 Ghanian football fans die in a stampede caused by the firing of teargas by police following a decision by the referee in a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko
  • 2002 The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected militants among them deported to several different countries.
  • 2002 In Kaspiysk, Russia, a remote-controlled bomb explodes during a holiday parade killing 43 and injuring at least 130.
  • 2004 Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya.

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2005 Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington
  • 2006 Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
  • 2006 George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history.
  • 2010 Oakland A's Dallas Braden becomes 19th pitcher to throw a perfect game (4-0 vs Tampa Bay)
  • 2012 Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars
  • 2012 A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board

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2012 United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same sex marriage

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2013 Everton Manager David Moyes is announced to become Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United (he only lasted 10 months)
  • 2015 A gun fight erupts in Macedonian town of Kumanovo between police and Albanian separatists adding to the government crisis