On This Day

What Happened on May 9, 1926

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

  • Francis Kennedy, British diplomat
  • Joshua Hassan, chief minister (Gibralter)
  • Robin Cooke, pres (NZ Court of Appeal)

Famous Deaths

  • J. M. Dent, British publisher, dies at 77
1926 Highlights

About May 9, 1926

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 94 years and 3 months
Leap Year: No

Generation Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Taurus