On This Day

What Happened on May 9, 1949

Historical Events

  • Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco

Prince of Monaco Rainier III
Prince of Monaco
Rainier III

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestBilly Joel

Billy Joel, American rock singer-songwriter, and piano player ("Piano Man"; "Just the Way You Are"; "Captain Jack"), born in The Bronx, New York

Pianist, Songwriter and Composer Billy Joel
Pianist, Songwriter and Composer
Billy Joel
  • Oleg Yuriyevich Atkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-10)

Famous Deaths

  • Louis II [Louis HonorĂ© Charles Antoine Grimaldi], Prince of Monaco, dies at 78
1949 Highlights

About May 9, 1949

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 72 years, 5 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Taurus