On This Day

What Happened on May 9, 2001

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) and producer (b. 1919)
  • William T. Stearn, British botanist, dies at 90