On This Day

What Happened on May 9, 2012

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board
  • Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama

Famous Deaths

  • Alexander Fenton, CEO (Euro Ethnological Research Center in Edinburgh), dies at 82

Person of interestVidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon, British-American hair stylist and CEO of Vidal Sasson, dies from leukemia at 84

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Vidal Sassoon