On This Day

What Happened on May 9, 2018

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Argentina announces talks with the IMF amid a new financial crisis with interest rates at 40%
  • Dam bursts after heavy rains near Solai, Kenya, killing at least 41

Election of InterestMalaysian 14th General Election

Historic win in Malaysian general election by opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan led by 92 year old former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, defeating Prime Minister Najib Razak and ending 61 years of rule by the Barisan Nasional coalition
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Dr. Mahathir (middle), after winning the Malaysian 14th general election
Dr. Mahathir (middle), after winning the Malaysian 14th general election

IndiaTaj Mahal

India's Supreme Court criticises the country’s archaeological conservation body for failing to protect the Taj Mahal from discoloration and green slime
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The Taj Mahal in all its glory, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan I for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal
The Taj Mahal in all its glory, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan I for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Iranians and their president Hassan Rouhani react angrily to President Trump pulling the US out the Iran Nuclear deal

President of Iran Hassan Rouhani
President of Iran
Hassan Rouhani
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Manchester City smashes EPL records in 3-1 win over Brighton - most goals (105), most points (97) and most wins (31)
  • Nicaraguan anti-government protests involving tens of thousands take place in Managua and Matagalpa y Chinandega
  • Oldest viral DNA, a form of hepatitis B, reported discovered in 7,000 year old skeleton found in Germany
  • Walmart takes a majority stake in Indian online retailer Flipkart for 16 billion

Famous Deaths

  • Delphine Gibson, American supercentenarian and former oldest person in the US, dies at 114 years and 265 days
  • Duke Friedrich of Württemberg, German aristocrat and heir to the House of Württemberg, dies at 56 in a traffic collision
  • Omar Daoud, Libyan footballer, dies in a traffic collision at 35
  • Poldine Carlo, American writer and Koyukon elder, dies at 97
  • Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Australian heroin smuggler (Bali Nine), dies of stomach cancer at 34