On This Day

What Happened on May 9

Important Events

  • 1386 Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England (oldest diplomatic alliance in the world still in force)
  • 1865 President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation declaring armed resistance in the South is virtually at an end; this is the commonly accepted end date of the American Civil War

May 9 in Film & TV

May 9 in Music

  • 1962 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone

May 9 in Sport

  • 2001 Accra Sports Stadium Disaster: 129 Ghanaian 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

Did You Know?

US President Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother's Day

On May 9, 1914

Would You Believe?

Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars

On May 9, 2012

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 2008 "The View" former co-host Star Jones (46) divorces investment banker Al Reynolds (39) after three-and-a-half years of marriage

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