What Happened on May 9

Significant 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
  • 1901 The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May
  • 1941 British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen
  • 1945 World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day
  • 1960 US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill
  • 2018 Historic win in Malaysian general election by opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan led by 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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May 9 in Film & TV

  • 1958 "Vertigo", American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

May 9 in Music

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

May 9 in Sport

  • 2001 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

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

  • 1942 Physicist Robert Hofstadter (27) weds Nancy Givan
  • 1969 Actress Lana Turner marries for the 8th time to Ronald Dante
  • 1987 Actor Tom Cruise (27) & actress Mimi Rogers (33), marry
  • 2000 Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres (25) weds singer-songwriter Marc Anthony (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2004 "Underworld" director Len Wiseman (31) weds actress Kate Beckinsale (30) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California

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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