Historical Events on May 9

  • 328 Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria
  • 1092 Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated in Lincoln, England

Treaty of Interest

1386 Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England is ratified at Windsor cementing and strengthening ties between the two kingdoms (oldest diplomatic alliance still in force). The treaty guarantees the mutual security of both nations and strengthens commercial ties. [1]

  • 1450 'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated
  • 1460 Courtyard of the episcopal palace in Atrecht (akak Arras) has witch burnings

Historic Discovery

1502 Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his 4th and final trip to the New World

  • 1519 Austrian adel and burgerij in uprising against central government
  • 1573 Polish Parliament selects Duke of Anjou as king
  • 1588 Duke Henri de Guise's troops occupy Paris
  • 1671 Colonel Thomas Blood attempts to steal Crown Jewels of England and Scotland from the Tower of London, captured running from the tower with the jewels

Declaration of War

1689 English King William III declares war on France

  • 1726 Three men arrested during a February raid on Mother Clap's molly-house (a coffee house catering to homosexuals) in London are executed by hanging at Tyburn, England
  • 1738 Britain sends fleet to the Mediterranean Sea & West Indies
  • 1753 King Louis XV disbands French parliament
  • 1754 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake "Join or Die"
  • 1766 John Byron back in England after trip around the world

Historic Event

1768 John Hancock pays duties on 25 pipes of wine, only one fourth of his ship's carrying capacity. British officials accuse him of unloading the rest during the night to avoid paying duties on the entire cargo.

  • 1785 British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
  • 1788 British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade
  • 1793 Explorer Alexander Mackenzie sets out on his second expedition to the Pacific from Fort Fork (arrives at Pacific 22nd July)

Historic Publication

1816 Lady Caroline Lamb publishes the Gothic novel "Glenarvon", a thinly disguised account of her affair with Lord Byron which also depicts her husband William Lamb

  • 1837 "Sherrod" burns in the Mississippi River below Natchez, Mississippi; 175 die
  • 1846 Battle of Resaca de la Palma-US sends Mexico back to Rio Grande
  • 1862 Battle of Farmington, Mississippi
  • 1862 Battle of Fort Pickens, Florida, Pensacola evacuated by Confederates
  • 1862 US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis Maryland to Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1864 -20] Skirmish at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia
  • 1864 Battle of Cloyd's Mt, & Swift Creek, Virginia (Drewery's Bluff, Fort Darling)
  • 1864 Ship battle at Helgoland, Austria-Denmark

Historic Event

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

Music Premiere

1868 Anton Bruckner's 1st Symphony in C, premieres

  • 1868 The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded
  • 1873 Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression
  • 1874 London's Victoria Embankment opens
  • 1874 The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, plying two routes
  • 1877 Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day becomes the Independence Day of Romania.
  • 1882 Telegraph Hill RR Co (Cable Cars) in San Francisco organized
  • 1887 Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London
  • 1889 15th Kentucky Derby: Thomas Kiley aboard Spokane wins in 2:34.50
  • 1896 1st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models)
  • 1899 John Burr patents an improved rotary blade lawn mower in the US
  • 1901 A financial panic begins in the USA following the struggle between two groups to control the railroads between the Great Lakes and the Pacific
  • 1901 Cleveland's Earl Moore no-hits Chicago White Sox 9 inn but loses in 10th 4-2

First Australian Parliament

1901 The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May

  • 1904 The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine to exceed 100mph.
  • 1908 Dirk Fock becomes governor of Suriname
  • 1911 Fire breaks out at Empire Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1914 40th Kentucky Derby: John McCabe aboard Old Rosebud wins in 2:03.4
  • 1914 J.T. Hearne becomes the first bowler to take 3000 first-class wickets.

Historic Event

1914 US President Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother's Day

  • 1915 German & French fight Battle of Artois
  • 1916 British-France Sykes-Picot conference over division of Turkey
  • 1916 Disastrous wind-blown fire in Ellendale, North Dakota destroys three blocks of businesses, a church, and 21 homes

Historic Event

1922 The International Astronomical Union formally adopt Annie Jump Cannon's stellar classification system, which with only minor changes, is still used today

  • 1925 Cornerstone for Hebrew University, Jerusalem, laid

Historic Event

1926 1st flight over the North Pole claimed by Richard E. Byrd and co-pilot Floyd Bennett. Later discovery of Byrd's diary suggests they may have turned back 150 miles short of the pole due to an oil leak.

  • 1927 52nd Preakness: Whitey Abel aboard Bostonian wins in 2:01.6
  • 1927 Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia, and the Australian Parliament convenes there for the first time.
  • 1929 WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions

Sports History

1930 55th Preakness: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:00.6

Appointment of Interest

1930 John Masefield is appointed British Poet Laureate by King George V

  • 1931 56th Preakness: George Ellis aboard Mate wins in 1:59
  • 1932 57th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8
  • 1932 Piccadilly Circus, London, first lit by electricity
  • 1932 WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa merges with WHO to become WHO-WOC
  • 1933 Spanish anarchists call for general strike
  • 1936 1st KLM airplane to land on Bonaire
  • 1936 Italy takes Addis Abba, annexing Absynnia (Ethiopia)
  • 1937 Reds beat Phillies 21-10 (Ernie Lombardi goes 6 for 6)

Historic Event

1941 British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen

Murder of Interest

1941 Louis Buchalter is arraigned in New York state court on the 1936 Joseph Rosen murder along with three other murders

  • 1942 67th Preakness: Basil James aboard Alsab wins in 1:57
  • 1943 5th German Panzer army surrenders in Tunisia
  • 1943 Rotschild-Haddassh University Hospital opens
  • 1944 1st eye bank opens in New York
  • 1944 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes Governor of Louisiana
  • 1944 Dutch resistance fighter Gerard Musch arrested
  • 1944 Joe McCarthy returns as New York Yankees as manager after an illness
  • 1944 Russians recapture Crimea by taking Sevastopol
  • 1945 Czechoslovakia liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day)
  • 1945 Nazi propagandist Max Blokzijl arrested
  • 1945 New balata ball used in baseball, 50% livilier

Historic Event

1945 Norwegian nazi collaborators Vidkun Quisling arrested

  • 1945 Victory celebration at Red Square

Historic Event

1945 World War II: Hermann Goering is captured by the United States Army

  • 1945 World War II: Partisans liberate Ljubljana.
  • 1945 World War II: The Channel Islands are formally liberated by the British
  • 1945 World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day
  • 1946 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres

Historic Event

1946 King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by his son Umberto II who reigns for only 34 days before the monarchy is abolished

  • 1949 Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London

Historic Event

1949 Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco

  • 1950 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman calls for European community EGKS
  • 1950 Norman Dello Joio's opera, "The Triumph of St. Joan", premieres in Bronxville, New York
  • 1951 Air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River
  • 1955 German Federal Republic (West Germany) joins NATO
  • 1956 First ascent of Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain in the Nepalese Himalayas by Japanese climbers Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu

Historic Event

1956 War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan was finally signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration

Film Release

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

  • 1958 Russian Mikhail Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship

Sports History

1959 Dorothy Rigney, husband John, and Hank Greenberg resign from White Sox

  • 1960 Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • 1960 US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill
  • 1961 Baltimore Oriole Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams (9 RBIs) vs Minnesota Twins
  • 1961 FCC Chairman Newton N Minow criticizes TV as a "vast wasteland"
  • 1961 Jim Gentile is 4th to hit grand slams in consecutive innings
  • 1962 Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time
  • 1962 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone
  • 1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1963 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Historic Event

1964 Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visits Egypt

  • 1965 Luna 5 launched (USSR) 1st attempt to soft land on Moon (fails)
  • 1965 The Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert, at the Royal Albert Hall in London
  • 1966 1st black member of Federal Reserve Board (A F Brimmer)
  • 1966 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1967 1st flight of Fokker F-28 Fellowship
  • 1967 Gijs van Hall resigns as mayor of Amsterdam
  • 1969 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Billy Hardwick

Historic Event

1969 Following his release from prison Ian Paisley, North Ireland Loyalist holds a 'victory' meeting

  • 1971 23rd Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Jack Klugman & Jean Stapleton win
  • 1971 American Beth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes
  • 1971 Largest walk in crowd (31,626) in Baltimore Oriole history

Baseball Record

1973 For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game

  • 1974 US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment
  • 1975 Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m ('unofficial' world record, due to his professional status) in El Paso, Texas
  • 1976 "So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 1977 Hotel Poland in Amsterdam destroyed by fire, 33 killed
  • 1977 Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to Rep of Cameroon

Historic Event

1978 Corpse of kidnapped Italian ex-premier Aldo Moro found

  • 1978 Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
  • 1978 Musical review of Fats Waller songs "Ain't Misbehavin'" starring Nell Carter and Irene Cara, opens at Longacre Theater, NYC; runs for 1604 performances, winning 3 Drama Desk and 3 Tony Awards
  • 1979 Iranian-Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is the 1st Jew executed by the Islamic government firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000-strong Jewish community of Iran
  • 1980 35 motorists die when roadway collapses after Liberian freighter 'Summit Venture' rams Sunshine Skyway Bridge, during a squall (Tampa Bay, Florida)
  • 1980 Slasher horror film "Friday the 13th" is released in US cinemas
  • 1981 Kazimiroff Blvd in Bronx named for a Bronx historian

The Motherland Monument

1981 The Motherland Monument at 62 m (203 ft) high is opened in Kyiv, Ukraine in ceremony attended by Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev

Music Premiere

1982 Arthur Kopit's musical "Nine" premieres in NYC

  • 1983 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, and Sylvia win

Historic Event

1984 Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000

  • 1984 Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings (started 5/8)
  • 1986 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • 1987 183 die aboard a Polish jetliner that crashes in Warsaw
  • 1987 32nd Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "Hold Me Now" in Brussels

Baseball Record

1987 Oriole Eddie Murray is 1st to switch hit HRs in 2 consecutive games

Historic Event

1988 Australia's new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra

  • 1988 Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms
  • 1989 "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • 1989 Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press
  • 1989 NY Mets Kevin Elster, errors after 88 errorless games at shortstop
  • 1989 NY Mets Rick Cerone, errors after 159 errorless games as catcher
  • 1989 VP Quayle says in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste"
  • 1990 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat Washington Capitals, 4 games to 0
  • 1990 NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur
  • 1990 Sampdoria of Italy win 30th European Cup Winner's Cup against Anderlecht of Belgium 2-0 in Gothenburg
  • 1991 Italian actress Laura Antonelli found guilty of cocaine possession (conviction overturned 2006)

TV Show Appearance

1991 Michael Landon appears on The Tonight Show to talk about his cancer prognosis

  • 1992 37th Eurovision Song Contest: Linda Martin for Ireland wins singing "Why Me" in Malmo
  • 1992 America Cup finals begin in San Diego
  • 1992 Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War
  • 1992 Final episode of "Golden Girls" airs on NBC-TV
  • 1992 Michelle McLean, 19, of Namibia, crowned 41st Miss Universe

Salem Witch Trials

1992 Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial dedicated in Danvers (formally Salem Village) to mark 300 year anniversary of trials

  • 1993 "Ain't Broadway Grand" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 performances
  • 1993 "Song of Jacob Zulu" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 53 performances
  • 1993 Landslide in Nambija Ecuador, kills 300
  • 1993 Mustapha Matura's "Playboy of West Indies" premieres in NYC
  • 1993 Paraguay holds its 1st pres & parliamentary elections in 50 years
  • 1994 "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances
  • 1994 Mass murderer Joel Rifkin found guilty in New York
  • 1995 Cleveland Indians tie record of scoring 8 runs before making an out, they beat Twins 10-0
  • 1995 Kinshasa, Zaire under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus

Music History

1996 Geddy Lee is made an Officer of the Order of Canada

  • 1997 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
  • 1997 San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones
  • 1998 43rd Eurovision Song Contest: Dana International for Israel wins singing "Diva" in Birmingham
  • 1999 45th British Academy Television Awards: "Father Ted" Best Comedy, "The Cops" Best Drama
  • 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
  • 2002 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected militants among them deported
  • 2002 In Kaspiysk, Russia, a remote-controlled bomb explodes during a holiday parade killing 43 and injuring at least 130
  • 2004 Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya

Historic Event

2005 Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched

  • 2006 Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
  • 2006 George Preca is canonized as the first Maltese saint in history

Album Release

2006 Warner Bros. Records releases "Surprise", the eleventh solo studio album by American singer-songwriter Paul Simon

Historic Event

2009 Jacob Zuma is sworn in as President of South Africa

  • 2010 Oakland A's Dallas Braden becomes 19th pitcher to throw a perfect game (4-0 vs Tampa Bay)
  • 2010 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: South African Tim Clark fires a final round 67 for his first PGA Tour victory, 1 stroke ahead of Robert Allenby of Australia
  • 2012 A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board
  • 2012 Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars

Historic Event

2012 United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same-sex marriage

Sports History

2013 Everton Manager David Moyes is announced as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United (he only lasts 10 months)

  • 2015 A gun fight erupts in Macedonian town of Kumanovo between police and Albanian separatists adding to the government crisis

Historic Event

2016 Boris Johnson resigns as Mayor of London, succeeded by Sadiq Khan

Election of Interest

2016 Rodrigo Duterte wins Philippine presidential election, promising war on drug trade and killing of criminals

  • 2017 Fossil of Chinese feathered baby dinosaur formally identified as Beibeilong sinensis (baby dragon in Chinese)
  • 2017 Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok jailed for 2 years for blasphemy

Election of Interest

2017 Moon Jae-in elected President of South Korea after a snap election to replace Park Geun-hye