On This Day in History for May 9

Events in History

Events 1 - 100 of 143

  • 328 Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria
  • 1092 Lincoln Cathedral consecrated
  • 1386 Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England (oldest diplomatic alliance in the world still in force)
  • 1450 'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated
  • 1460 Courtyard of the episcopal palace in Atrecht (akak Arras) has witch burnings

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

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 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
  • 1689 English King William III declares war on France
  • 1726 Five men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap's molly house in London are executed at Tyburn
  • 1738 Britain sends fleet to the Mediterranean Sea & West Indies
  • 1753 King Louis XV disbands French parliament
  • 1766 John Byron back in England after trip around the world

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

Statesman John Hancock
John Hancock
  • 1785 British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
  • 1788 British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade

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1816 Lady Caroline Lamb publishes "Genarvon", thinly disguised account of her affair with Lord Byron, also depicting her husband William Lamb

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
British Prime Minister William Lamb
British Prime Minister
William Lamb

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1836 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin departs Port Louis, Mauritius

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1896 1st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models)
  • 1899 John Burr patents an improved rotary blade lawn mower in the US
  • 1901 The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1913 17th amendment provides for election of senators by popular vote

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1914 US President Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother's Day

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • 1914 J.T. Hearne becomes the first bowler to take 3000 first-class wickets.
  • 1915 German & French fight Battle of Artois
  • 1916 British-France Sykes-Picot conference over division of Turkey

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

Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon
Annie Jump Cannon
  • 1925 Cornerstone for Hebrew University, Jerusalem, laid

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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.

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • 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

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

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 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)
  • 1941 British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen

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

  • 1943 5th German Panzer army surrenders in Tunisia
  • 1943 Rotschild-Haddassh University Hospital opens
  • 1944 1st eye bank opens in New York
  • 1944 Dutch resistance fighter Gerard Musch arrested
  • 1944 Joe McCarthy returns as Yankee 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 Norwegian nazi collaborators Vidkun Quisling arrested
  • 1945 Victory celebration at Red Square
  • 1945 World War II: Partisans liberate Ljubljana.

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

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • 1945 World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day
  • 1945 World War II: The Channel Islands are formally liberated by the British
  • 1946 King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, replaced by his son Umberto II
  • 1949 Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London
  • 1949 Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco
  • 1950 French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman calls for European community EGKS
  • 1950 Norman Dello Joco's premieres in Bronxville
  • 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.

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

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • 1958 Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship
  • 1960 Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • 1960 US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill
  • 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 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
  • 1963 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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1964 Khrushchev visits Egypt

Soviet First Secretary Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet First Secretary
Nikita Khrushchev
  • 1965 Luna 5 launched (USSR) 1st attempt to soft land on Moon (fails)
  • 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 Gijsbert van Hall resigns as mayor of Amsterdam
  • 1969 BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Billy Hardwick
  • 1969 Following his release from prison Ian Paisley, North Ireland Loyalist holds a 'victory' meeting
  • 1971 Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes

Birthdays in History

  • 1147 Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese founder of bakufu and 1st shogun, born in Atsuta (d. 1199)
  • 1265 Dante Alighieri, Italian poet and author (Dante's Inferno, Divina Commedia), born in Florence, Republic of Florence (d. 1321)
  • 1596 Abraham van Diepenbeeck, painter
  • 1738 John Pindar, [Peter], physician/poet
  • 1783 Alexander Ross, Canadian pioneer/fur trader
  • 1785 James Pollard Espy, Penns, meteorologist (Philosphy of Storms)
  • 1793 Johannes C de Jonge, Dutch historian/archivist
  • 1796 August Pauly, German classicus (Real Encyclopedia)

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1800 John Brown, American abolitionist and revolutionary (Harpers Ferry), born in Torrington, Connecticut (d. 1859)

Abolitionist John Brown
John Brown
  • 1801 Samuel Cousins, mezzotint engraver
  • 1810 Louis Gallait, historical painter
  • 1810 WFLC Marianne, princess of Orange-Nassau/daughter of king Willem I
  • 1824 William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1860 J.M. [James Matthew] Barrie, Scottish novelist and playwright (Peter Pan), born in Kirriemuir, Angus (d. 1937)
  • 1866 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Leader of Indian Independence Movement (d. 1915)

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1873 Howard Carter, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb, born in London (d. 1939)

Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun
Howard Carter
  • 1873 Lilian Mary Baylis, manager (Old Vic & Sadler's Wells Theater)
  • 1873 Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)

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1882 Henry J. Kaiser, American ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam), born in Sprout Brook, New York (d. 1967)

Industrialist Henry J. Kaiser
Henry J. Kaiser
  • 1882 George Barker, American painter (d. 1965)
  • 1886 Francis Biddle, United States Attorney General (d. 1968)
  • 1887 Jules Van de Leene, Belgian writer
  • 1887 Sir Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan Philanthropist (d. 1957)
  • 1888 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector and museum director (d. 1964)
  • 1892 Zita, empress (Austria)/Queen (Hungary)
  • 1893 William Moulton Marston, American psychologist, writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman) (d. 1947)
  • 1895 Lucian Blaga, Romaniams philosopher/poet (Dogmatic Aeon)
  • 1899 Edward Pollock, saxophone/clarinet
  • 1903 Walter Dehmel, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1960)
  • 1906 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats)
  • 1907 Baldur von Schirach, German writer/nazi politician (Frame)
  • 1907 Kathryn Kuhlman, famed evangelist (d. 1976)
  • 1908 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (d. 2007)
  • 1910 Barbara Woodhouse, dog training expert
  • 1911 Harry Simeone, choral director (Kate Smith Show), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1912 Per Imerslund, "The aryan idol" (d. 1943)
  • 1913 John Hayes, British Naval Officer and Naval Secretary, born Southcote, Bermuda (d. 1998)
  • 1913 Victor Smith, Admiral (Australian Chiefs of Staff)
  • 1914 Josef Muller-Brockmann, graphic designer/writer
  • 1914 Theodore Kheel, labor negotiator (Fair Employment Practices)
  • 1915 Richard Janvrin, British vice admiral
  • 1916 Cyril Bowles, bishop of Derby
  • 1918 Orville Freeman, (Sen-D-Mn)/Sec of Agriculture (1961-69), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1920 Richard Adams, English author (Watership Down), born in Newbury (d. 2016)
  • 1920 William Tenn, American author
  • 1921 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1921 Daniel Berrigan, American Jesuit priest and peace activist (Vietnam War), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1921 Sophie Scholl, German anti-Nazi political activist, active in the non-violent resistance group, the White Rose (Die Weisse Rose), born in Forchtenberg, Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1924 Bulat S Okudzjava, Russian author (Student!)
  • 1924 Gerard Wernars, Dutch graphic designer (Library stamps 1991)
  • 1925 Peter Leng, Master General of the Ordnance
  • 1926 Alistair MacFarlane, principal (Heriot-Watt University England)
  • 1926 Francis Kennedy, British diplomat
  • 1926 Joshua Hassan, chief minister (Gibralter)
  • 1926 Robin Cooke, pres (NZ Court of Appeal)
  • 1927 John McDermott, Lord Justice of Appeal (Northern Ireland)
  • 1927 Manfred Eigen, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 1967)
  • 1928 Ralph Goings, American painter
  • 1929 Anthony Lloyd, Lord Justice of Appeal
  • 1931 Vance DeVoe Brand, astro (Apollo 18, STS-5, 41B, 35), born in Longmont, Colorado
  • 1932 David Plastow, CEO (Medical Research Council)
  • 1932 Gavin Lyall, British author (Conduct of Major Maxim, The Secret Servant), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire (d. 2003)
  • 1932 J Alex McMillan, (Rep-R-NC, 1985- )
  • 1934 John Robertson, deputy chairman (Barclays de Zoete Wedd)
  • 1934 Roy Massey, Master of Choristers (Hereford Cathedral)
  • 1935 Roger Hargreaves, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr. Men and Little Miss), born in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire (d. 1988)
  • 1937 José Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect
  • 1938 Geoffrey Holland, civil servant
  • 1938 Charles Simic Yugoslavian-born poet, 15th Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1939 Kenneth Warby, fastest man on water at 300 knots (345 mph)
  • 1941 Jan Dibbets, sculptor/artist (Dutch Mountains)
  • 1942 John D Ashcroft, (Gov-MO)
  • 1944 Don Dannemann, rocker (Cyrkle)
  • 1948 Hans Georg Bock, German mathematician
  • 1949 Oleg Yuriyevich Atkov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz T-10)
  • 1953 Scott McInnis, (Rep-R-Colorado)
  • 1955 Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, (d. 2012)
  • 1957 Fred Markham, 1st man to pedal a bike 65 mph
  • 1960 Jim Reilly, rocker (Red Rockers)
  • 1965 Ken Nomura, Japanese racing driver

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

1942 Physicist Robert Hofstadter (27) weds Nancy Givan

Divorces in History

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

Deaths in History

  • 1079 Stanislaus, Polish bishop of Kraków, murdered
  • 1280 Magnus VI Lagaboeter, King of Norway (1263-80), dies at 42
  • 1315 Hugh V, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1282)
  • 1443 Niccolo d'Albergati, Italian cardinal, dies
  • 1446 Mary of Enghien, Queen of Naples (b. 1368)
  • 1460 Jean Lavite, Atrechts painter, dies
  • 1474 Peter van Hagenbach, Elzasser knight/land guardian, beheaded
  • 1590 Karel "Cardinal" van Bourbon, archbishop of Rouen, dies at 66
  • 1657 William Bradford, Governor (Plymouth Colony, Mass), dies
  • 1667 Marie Louise de Gonzague-Nevers, French Queen of Poland (1645-48)
  • 1688 Frederick William, Great Elector of Brandenburg, dies at 68
  • 1747 John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish soldier and diplomat (b. 1673)
  • 1760 Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf, Austrian born German religious and social reformer, dies at 59
  • 1790 William Clingan, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  • 1805 Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German poet/playwright, dies at 45
  • 1850 Louis-Joseph Gay-Lussac, chemist/physicist, dies
  • 1861 Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philosopher and writer (b. 1805)
  • 1864 "Uncle" John Sedgwick, US Union general-major, dies in battle at 50
  • 1864 Thomas Donnely Doubleday, US Union Col, dies in an accident
  • 1884 Hermanus W Witteveen, theologist, dies at 69
  • 1889 William S. Harney, U.S. general, dies at 88
  • 1914 C.W. Post, American food manufacturer of breakfast cereals, commits suicide at 59
  • 1918 George Coşbuc, Romanian poet (b. 1866)
  • 1926 J. M. Dent, British publisher, dies
  • 1931 A[lbert] A[braham] Michelson, US physicist (1907 Nobel), dies at 78
  • 1937 Walter Mittelholzer, Swiss aviation pioneer, dies in crash at 43
  • 1938 Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (b. 1866)
  • 1949 Louis II, Prince of Monaco, dies
  • 1950 Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist, and engineer (b. 1883)
  • 1951 Marie Ault, dies at 80
  • 1955 Kate Booth, the oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)
  • 1957 Heinrich Campendonk, German painter/wood carver/glasier, dies at 67

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1963 Charles Vyner Brooke, 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), dies at 88

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • 1965 Leopold Figl, premier Austria, dies at 62
  • 1966 Wilhelmus M Bekkers, bishop of Dukeenbosch, dies
  • 1967 Elmar Berkovich, Dutch industrial designer (Eindhoven theater), dies
  • 1968 Harold Gray, US comic strip artist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 74
  • 1968 Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
  • 1970 Walter P. Reuther, US worker's union leader, President of the CIO, dies in a plane crash at 62
  • 1970 Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • 1976 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • 1977 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55


1978 Aldo Moro, Five times Prime Minister of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro

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1979 Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95

Steel Magnate Cyrus S. Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus S. Eaton
  • 1981 Nelson Algren, American writer (Man with the Golden Arm), dies at 72
  • 1986 Dirk de Vroome, [Red Giant], Limbourg activist, dies at 60

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1986 Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • 1987 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman and nationalist, dies at 78
  • 1990 Pauline Frederick, pioneering American journalist and author, dies at 84
  • 1991 James L Reinsch, media-advisor (Roosevelt/Churchill/Kennedy), dies
  • 1992 Mike Tyrell [Red Baron], British air acrobat, dies in an accident
  • 1993 Freya Stark, English author (Sunday Bloody Sunday), dies at 61
  • 1993 Mary Duncan Sanford, dies at 98
  • 1993 Penelope Gilliatt [Conner], British author
  • 1994 Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter (b. 1924)
  • 1995 Abha Gandhi, servant to Gandhi, dies at 68
  • 1995 Charles Montgomery Monteith, publisher, dies at 74
  • 2003 Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (b. 1918)
  • 2004 Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen president (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Dwight Wilson, second-to-last Canadian WWI veteran (b. 1901)
  • 2007 Edith Rodriguez, hospital emergency room refused to treat (b. 1964)
  • 2008 Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist (b. 1942)
  • 2010 Otakar Motejl, Czechoslvakian politician (b. 1932)

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2012 Vidal Sassoon, British hairdresser and businessman, dies from leukemia at 84

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Vidal Sassoon
  • 2014 Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), dies at 97
  • 2015 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), dies at 97
  • 2016 Dennis Nineham, British theologian, dies at 94
  • 2017 Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat and vice premier, dies at 89