On This Day

On This Day in History for May 9 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1977 Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to Rep of Cameroon
  • 1977 Patty Hearst let out of jail

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1978 Corpse of kidnapped Italian ex-premier Aldo Moro found

Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Italian Prime Minister
Aldo Moro
  • 1978 Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
  • 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 as a Liberian freighter rams a Tampa Bay Bridge
  • 1981 Kazimiroff Blvd in Bronx named for a Bronx historian

Soviet UnionThe Motherland Monument

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

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The Motherland Monument in Kiev, Ukraine
The Motherland Monument in Kiev, Ukraine
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1984 Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000

  • 1987 183 die aboard a Polish jetliner that crashes in Warsaw

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 1988 Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms
  • 1989 Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press
  • 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 NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur
  • 1991 Michael Landon appears on The Tonight Show to talk about his cancer

  • 1992 America Cup finals begin in San Diego
  • 1992 Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War

USASalem Witch Trials

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

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Dramatic lithograph of the Salem witch trials produced in 1892
Dramatic lithograph of the Salem witch trials produced in 1892
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  • 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 Mass murderer Joel Rifkin found guilty in New York
  • 1995 Kinshasa, Zaire under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus
  • 1997 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
  • 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

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2005 Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched

Author and creator of The Huffington Post Arianna Huffington
Author and creator of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington
  • 2006 Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
  • 2006 George Preca is canonized as the first Maltese saint in history
  • 2009 Jacob Zuma is sworn in as President of South Africa
  • 2012 Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars
  • 2012 A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board

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

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2015 A gun fight erupts in Macedonian town of Kumanovo between police and Albanian separatists adding to the government crisis

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
President of the Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte

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

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

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2017 US President Donald Trump dismisses FBI Director James Comey

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2017 Moon Jae-in elected President of South Korea after a snap election to replace Park Geun-hye
  • 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 InterestMalaysian 14th General Election

2018 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
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  • 2018 Walmart takes a majority stake in Indian online retailer Flipkart for 16 billion

IndiaTaj Mahal

2018 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
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2018 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
  • 2018 Dam bursts after heavy rains near Solai, Kenya, killing at least 41
  • 2018 Nicaraguan anti-government protests involving tens of thousands take place in Managua and Matagalpa y Chinandega
  • 2018 Oldest viral DNA, a form of hepatitis B, reported discovered in 7,000 year old skeleton found in Germany
  • 2018 Argentina announces talks with the IMF amid a new financial crisis with interest rates at 40%

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2019 Pope Francis introduces new rules on reporting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, criticized for not going far enough

  • 2019 New Australian $50 bank note misspells responsibility as "responsibilty" on 46 million notes
  • 2019 French adventurer Jean-Jacques Savin (72) successfully crosses the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel arriving in Martinique
  • 2019 At least 65 migrants drown off the coast of Tunisia when their boat capsizes after leaving Libya according to the UN
  • 2019 Archaeologists hail Anglo-Saxon tomb found 2003 in Prittlewell, England, as Britain’s equivalent of Tutankhamun’s tomb as full report of its contents published

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