This Day in History for 9th May

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 192

1457 BC - Battle of Megiddo (15thC BC) between Egyptian Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under King of Kadesh. First battle recorded with a reliable account .
328 - Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria.
1092 - Lincoln Cathedral consecrated
1386 - Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England (the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force)
1450 - 'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated.
1460 - Court yard episcopal palace Atrecht has witch burnings
1502 - Columbus left Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World
1519 - Austrian adel/burgerij in uprising against central government
1573 - Polish Parliament selects Duke of Anjou as king
1588 - Duke Henri de Guise's troops occupy Paris
Explorer of the New World Christopher ColumbusExplorer of the New World Christopher Columbus 1671 - Col 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 - England routes fleet in 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
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 the rest during the night to avoid paying the duties on the entire cargo
1785 - British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
Statesman John HancockStatesman John Hancock 1788 - British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade
1836 - HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin departs Port Louis, Mauritius
1837 - "Sherrod" burns in Mississippi River below Natchez Miss; 175 dies
1846 - Battle of Resaca de la Palma-US sends Mexico back to Rio Grande
1862 - Battle of Farmington, MS
1862 - Battle of Ft Pickens, FL (Pensacola), evacuated by CS
1862 - US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis MD to Newport, RI
1864 - -20] Skirmish at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia
1864 - Battle of Cloyd's Mt, & Swift Creek, VA (Drewery's Bluff, Ft Darling)
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 1864 - Battle of Dalton, GA
1864 - Ship battle at Helgoland, Austria-Denmark
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 - Victoria Embankment, in London 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 became the Independence Day of Romania.
1882 - Telegraph Hill RR Co 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 - Lawn mower patented
1901 - Cleve's Earl Moore no-hits Chicago White Sox 9 inn but loses in 10th 4-2
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
1914 - 40th Kentucky Derby: John McCabe aboard Old Rosebud wins in 2:03.4
1914 - US President Wilson proclaims Mother's Day
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 meet over division of Turkey
Astronomer Annie Jump CannonAstronomer Annie Jump Cannon 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
1926 - Richard Byrd & Floyd Bennett make 1st flight over North Pole
1927 - 53rd Preakness: Whitey Abel aboard Bostonian wins in 2:01.6
1927 - Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia
1927 - The Australian Parliament first convenes in Canberra.
1929 - WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
1930 - 56th Preakness: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:00.6
1931 - 57th Preakness: George Ellis aboard Mate wins in 1:59
1932 - 58th 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
Cricket Legend Donald BradmanCricket Legend Donald Bradman 1934 - Bradman out for a Cricket duck against Cambridge University!
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)
1939 - Catholic church beatified the 1st Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha
1941 - British Army breaks German spy codes
1941 - Louis Buchalter is arraigned in New York state court on the 1936 Joseph Rosen murder along with three other murders
1942 - 68th Preakness: Basil James aboard Alsab wins in 1:57
1943 - 5th German Pantser army surrenders in Tunisia
1943 - Rotschild-Haddassh University Hospital opens
Mobster Louis BuchalterMobster Louis Buchalter 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 Yankee manager after an illness
1944 - Russians recapture Crimea by taking Sevastopol
1945 - Czechoslovakia liberated from Nazi occupation (Natl Day)
1945 - Nazi propagandist Max Blokzijl arrested
1945 - New balata ball used in baseball, 50% livilier
1945 - Norwegian nazi collaborators Vidkun Quisling arrested
1945 - Victory celebration at Red Square
1945 - World War II: Partisans liberate Ljubljana.
1945 - World War II: Hermann Göring is captured by the United States Army.
1945 - World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day.
1945 - World War II: The Channel Islands are formally liberated by the British.
1946 - 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres
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 joins NATO
1956 - First ascent of Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain.
7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay 1956 - War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan was finally signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 224

1147 - Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese shogun (d. 1199)
1265 - Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (Divina Commedia)
1596 - Abraham van Diepenbeeck, painter
1738 - John Pindar, [Peter], physician/poet
1740 - Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Barber of Seville)
1783 - Alexander Ross, Canada, 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)
Abolitionist John BrownAbolitionist John Brown (1800) 1800 - John Brown, Torrington, Connecticut, American revolutionary abolitionist (d. 1859)
1801 - Samuel Cousins, mezzotint engraver
1810 - Louis Gallait, historical painter
1810 - WFLC Marianne, princess of Orange-Nassau/daughter of king Willem I
1814 - Adolph von Henselt, composer
1824 - William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
1829 - Ciro Pinsuti, pianist/composer
1833 - Boleslaw Dembinski, composer
1837 - Adam Opel, German manufacturer (cycling, motorcars)
1843 - Belle Boyd, spy (Confederate)/actress/lecturer
1844 - [Maria] Catharina Beersmans, Belgian actress (Bad Herders)
1846 - Nikolay Feopemptovich Solov'yov, composer
1855 - Julius Rontgen, composer
1860 - James Matthew (J.M.) Barrie, Scotland, novelist (Margaret Ogilvy, Peter Pan). Dies 1937.
1865 - August de Boeck, composer
1866 - Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Leader of Indian Independence Movement (d. 1915)
Archaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard CarterArchaeologist and Discoverer of Tutankhamun Howard Carter (1873) 1873 - Howard Carter, London, British archaeologist and egyptologist (found King Tutankhamen's tomb)
1873 - Lilian Mary Baylis, manager (Old Vic & Sadler's Wells Theater)
1873 - Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)
1882 - Henry J. Kaiser, Sprout Brook NY, ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam)
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)
Industrialist Henry J. KaiserIndustrialist Henry J. Kaiser (1882) 1892 - Eric Westberg, composer
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)
1895 - Richard Barthelmess, NYC, actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose)
1899 - Edward Pollock, saxophone/clarinet
1901 - Fuzzy Knight, Fairmont WV, actor (Oklahoma Annie, Cowby & the Lady)
1901 - George Duckworth, cricket wicket-keeper (England late 20's early 30's)
1903 - Walter Dehmel, writer
1906 - Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats)
1907 - Baldur von Schirach, German writer/nazi politician (Frame)
1907 - Kathryn Kuhlman, famed evangelist (d. 1976)
1907 - Fred Warngård, Swedish athlete (d. 1950)
1908 - Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (d. 2007)
1909 - Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
1910 - Barbara Woodhouse, dog training expert
1910 - P E Palia, cricketer (appeared in India's 1st Test-Lord's 1932)
1911 - Harry Simeone, Newark NJ, choral director (Kate Smith Show)
1912 - Pedro Armendariz, Mexico, actor (From Russia With Love)
1912 - Per Imerslund, "The aryan idol" (d. 1943)
1913 - John Hayes, Admiral
1913 - Victor Smith, Admiral (Australian Chiefs of Staff)
1914 - Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
1914 - Frank Chacksfield, arranger/orchestra leader
1914 - Hank Snow, Nova Scotia Canada, country singer (I Went to Your Wedding)
1914 - Josef Muller-Brockmann, graphic designer/writer
1914 - Theodore Kheel, labor negotiator (Fair Employment Practices)
1915 - Richard Janvrin, British vice admiral
1916 - Bernard William George Rose, composer/organist
1916 - Cyril Bowles, bishop of Derby
1916 - Douglas Guest, organist
1917 - George Fleming, cyclist
1917 - John Arnatt, actor (Circumstantial Evidence)
Newscaster Mike WallaceNewscaster Mike Wallace (1918) 1918 - Mike Wallace, Brookline Mass, newscaster (Biography, 60 Minutes), (d. 2012)
1918 - Orville Freeman, Minneapolis, (Sen-D-Mn)/Sec of Agriculture (1961-69)
1919 - Arthur English, comedian/actor (Malachi's Cove)
1920 - Richard Adams, author (Day Gone By)
1920 - William Tenn, American author
1921 - Mona Van Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
1921 - Daniel Berrigan, American peace activist
1922 - Sheila Burrell, actress (Black Orchid, Paranoiac, Laughter in Dark)
1923 - Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (d. 2008)
1924 - Bulat S Okudzjava, Russian author (Student!)
1924 - Connie Russell, NYC, singer (Club Embassy, Garroway at Large)
1924 - Gerard Wernars, Dutch graphic designer (Library stamps 1991)
1924 - Jean J A Girault, French director/screenwriter (l'Amour)
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)
1927 - Ray Katt, baseball player
1928 - Barbara Ann Scott, Ottawa Ontario, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1948), (d. 2012)
1928 - Pall Pampichier Palsson, composer
1928 - Richard A "Pancho" Gonzalez, Los Angeles California, tennis star (US 1948-49)
1928 - Ralph Goings, American painter
1929 - Anthony Lloyd, Lord Justice of Appeal
1929 - Kay Dotrice, British actress (d. 2007)
1930 - Joan Sims, actress (Carry on Behind, Carry on Cleo)
1931 - Vance DeVoe Brand, Longmont Co, astro (Apollo 18, STS-5, 41B, 35)
1932 - Conrad Hunte, cricketer (great West Indian opener 1958-66)
1932 - David Plastow, CEO (Medical Research Council)
1932 - Gavin Lyall, author (Conduct of Major Maxim)
1932 - Geraldine McEwan, actress (Henry V)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 7 of 7

Physicist Robert HofstadterPhysicist Robert Hofstadter (1942) 1942 - Physicist Robert Hofstadter (27) weds Nancy Givan
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
2005 - Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands
2009 - "The O.C." actress Autumn Reeser (28) weds writer-director Jesse Warren (31) under a 200-year old oak tree at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, California
Actor Tom CruiseActor Tom Cruise (1987) 2014 - Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland (33) weds manager Tim Witherspoon in Costa Rica

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

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

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 100 of 115

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
1707 - Dietrich Buxtehude, German organist/composer, dies at about 69
1745 - Tomaso Antonio Vitali, composer, dies at 82
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
1785 - Franz Xaver Schnitzer, composer, dies at 44
1790 - William Clingan, American delegate to the Continental Congress
1791 - Francis Hopkinson, US writer/music/lawyer, dies at 53
1799 - Claude-Benigne Balbastre, composer, dies at 72
1805 - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German poet/playwright, dies at 45
1822 - Charles Duquesnoy, composer, dies at 62
1850 - Louis-Joseph Gay-Lussac, chemist/physicist, dies
1853 - Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, composer, dies at 73
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
1880 - Johann Hermann Berens, composer, dies at 54
1884 - Hermanus W Witteveen, theologist, dies at 69
1889 - William S. Harney, U.S. general (b. 1800)
1905 - Ernst Pauer, composer, dies at 78
1914 - C.W. Post, American food manufacturer (b. 1854)
1915 - François Faber, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1887)
1918 - George Coşbuc, Romanian poet (b. 1866)
1926 - Joseph Mallaby Dent, publisher, dies
1927 - Tommy Routledge, cricketer (4 Tests for South Africa 1892-96), dies
1928 - Constantin Dimitrescu, composer, dies at 81
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)
1944 - Ethel Mary Smyth, composer, dies at 86
1945 - Clem Hill, cricketer (49 Tests for Australia 1896-1912), dies
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
1952 - Canada Lee, black actor (Lost Boundaries), dies in NYC at 45
1955 - Kate Booth, the oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)
1957 - Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies
1957 - Heinrich Campendonk, German painter/wood carver/glasier, dies at 67
1958 - Bill Goodwin, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 47
1965 - Leopold Figl, premier Austria, dies at 62
1966 - Alfred Mendelsohn, composer, dies at 56
1966 - Wilhelmus M Bekkers, bishop of Dukeenbosch, dies
1967 - Elmar Berkovich, Dutch industrial designer (Eindhoven theater), dies
1967 - Philippa Duke Schuyler, composer, dies at 35
1968 - Finlay Currie, dies at 90
1968 - Harold Gray, US comic strip artist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 74
1968 - Marion Lorne, actress (Aunt Clara-Bewitched), dies at 81
1968 - Phil Arnold, actor (Skidoo, Errand Boy, Damn Yankees), dies at 58
1968 - Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
1970 - Percy Brier, composer, dies at 84
1970 - Walter P Reuther, US worker's union leader/president (CIO), dies
1970 - Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
1974 - Lyubomir Pipkov, composer, dies at 69
1975 - Philip Dorn, dies at 73
1976 - Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer, dies at 74
1976 - Valentino Bucchi, composer, dies at 59
1976 - Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
1977 - James Jones, US writer (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55
1977 - Walter Kraft, composer, dies at 71
Italian Prime Minister Aldo MoroItalian Prime Minister Aldo Moro (1978) 1978 - Aldo Moro, 5 times PM of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61
1979 - Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95
1979 - Lan Adomian, composer, dies at 73
1981 - C E "Nip" Pellew, cricketer (10 Tests 484 runs at 37), dies
1981 - Nelson Algren, US writer (Man with the Golden Arm), dies at 72
1981 - Ralph Allen, English footballer (b. 1906)
1985 - Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
1985 - Edmond O'Brien, actor (Moon Pilot, Wild Bunch), dies at 69
1986 - Dirk de Vroome, [Red Giant], Limbourg activist, dies at 60
Steel Magnate Cyrus S. EatonSteel Magnate Cyrus S. Eaton (1979) 1986 - Herschel Bernardi, actor (Lt Jacoby-Peter Gunn, Arnie), dies at 62
1986 - Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber (Mount Everest 1953), dies at 71
1987 - Obafemi Awolowo, Nigeria, pres of Nigeria (1979-83), dies at 78
1989 - Keith Whitley, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies at 33
1989 - Paul J Steenbergen, actor (Ciske de Rat), dies at 82
1990 - Luigi Nono, Ital composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
1990 - Pauline Frederick, 1st women to moderate Pres debate, dies at 84
1991 - James L Reinsch, media-advisor (Roosevelt/Churchill/Kennedy), dies
Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing NorgayMountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay (1986) 1991 - Ronnie Brody, British actor (Superman III, Whats Up Nurse), dies at 72
1991 - Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian/US pianist, 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
1995 - Marshall Royal, jazz Sax/Clarinet, dies at 82
1995 - Percy Mansell, cricketer (355 runs in 13 Tests for S Afr), dies
1997 - Marco Ferreri, Italian film director (b. 1928)
1998 - Alice Faye, American actress (Barricade), dies of stomach cancer at 83
2001 - James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) and producer (b. 1919)

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