This Day in History for 9th May

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 191

1457 BC - Battle of Megiddo (15th century BC) between Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh. It is the first battle to have been recorded in what is accepted as relatively reliable detail.
328 - Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria.
1092 - Lincoln Cathedral consecrated
1336 - Italian poet Francesco Petrarca climbs Mont Ventoux
1386 - Treaty of Windsor between Portugal-England
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 Guises troops occupy Paris
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
1785 - British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
Explorer of the New World Christopher ColumbusExplorer of the New World Christopher Columbus 1788 - English parliament accepts abolishing 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)
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
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 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 - Australia opens its 1st parliament in Melbourne
1901 - Cleve's Earl Moore no-hits Chicago White Sox 9 inn but loses in 10th 4-2
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 Theater 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 - Pres 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
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, 1st lit by electricity
1932 - WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa merges with WHO to become WHO-WOC
1933 - Spanish anarchists call for general strike
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
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
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 - Jersey liberated from nazis
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 - 1st variety show on TV "NBC's Hour Glass," premieres
1946 - King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, replaced by Umberto
1949 - Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway London
1949 - Prince Rainier III becomes leader of Monaco
1950 - French Foreign min 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.
1958 - Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship
Baseball Player Hank GreenbergBaseball Player Hank Greenberg 1959 - Dorothy Rigney, husband John, & Hank Greenberg resign from White Sox

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)
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
Abolitionist John BrownAbolitionist John Brown (1800) 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)
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 - 5 of 5

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

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 Cracow, 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
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
Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing NorgayMountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay (1986) 1990 - Pauline Frederick, 1st women to moderate Pres debate, dies at 84
1991 - James L Reinsch, media-advisor (Roosevelt/Churchill/Kennedy), dies
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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