YEAR DAY EVENT
1429 May 9 Joan of Arc defeated the besieging English at Orleans.
1443 May 9 Niccolo d’Albergati, Italian cardinal, died.
1460 May 9 In the Netherlands the courtyard Episcopal palace at Atrecht had witch burnings.
1588 May 9 Duke Henri de Guise’s troops occupied Paris.
1657 May 9 William Bradford, Governor (Plymouth Colony, Mass), died.
1707 May 9 Dietrich Buxtehude (~69), German organist, composer, died.
1745 May 9 Tomaso Antonio Vitali (82), composer, died.
1836 May 9 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin departed Port Louis, Mauritius.
1837 May 9 “Sherrod” burned in Mississippi River below Natchez, Miss., and 175 died.
1843 May 9 Belle Boyd, Confederate spy, was born. She helped ‘Stonewall’ Jackson during his Valley campaign.
1846 May 9 Gen. Mariano Arista crossed the Rio Grande and killed a number of US soldiers in a surprise attack. Mexico believed that France and Britain would support it in a war against the US.
1859 May 9 Threatened by the advancing French army, the Austrian army retreated across the River Sesia in Italy.
1861 May 9 The Banshee, a British ship designed to run the American blockade on Confederate ports, departed Nassau for Wilmington, NC, on the first of many successful runs directed by Thomas E. Taylor, a shipping clerk for the Anglo-Confederate Trading Company.
1862 May 9 Battle of Farmington, Missouri.
1864 May 9 Austria and Denmark held a ship battle at Helgoland.
1865 May 9 William Smith (1797-1887) was forced out of office as governor of Virginia following the Confederate surrender.
1868 May 9 Anton Bruckner’s 1st Symphony in C premiered.
1880 May 9 Johann Hermann Berens (54), composer, died.
1896 May 9 The 1st horseless carriage show in London featured 10 models.
1899 May 9 A lawn mower was patented.
1908 May 9 Dirk Fock became governor of Suriname.
1914 May 9 Pres. Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day.
1915 May 9 German and French forces fought the Battle of Artois.
1918 May 9 Mike Wallace, newscaster (Biography, 60 Minutes), was born in Brookline, Mass.
1921 May 9 The play “Sei Personaggi in Cerca d’Autore” (Six Characters in Search of an Author) by Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) premiered in Rome.
1932 May 9 Piccadilly Circus was lit by electricity.
1933 May 9 Spanish anarchists called for a general strike
1936 May 9 Albert Finney, actor, was born in Salford, UK. He starred in “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Tom Jones.”
1942 May 9 John Ashcroft, later Missouri governor (1984-1992) senator (1995-2000) and US Attorney Gen’l (2001-2004), was born in Chicago, Ill.
1943 May 9 The 5th German Panzer army surrendered in Tunisia.
1951 May 9 The U.S. Far East Air Force launched a strike on Sinuiju, North Korea, on the Yalu River.
1957 May 9 Ezio F. Pinza, Italian bass (La Scala of Milan, NY Met Opera, Broadway musicals), died.
1960 May 9 US sent a U-2 over USSR.
1961 May 9 In a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow condemned television programming as a “vast wasteland.”
1962 May 9 A laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.
1971 May 9 In the 23rd Emmy Awards: Jack Klugman won for his role in “The Odd Couple” & Jean Stapleton won for her role in “All in the Family.”
1974 May 9 The House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Nixon.
1977 May 9 Pink Floyd opened a 2-night stand at the Oakland Coliseum.
1981 May 9 Nelson Algren (72), US writer (Man with the Golden Arm), died.
1982 May 9 The musical “Nine,” inspired by Federico Fellini’s film “Eight and a-Half,” opened on Broadway.
1984 May 9 In San Francisco a 5-alarm fire engulfed Piers 30 and 32 along the Embarcadero at the foot of Bryant Street. Damages were estimated at $2.5 million.
1987 May 9 All 183 people aboard a Polish jetliner were killed when the plane, bound for New York, crashed and burned in Warsaw after the pilot attempted an emergency return.
1988 May 9 Education Secretary William J. Bennett announced he would leave his position in mid-September.
1989 May 9 President Bush complained that Panama’s elections were marred by “massive irregularities,” and he called for worldwide pressure on General Manuel Antonio Noriega to step down as military leader.
1991 May 9 President Bush met at the White House with UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, who relayed Iraq’s rejection of a US-backed proposal for a UN civilian force in northern Iraq.
1992 May 9 Final episode of “Golden Girls” aired on NBC-TV.
1993 May 9 The White House said President Clinton had directed Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher to contact U.S. allies to discuss how they could ensure Serbia’s promise to cut supplies to the Bosnian Serbs.
1994 May 9 Mass murderer Joel Rifkin was found guilty in NY. By January 1996, Rifkin was scheduled to serve at least 183 years for seven slayings, with 10 counts outstanding.
1996 May 9 In dramatic video testimony to a hushed courtroom in Little Rock, Ark., President Clinton insisted he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan at the heart of the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners.
1997 May 9 A pesticide plant burned after an explosion in West Helena, Ark. The chemical Azinphosmethyl was not supposed to have exploded unless it was heated and decomposed. A levee was built to keep poison-laden rainwater from entering the Mississippi River. Three firefighters were killed.
1998 May 9 In Britain the Israeli transsexual, Dana International (Yaron Cohen), won the annual Eurovision Song Prize with the song “Diva.”.
1999 May 9 In Louisiana a chartered bus, bound for a Mother’s Day gambling excursion, crashed on I-610 in New Orleans and [22] 23 people were killed.
2001 May 9 Pres. Bush told Pres. Kostunica of Yugoslavia that aid would depend on cooperation with the Balkan war crimes tribunal.
2002 May 9 Veteran Mexican musician Juan Gabriel won four awards, including top songwriter, at the Billboard Latin Music Awards held in Miami Beach, Florida.
2003 May 9 The US and its allies asked the UN Security Council to legitimize their occupation of Iraq and sought permission to use revenue from the world’s second-largest oil reserves to rebuild the war-battered country.
2004 May 9 Alan King, comedian, died in NYC. King was born in Brooklyn as Irwin Alan Kniberg. His books included “Is Salami and Eggs Better than Sex?” (1985).
2005 May 9 Actress Renee Zellweger married country music star Kenny Chesney on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands. The marriage was annulled just months later.
2006 May 9 The United States bowed to pressure from its allies and agreed to support a new program to temporarily funnel additional aid directly to the Palestinian people.
2007 May 9 The NY Times reported on its Web site that Amgen Inc. and Johnson & Johnson are paying doctors hundreds of millions of dollars every year in return for prescribing anemia drugs which regulators now say may be unsafe at commonly used doses.
2008 May 9 Oil closed at a record high with light, sweet crude settling at $125.96 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
2009 May 9 Federal drug enforcement agents began seizing about 351 pounds of meth from two houses in Duluth, in suburban Atlanta. The 2-day operation included the arrest of four Mexican nationals, three of whom were in the US illegally. It was the biggest seizure of Mexican crystal methamphetamine ever recorded east of the Mississippi River.
2010 May 9 US Attorney General Eric Holder said Washington had evidence that Pakistani Taliban were behind a failed car bomb attack in the heart of New York City.
2011 May 9 Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver announced their separation, cleaving a sometimes-turbulent 25-year relationship. On May 17Schwarzenegger acknowledged that he had fathered a child with a member of his household staff over a decade ago.
2012 May 9 President Barack Obama announced his support for gay marriage and boosted the hopes of gay rights groups around the world. Opponents denounced his switch as a shameless appeal for votes.
2013 May 9 In southern California Pamela Marie Devitt (63) was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls while walking near her home near Palmdale. Authorities were still searching for the dogs as darkness fell. On May 30 Alex Jackson (29), the owner of the dogs, was charged with murder. On Oct 4, 2014, Jackson was sentenced to 15 years to life. The dogs had guarded his pot-growing operation.

Source: Timelines of History

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