9 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Pope Pius III, 1439
  • John Brown, 1800
  • J. M. Barrie, 1860
  • Howard Carter, 1873
  • Henry Kaiser, 1882
  • Barbara Woodhouse, 1910
  • Mike Wallace, 1918
  • Pancho Gonzales, 1928
  • Joan Sims, 1930
  • Alan Bennett, 1934
  • Albert Finney, 1936
  • Glenda Jackson, 1936
  • James L. Brooks, 1940
  • Candice Bergen, 1946
  • Billy Joel, 1951

Died On This Day:

  • Friedrich von Schiller, 1805
  • Sir Henry Morton Stanley, 1904
  • Cyrus Eaton, 1929
  • Prince Louis II Monaco, 1949
  • Ezio Pinza, 1957
  • Walter Reuther, 1970
  • James Jones, 1977
  • Nelson Algren, 1981
  • Edmund O'Brien, 1985
  • Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, 1986
  • Herschel Bernardi, 1986
  • Penelope Gilliatt, 1993
  • Alice Faye, 1998
  • Jack Gelber, 2003
  • Alan King, 2004
  • Lena Horne, 2010
  • Vidal Sassoon, 2012

Today's Events:

  • 1607 - First Protestant religious service celebrated in America at Cape Henry, VA.
  • 1662 - Punch and Judy show first performed at Covent Garden according to Samuel Pepys's diary.
  • 1671 - Irish adventurer Colonel Thomas Blood attempts to steal the crown jewels of England.
  • 1754 - Benjamin Franklin publishes first newspaper cartoon in Pennsylvania Gazette-'Join or Die.'
  • 1901 - Stocks plunge in largest single-day break on Wall Street since 1803.
  • 1918 - Lytton Strachey publishes his new-style biography, "Eminent Victorians."
  • 1926 - Richard E. Byrd & Floyd Bennett claim first flight to North Pole; Byrd diary revealed 1996 says no.
  • 1933 - Nazi bonfire in Berlin burns 25,000 books including the Holy Bible.
  • 1936 - Ethiopia annexed by Italy under Mussolini; King Victor Emmanuel proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia.
  • 1937 - Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy first broadcast on radio.
  • 1945 - Britain's Channel Islands liberated from German occupation.
  • 1946 - King Vittorio Emanuele III abdicates.
  • 1949 - Britain's first launderette opens in Queensway, Bayswater, London W2.
  • 1962 - Beatles sign recording contract with Parlophone Records.
  • 1962 - First James Bond film, 'Dr. No' starring Scotsman Sean Connery as 007 opens in the US and goes on to gross $60 million worldwide.
  • 1970 - Four years after 10,000 antiwar protestors descend on Washington, D.C., 100,000 do so today.
  • 1989 - Paul Gauguin's 'Mata Mua' (In Olden Times) sold for $24.2 million at Sotheby's New York.
  • 1989 - Sotheby's also reaps $47.85 million for 'Yo Picasso' self-portrait of Pablo.
  • 1994 - South Africa's newly elected parliament choose Nelson Mandela as first black president of country.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Gregory of Nazianzus

Holiday:

  • Day of Remus
  • First day of Remuria
  • Liberation Day in Czechoslovakia

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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