On This Day..... May 9

 

MAY 9TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL MOSCATO DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BUTTERSCOTCH BROWNIE DAY
 

BIRTHDAYS:

  • MIKE WALLACE (1918-2012)
  • ALBERT FINNEY (1936, 82)
 
  • CANDICE BERGEN (1946, 72) / MURPHY BROWN (1948, 70)
  • BILLY JOEL (1949, 69)
 
  • TONY GWYNN (1960-2014)
  • ROSARIO DAWSON (1979, 39)
 

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1502, CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS LEAVES SPAIN FOR HIS 4TH, FINAL TRIP TO AMERICA
  • IN 1671, THOMAS BLOOD STEALS THE CROWN JEWELS FROM THE TOWER OF LONDON. HE IS CAUGHT AND FOUND GUILTY, BUT KING CHARLES WAS SO IMPRESSED BY THE HEIST THAT HE GIVES BLOOD A FULL PARDON
 
  • IN 1712, CAROLINA DIVIDES ITSELF INTO NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA
  • IN 1753, KING LOUIS XV DISBANDS THE FRENCH PARLIAMENT
  • IN 1754, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN’S “JOIN OR DIE” IS THE FIRST CARTOON PUBLISHED IN AN AMERICAN NEWSPAPER
  • IN 1768, JOHN HANCOCK IS ACCUSED BY BRITISH OFFICIALS OF UNLOADING CARGO FROM HIS SHIP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT TO AVOID PAYING TAXES ON WINE THAT HE IMPORTED TO THE COLONIES
 
  • IN 1788, GREAT BRITAIN ABOLISHES THE SLAVE TRADE
  • IN 1865, PRESIDENT JOHNSON PROCLAIMS THE CIVIL WAR OVER
  • IN 1879, THE FIRST U.S. “POSTAGE DUE” STAMPS ARE ISSUED
  • IN 1913, THE 17TH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION IS RATIFIED, ALLOWING FOR THE DIRECT ELECTION OF SENATORS BY THE POPULAR VOTE
  • IN 1914, PRESIDENT WILSON PROCLAIMS MOTHER’S DAY TO BE AN OFFICIAL HOLIDAY
 
  • IN 1920, JOAN OF ARC BECOMES A SAINT
  • IN 1941, THE GERMAN CODING MACHINE “ENIGMA” IS CAPTURED BY ALLIED TROOPS ALLOWING THEM TO DECODE SECRET GERMAN MESSAGES
  • IN 1945, NAZI LEADER HERMANN GEORING IS CAPTURED BY THE ALLIED ARMY
 
  • IN 1945, THE SOVIET UNION MARKS VICTORY DAY WITH CELEBRATIONS IN RED SQUARE
  • IN 1946, “NBC’S HOUR GLASS”, THE FIRST HOUR LONG ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION PROGRAM DEBUTS ON NBC
  • IN 1949, PRINCE RAINIER III BECOMES THE REIGNING MONARCH OF MONACO
  • IN 1950, A BEAR CUB SAVED FROM A NEW MEXICO FOREST FIRE IS NAMED “SMOKEY THE BEAR” AND BECOMES A CELEBRITY. WITHIN 15 YEARS HE WAS SO FAMOUS THAT NEW MEXICO GAVE HIM HIS OWN ZIP CODE FOR HIS FAN MAIL
 
  • IN 1955, WEST GERMANY JOINS NATO
  • IN 1958, ALFRED HITCHCOCK RELEASES “VERTIGO”
  • IN 1960, THE UNITED STATES LEGALIZES BIRTH CONTROL PILLS
  • IN 1964, LOUIS ARMSTRONG GOES TO #1 WITH “HELLO, DOLLY”
 
  • IN 1969, LANA TURNER MARRIES HER 8TH HUSBAND RONALD DANTE
  • IN 1970, GUESS WHO GOES TO #1 WITH “AMERICAN WOMAN”
 
  • IN 1974, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES JUDICIARY COMMITTEE OPENS HEARINGS ON IMPEACHING PRESIDENT NIXON
  • IN 1977, PATTY HEARST IS RELEASED FROM PRISON
  • IN 1978, “AIN’T MISBEHAVIN” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1980, “FRIDAY THE 13TH” IS RELEASED IN THEATERS
 
  • IN 1982, “9” OPENS ON BROADWAY
  • IN 1982, DEAN MARTIN IS ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING
  • IN 1987, 27 YEAR OLD TOM CRUISE MARRIES 33 YEAR OLD MIMI ROGERS
  • IN 1987, STARSHIP HITS #1 WITH “NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW”
 
  • IN 1989, WHILE TALKING TO THE UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND, VICE PRESIDENT DAN QUAYLE ATTEMPTS TO SAY “A MIND IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE” BUT INSTEAD SAYS “WHAT A WASTE IT IS TO LOSE ONE’S MIND”
  • IN 1991, MICHAEL LANDON GOES ON THE TONIGHT SHOW TO REVEAL HE HAS CANCER
  • IN 1991, WILLIAM KENNEDY SMITH IS CHARGED WITH RAPING PATRICIA BOWMAN
  • IN 1992, NBC AIRS THE FINAL EPISODE OF “THE GOLDEN GIRLS”
 
  • IN 1992, THE SALEM WITCHCRAFT VICTIMS MEMORIAL OPENS IN DANVERS, MASSACHUSETTS TO MARK THE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS
  • IN 1994, JOEL RIFKIN IS FOUND GUILTY OF MASS MURDER IN LONG ISLAND, NY
  • IN 1997, THE UNITED STATES OFFICIALLY REGAINS DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH VIETNAM AND SENDS ITS FIRST AMBASSADOR SINCE THE VIETNAM WAR
  • IN 2000, MARC ANTHONY MARRIES FORMER MISS UNIVERSE DAYANARA TORRES
 
  • IN 2001, 129 PEOPLE DIE WHEN A SOCCER REFEREE’S CALL IN ACCRA STADIUM IN GHANA IS PROTESTED. POLICE BEGIN FIRING TEAR GAS WHICH LEADS TO A STAMPEDE
  • IN 2002, 13 PALESTINIAN MILITANTS ARE DEPORTED AFTER A 38 DAY STANDOFF IN THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY IN BETHLEHEM
  • IN 2004, KATE BECKINSDALE MARRIES “UNDERWORLD” DIRECTOR LEN WISEMAN
  • IN 2005, RENEE ZELLWEGER MARRIES KENNY CHESNEY FOR FOUR MONTHS
 
  • IN 2005, ARIANNA HUFFINGTON LAUNCHES THE HUFFINGTON POST
  • IN 2008, “THE VIEW” COHOST STAR JONES DIVORCES HER HUSBAND OF THREE YEARS AL REYNOLDS AFTER HE COMES OUT AS GAY
  • IN 2009, JACOB ZUMA BECOMES PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA
  • IN 2010, LENA HORNE DIES AT 92 OF HEART FAILURE
 
  • IN 2012, A RUSSIAN PASSENGER JET DISAPPEARS. ALL 45 PEOPLE ON BOARD ARE ASSUMED DEAD
  • IN 2012, PRESIDENT OBAMA OFFICIALLY STATES HIS SUPPORT FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE
  • IN 2012, VIDAL SASSOON DIES OF LEUKEMIA AT 84
  • IN 2016, RODRIGO DUTERTE WINS THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN THE PHILLIPINES
  • IN 2016, BORIS JOHNSON RESIGNS AS MAYOR OF LONDON
  • IN 2017, PRESIDENT TRUMP FIRES JAMES COMEY AS FBI DIRECTOR
  • IN 2017, MOON JAE-IN IS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF SOUTH KOREA AFTER PRESIDENT PARK GUEN-HYE IS DISMISSED FOR CORRUPTION
 

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