What happened on May 9? There are more than 253 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About May 9

May 9 In HistoryMay 9 is the 129th day of the year 2021. There are 236 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday. This day falls under the 18th week of the year 2021.

On this day in Mabelvale, Arkansas 72103 sunrise occured at 06:10 AM and sunset occured at 08:01 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Taurus. The modern birthstone for this month is Emerald while the mystical birthstone is Sapphire.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 268 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 1, 2022).

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Historical Events For May 9

  • 328
    Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria.
  • 1092
    Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated.
  • 1450
    'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated.
  • 1671
    Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England’s Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
  • 1726
    Five men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap’s molly house in London are executed at Tyburn.
  • 1864
    Second War of Schleswig: The Danish navy defeats the Austrian and Prussian fleets in the Battle of Heligoland.
  • 1873
    Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression.
  • 1874
    The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, traveling two routes.
  • 1877
    A magnitude 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Peru kills 2,541, including some as far away as Hawaii and Japan.
  • 1877
    Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of Romania.
  • 1887
    Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show opens in London.
  • 1901
    Australia opens its first parliament in Melbourne.
  • 1904
    The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 mph.
  • 1911
    The works of Gabriele D'Annunzio placed by the Vatican in the Index of Forbidden Books.
  • 1915
    World War I: Second Battle of Artois between German and French forces.
  • 1918
    World War I: Germans repel the British’s second attempt to blockade the port of Ostend, Belgium.
  • 1920
    Polish-Soviet War: The Polish army under General Edward Rydz-Śmigły celebrates its capture of Kiev with a victory parade on Khreschatyk.
  • 1926
    Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of Byrd’s diary seems to indicate that this did not happen).
  • 1927
    The Australian Parliament first convenes in Canberra.
  • 1936
    Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after taking the capital Addis Ababa on May 5.
  • 1940
    World War II: The German submarine U-9 sinks the French coastal submarine Doris near Den Helder.
  • 1941
    World War II: The German submarine U-110 is captured by the Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma cryptography machine which Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: The SS murders 588 Jewish residents of the Podolian town of Zinkiv (Khmelnytska oblast, Ukraine). The Zoludek Ghetto (in Belarus) is destroyed and all its inhabitants murdered or deported.
  • 1945
    World War II: Ratification in Berlin-Karlshorst of the German unconditional surrender of May 8 in Rheims, France, with the signatures of Marshal Georgy Zhukov for the Soviet Union, and for the Western Headquarters Sir Arthur Tedder, British Air Marshal and Eisenhower’s deputy, and for the German side of Colonel-General Hans-Jürgen Stumpff as the representative of the Luftwaffe, Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel as the Chief of Staff of OKW, and Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg as Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Channel Islands are liberated by the British after five years of German occupation.
  • 1946
    King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by Humbert II.
  • 1948
    Czechoslovakia’s Ninth-of-May Constitution comes into effect.
  • 1949
    Rainier III of Monaco becomes Prince of Monaco.
  • 1950
    Robert Schuman presents his proposal on the creation of an organized Europe, which according to him was indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the “Schuman declaration”, is considered by some people to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.
  • 1955
    Cold War: West Germany joins NATO.
  • 1960
    The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle’s Enovid, making Enovid the world’s first approved oral contraceptive pill.
  • 1961
    Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles becomes the first player in baseball history to hit grand slams in consecutive innings.
  • 1964
    Ngo Dinh Can, de facto ruler of central Vietnam under his brother President Ngo Dinh Diem before the family’s toppling, is executed.
  • 1969
    Carlos Lamarca leads the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo, by robbing two banks.
  • 1970
    Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 75,000 to 100,000 war protesters demonstrate in front of the White House.
  • 1974
    Watergate Scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.
  • 1979
    Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is executed by firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000 member strong Jewish community of Iran.
  • 1980
    In Florida, Liberian freighter MV Summit Venture collides with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, making a 1,400-ft. section of the southbound span collapse. 35 people in six cars and a Greyhound bus fall 150 ft. into the water and die.
  • 1980
    In Norco, California, five masked gunman hold up a Security Pacific bank, leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits in California history. Two of the gunmen and one police officer are killed and thirty-three police and civilian vehicles are destroyed in the chase.
  • 1987
    A Polish LOT Ilyushin IL-62M “Tadeusz Kościuszko” (SP-LBG) crashes after takeoff in Warsaw, Poland, killing 183 people.
  • 1992
    Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War.
  • 2001
    In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths are caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium) that followed a controversial decision by the referee.
  • 2002
    In Kaspiysk, Russia, a remote-controlled bomb explodes during a holiday parade killing 43 and injuring at least 130.
  • 2002
    The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected terrorists among them deported to several different countries.
  • 2004
    Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed by a land mine under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya.
  • 2006
    Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.

Who Were Born On May 9?

  • 1147
    Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese shogun (d. 1199)
  • 1741
    Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (d. 1816)
  • 1800
    John Brown, American abolitionist (d. 1859)
  • 1801
    Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood, English Member of Parliament and developer (d. 1866)
  • 1837
    Adam Opel, German engineer and industrialist (d. 1895)
  • 1860
    J. M. Barrie, Scottish author (d. 1937)
  • 1866
    Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Leader of Indian Independence Movement (d. 1915)
  • 1873
    Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)
  • 1874
    Howard Carter, British archaeologist (d. 1939)
  • 1882
    George Barker, American painter (d. 1965)
  • 1882
    Henry J. Kaiser, American shipbuilder (d. 1967)
  • 1883
    José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher (d. 1955)
  • 1886
    Francis Biddle, United States Attorney General (d. 1968)
  • 1888
    Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector and museum director (d. 1964)
  • 1892
    Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Empress of Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
  • 1893
    William Moulton Marston, American psychologist, writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman) (d. 1947)
  • 1895
    Lucian Blaga, Romanian poet, playwright, and philosopher (d. 1961)
  • 1895
    Richard Barthelmess, American actor (d. 1963)
  • 1907
    Baldur von Schirach, Nazi official (d. 1974)
  • 1907
    Fred Warngård, Swedish athlete (d. 1950)
  • 1907
    Kathryn Kuhlman, famed evangelist (d. 1976)
  • 1908
    Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (d. 2007)
  • 1909
    Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
  • 1912
    Géza Ottlik, Hungarian writer (d. 1990)
  • 1912
    Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (d. 1963)
  • 1912
    Per Imerslund, Norwegian writer (d. 1943)
  • 1914
    Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian musician and conductor (d. 2005)
  • 1914
    Denham Fouts, American male prostitute and socialite (d. 1948)
  • 1914
    Hank Snow, American country music singer and songwriter (d. 1999)
  • 1918
    Mike Wallace, American journalist
  • 1918
    Moisis Michail Bourlas, Greek member of the World War II resistance (d. 2011)
  • 1918
    Orville L. Freeman, American politician (d. 2003)
  • 1919
    Arthur English, English actor and comedian (d. 1995)
  • 1920
    Richard Adams, English author
  • 1920
    William Tenn, American author (d. 2010)
  • 1921
    Daniel Berrigan, American peace activist
  • 1921
    Mona Van Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
  • 1921
    Sophie Scholl, resistance fighter in Nazi Germany (d. 1943)
  • 1923
    Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (d. 2008)
  • 1924
    Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician (d. 1997)
  • 1927
    Manfred Eigen, German biophysicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • 1928
    Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater
  • 1928
    Pancho Gonzales, American tennis player (d. 1995)
  • 1928
    Ralph Goings, American painter
  • 1929
    Kay Dotrice, British actress (d. 2007)
  • 1930
    Joan Sims, British actress (d. 2001)
  • 1930
    Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist
  • 1931
    Vance Brand, American astronaut
  • 1932
    Geraldine McEwan, English actress
  • 1933
    Jessica Steele, English romance novelist
  • 1934
    Alan Bennett, British author
  • 1935
    Nokie Edwards, American guitarist (The Ventures)
  • 1935
    Roger Hargreaves, English children’s author (Mr. Men) (d. 1988)
  • 1936
    Albert Finney, British actor
  • 1936
    Glenda Jackson, English actress and politician
  • 1937
    David Prater, American singer (Sam & Dave) (d. 1988)
  • 1937
    José Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect
  • 1937
    Sonny Curtis, American singer, songwriter, guitarist
  • 1938
    Charles Simic, Yugoslavian-born poet, 15th Poet Laureate of the United States
  • 1939
    Ion Ţiriac, Romanian tennis manager
  • 1939
    Pierre Desproges, French humorist (d. 1988)
  • 1939
    Ralph Boston, American athlete
  • 1940
    James L. Brooks, American film producer and writer
  • 1941
    Pete Birrell, British bass guitarist
  • 1942
    Jerry Buchek, American baseball players
  • 1942
    John Ashcroft, United States Attorney General
  • 1942
    Tommy Roe, American singer and songwriter
  • 1943
    Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (d. 2009)
  • 1943
    Vince Cable, British politician
  • 1944
    Laurence Owen, American figure skater (d. 1961)
  • 1944
    Richie Furay, American musician (Poco and Buffalo Springfield)
  • 1945
    Steve Katz, American musician (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
  • 1946
    Candice Bergen, American actress
  • 1946
    Clint Holmes, English-born American singer and songwriter
  • 1948
    Calvin Murphy, American basketball player
  • 1948
    Hans Georg Bock, German mathematician
  • 1949
    Billy Joel, American musician
  • 1950
    Tom Petersson, American bass guitarist (Cheap Trick)
  • 1951
    Alley Mills, American actress
  • 1953
    Amy Hill, American actress
  • 1953
    Bruno Brokken, Belgian high jumper
  • 1954
    Lawrence Dutton, American violist
  • 1955
    Anne Sofie von Otter, Swedish mezzo-soprano
  • 1955
    Kevin Peter Hall, American actor (d. 1991)
  • 1956
    Wendy Crewson, Canadian actress
  • 1960
    Tony Gwynn, American baseball player
  • 1961
    Sean Altman, American singer (Rockapella)
  • 1962
    Dave Gahan, English singer (Depeche Mode)
  • 1962
    John Corbett, American actor
  • 1962
    Paul Heaton, English singer/songwriter (Beautiful South)
  • 1963
    Sanja Doležal, Croatian singer (Novi fosili)
  • 1965
    Janu Tornell, American model and Survivor contestant
  • 1965
    Ken Nomura, Japanese racing driver
  • 1965
    Steve Yzerman, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966
    Mark Tinordi, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1968
    David Benoit, American basketball player
  • 1968
    Marie-José Pérec, French athlete
  • 1969
    Amber, Dutch musician
  • 1969
    Hudson Leick, American actress
  • 1970
    Doug Christie, American basketball player
  • 1970
    Ghostface Killah, American rapper
  • 1971
    Paul McGuigan, English bassist (Oasis)
  • 1972
    Dana Perino, former White House press secretary
  • 1972
    Daniela Silivaş, Romanian gymnast and Olympic Champion
  • 1972
    Lisa Ann, American Pornographic Actress
  • 1972
    Megumi Odaka, Japanese actress and artist
  • 1973
    Chu Sang-mi, South Korean actress
  • 1974
    Dylan Lauren,American businesswoman & daughter of fashion designer Ralph Lauren
  • 1975
    Brian Deegan, freestyle motocross innovator
  • 1975
    Chris Diamantopoulos, Canadian actor
  • 1975
    Lane Kiffin, American football coach
  • 1975
    Tamia, Canadian singer
  • 1976
    Christos Marangos, Greek-Cypriot footballer
  • 1977
    Choi Jeong-yoon, South Korean actress
  • 1977
    Iñigo Landaluze, Spanish cyclist
  • 1977
    Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • 1978
    Aaron Harang, American baseball player
  • 1978
    Leandro Damián Cufré, Argentine footballer
  • 1978
    Santiago Dellapè, Argentine-born Italian rugby player
  • 1979
    Andrew W.K., American musician
  • 1979
    Brandon Webb, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Dionysis Boukouvalas, Greek composer, pianist and musicologist
  • 1979
    Matt Morris, American singer-songwriter
  • 1979
    Pierre Bouvier, Canadian musician (Simple Plan)
  • 1979
    Rosario Dawson, American actress
  • 1980
    Angela Nikodinov, American figure skater
  • 1980
    Grant Hackett, Australian swimmer
  • 1980
    Jo Hyeon-jae, South Korean actor
  • 1980
    Tony Schmidt, German racing driver
  • 1981
    Bill Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1981
    Evangelos Tsiolis, Greek footballer
  • 1981
    Yu Yokoyama, Japanese actor and singer
  • 1982
    Rachel Boston, American actress
  • 1983
    Gilles Müller, Luxembourgian tennis player
  • 1983
    Leandro Rinaudo, Italian footballer
  • 1983
    Ryuhei Matsuda, Japanese actor
  • 1983
    Tyler Lumsden, American baseball player
  • 1984
    Prince Fielder, American baseball player
  • 1985
    Audrina Patridge, American actress
  • 1985
    Henrique, Brazilian soccer player
  • 1985
    Jake Long, American football player
  • 1988
    John Ryan Fitzpatrick, Canadian race truck driver
  • 1992
    Chris Gutierrez, Filipino actor
  • 1993
    Ryosuke Yamada, Japanese actor and singer
  • 1997
    Zane Huett, American actor

Who Died On May 9?

  • 1315
    Hugh V, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1282)
  • 1446
    Mary of Enghien, Queen of Naples (b. 1368)
  • 1657
    William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony (b. 1590)
  • 1707
    Dieterich Buxtehude, German composer
  • 1745
    Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian violinist and composer(b. 1663)
  • 1747
    John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish soldier and diplomat (b. 1673)
  • 1760
    Nicolaus Ludwig Zinzendorf, German religious and social reformer (b. 1700)
  • 1789
    Jean Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval, French artillery specialist (b. 1715)
  • 1790
    William Clingan, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  • 1791
    Francis Hopkinson, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1737)
  • 1805
    Friedrich Schiller, German poet and historian (b. 1759)
  • 1861
    Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philosopher and writer (b. 1805)
  • 1889
    William S. Harney, U.S. general (b. 1800)
  • 1914
    C.W. Post, American food manufacturer (b. 1854)
  • 1915
    François Faber, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1887)
  • 1918
    George Coşbuc, Romanian poet (b. 1866)
  • 1931
    Albert Abraham Michelson, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852)
  • 1938
    Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (b. 1866)
  • 1949
    Prince Louis II of Monaco (b. 1870)
  • 1950
    Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist, and engineer (b. 1883)
  • 1955
    Kate Booth, oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)
  • 1957
    Ezio Pinza, Italian bass (b. 1892)
  • 1957
    Sir Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan Philanthropist (b. 1887)
  • 1964
    Rico Lebrun, Italian-American painter and sculptor (b. 1900)
  • 1965
    Leopold Figl, Austrian politician (b. 1902)
  • 1968
    Finlay Currie, British actor (b. 1878)
  • 1968
    Marion Lorne, American actress (b. 1885)
  • 1968
    Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
  • 1970
    Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • 1970
    Walter Reuther, American labor leader (b. 1907)
  • 1976
    Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
  • 1976
    Ulrike Meinhof, German communist militant (b. 1934)
  • 1977
    James Jones, American writer (b. 1921)
  • 1978
    Aldo Moro, Prime Minister of Italy: 1963-1968, 1974-1976 (b. 1916)
  • 1979
    Cyrus Eaton, Canadian-American businessman and industrialist (b. 1883)
  • 1981
    Ralph Allen, English footballer (b. 1906)
  • 1985
    Edmond O'Brien, American actor (b. 1915)
  • 1986
    Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese sherpa and 1st sherpa to climb Mt. Everest (b. 1914)
  • 1989
    Keith Whitley, American country music singer (b. 1955)
  • 1993
    Jacques Dextraze, French Canadian military officer (b. 1919)
  • 1994
    Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter (b. 1924)
  • 1997
    Marco Ferreri, Italian film director (b. 1928)
  • 1997
    Rawya Ateya, Egyptian politician and first female parliamentarian in the Arab world (b. 1926)
  • 1998
    Alice Faye, American actress (b. 1915)
  • 1998
    Rommie Loudd, former American football player, coach, and executive (b. 1933)
  • 1998
    Talat Mahmood, Indian singer (b. 1924)
  • 2000
    Arthur Davis, American animator (b. 1905)
  • 2001
    James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) and producer (b. 1919)
  • 2002
    Dan Devine, American football coach (b. 1924)
  • 2003
    Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (b. 1918)
  • 2004
    Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen president (b. 1951)
  • 2004
    Alan King, American comedian (b. 1927)
  • 2005
    Nasrat Parsa, Afghan singer (b. 1969)
  • 2007
    Dwight Wilson, second-to-last Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • 2007
    Edith Rodriguez, woman refused emergency room treatment for gastrointestinal perforation (b. 1964)
  • 2008
    Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (b. 1929)
  • 2008
    Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist (b. 1942)
  • 2009
    Chuck Daly, American basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • 2009
    Evgenios Spatharis, Greek shadow theatre artist (b. 1924)
  • 2010
    Lena Horne, American singer and actress (b. 1917)
  • 2010
    Otakar Motejl, Czechoslvakian politician (b. 1932)
  • 2011
    Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist (b. 1984)

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