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1988Australia's new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra

2012United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same sex marriage

198318th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Willie Nelson

1973For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game

1993Meg Mallon wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic

1934Bradman out for a Cricket duck against Cambridge University!

1922The International Astronomical Union formally adopt Annie Jump Cannon's stellar classification system, which with only minor changes, is still used today

1964Khrushchev visits Egypt

1941Louis Buchalter is arraigned in New York state court on the 1936 Joseph Rosen murder along with three other murders

1502Columbus left Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World

1987Oriole Eddie Murray is 1st to switch hit HRs in 2 consecutive games

2005Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched

1836HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin departs Port Louis, Mauritius

1959Dorothy Rigney, husband John, & Hank Greenberg resign from White Sox

1978Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found

1958Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo", starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

May 9th Historical Events
Date Event
1457
Battle of Megiddo (15thC BC) between Egyptian Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under King of Kadesh. First battle recorded with a reliable account . 
BC
AD
328
Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria. 
1092
Lincoln Cathedral consecrated 
1386
Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England (the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force) 
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 Guise's 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 
1768
John Hancock pays duties on 25 pipes of wine, only one fourth of his ship's carrying capacity, and British officials accuse him of unloading the rest during the night to avoid paying the duties on the entire cargo 
1785
British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle 
1788
British parliament accepts abolition 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 
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
Cleve's Earl Moore no-hits Chicago White Sox 9 inn but loses in 10th 4-2 
1901
The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May 
1901
A financial panic begins in the USA following the struggle between two groups to control the railroads between the Great Lakes and the Pacific 
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 Theatre 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
US President 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 
1922
The International Astronomical Union formally adopt Annie Jump Cannon's stellar classification system, which with only minor changes, is still used today 
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, London first 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 
1941
Louis Buchalter is arraigned in New York state court on the 1936 Joseph Rosen murder along with three other murders 
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
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
King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, replaced by his son Umberto II 
1949
Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway, London 
1949
Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco 
1950
French Foreign Minister 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. 
1956
War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan was finally signed at Malacañang Palace under Magsaysay administration. 
1958
Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship 
1958
Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo", starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released 
1959
Dorothy Rigney, husband John, & Hank Greenberg resign from White Sox 
1960
Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth 
1960
US is 1st country to use the birth control pill legally 
1960
US send U-2 over USSR 
1961
Balt Oriole Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams (9 RBIs) vs Minnesota Twins 
1961
FCC Chairman Newton N Minow criticizes TV as a "vast wasteland" 
1961
Jim Gentile is 4th to hit grand slams in consecutive innings 
1962
Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone 
1962
Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time 
1962
US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island 
1963
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1964
Khrushchev visits Egypt 
1964
Peter & Gordon release "World Without Love" 
1965
Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert 
1965
Luna 5 launched (USSR) 1st attempt to soft land on Moon (fails) 
1966
1st black member of Federal Reserve Board (A F Brimmer) 
1966
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
1967
1st flight of Fokker F-28 Fellowship 
1967
Gijsbert van Hall resigns as mayor of Amsterdam 
1969
BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Billy Hardwick 
1969
Following his release from prison Ian Paisley, North Ireland Loyalist holds a 'victory' meeting 
1970
100,000s demonstrate against Vietnam War 
1971
23rd Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Jack Klugman & Jean Stapleton win 
1971
Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42) 
1971
Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes 
1971
Largest walk in crowd (31,626) in Balt Oriole history 
1971
Sandra Haynie wins LPGA San Antonio Alamo Golf Open 
1973
For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game 
1974
US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment 
1975
Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m (world record) 
1975
Flyers 1-Isles 5-Semifinals-Flyers hold 3-2 lead 
1976
"So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 perfs 
1976
Sally Little wins LPGA Ladies Masters at Moss Creek Golf Tournament 
1977
Hotel Poland in Amsterdam destroyed by fire, 33 killed 
1977
Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to Rep of Cameroon 
1977
Patty Hearst let out of jail 
1978
"Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 perfs 
1978
Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found 
1978
Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage 
1978
PSV beats Bastica, 3-0, to win UEFA Cup in Eindhoven Neth 
1980
35 motorists die as a Liberian freighter rams a Tampa Bay Bridge 
1981
Kazimiroff Blvd in Bronx named for a Bronx historian 
1982
"9" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 739 performances 
1982
Arthur Kopit's musical "Nine" premieres in NYC 
1982
Sally Little wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic 
1983
18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Willie Nelson 
1984
Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000 
1984
Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 inn (started 5/8) 
1984
White Sox & Brewers play 8:06, game, longest timed baseball game 
1987
183 die aboard a Polish jetliner that crashes in Warsaw 
1987
Oriole Eddie Murray is 1st to switch hit HRs in 2 consecutive games 
1988
Australia's new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Canberra 
1988
Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms 
1989
"Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances 
1989
Journalist petition Chinese government for freedom of press 
1989
NY Mets Kevin Elster, errors after 88 errorless games at shortstop 
1989
NY Mets Rick Cerone, errors after 159 errorless games as catcher 
1989
VP Quayle say in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste" 
1990
NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur 
1990
Sampdoria wins 30th Europe Cup II 
1991
Italian actress Laura Antonelli found guilty of cocaine possession 
1991
Michael Landon appears on Tonight Show to talk about his cancer 
1992
America Cup finals begin in San Diego 
1992
Final episode of "Golden Girls" airs on NBC-TV 
1992
Michelle McLean, 19, of Namibia, crowned 41st Miss Universe 
1992
Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War. 
1992
Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial dedicated in Danvers (formally Salem Village) to mark 300 yr anniversary of trials 
1993
"Ain't Broadway Grand" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 perfs 
1993
"Song of Jacob Zulu" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 53 perfs 
1993
Landslide in Nambija Ecuador, kills 300 
1993
Meg Mallon wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic 
1993
Mustapha Matura's "Playboy of West Indies" premieres in NYC 
1993
Paraguay holds its 1st pres & parliamentary elections in 50 years 
1994
"Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances 
1994
Mass murderer Joel Rifkind found guilty in NY 
1995
Cleveland Indians tie record of scoring 8 runs before making an out, they beat Twins 10-0 
1995
Kinshasa, Zaire under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus 
1997
1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam 
1997
San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones 
2001
In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths were caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium)that followed a controversial decision by the referee handling a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko. 
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 militants among them deported to several different countries. 
2002
In Kaspiysk, Russia, a remote-controlled bomb explodes during a holiday parade killing 43 and injuring at least 130. 
2004
Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya. 
2005
Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched 
2006
Estonia ratifies the European Constitution. 
2006
George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history. 
2012
Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars 
2012
A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board 
2012
United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same sex marriage 
2013
Everton Manager David Moyes is announced to become Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United (he only lasted 10 months) 
2016
Panama Papers report alleges NZ prime place for rich to hide money 
2016
Trump-like mayor favoured as Philippines votes for new president 
2016
North Korea says to push nuclear programme, defying UN sanctions 
2016
Mercury set to flit across the Sun 
2016
Greece passes tax and pension reforms 
2016
Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray in Madrid Open final 
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