Today in History - May 9

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

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

1573 – Duke Henri de Guise’s Troops occupy Paris

1671 – Col Thomas Blood attempts to steal Crown Jewels

1689 – English King William II declares war on France

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

1785 – British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle

1788 – British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade

1837 – “Sherrod” burns in Mississippi River below Natchez Miss; 175 dies

1862 – US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis MD to Newport, RI

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 debuts in the city of Mumbai, plying two routes

1877 – Independence Day of Romania

1887 – Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show open in London

1896 – 1st Horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models)

1899 – John Burr patents an improved rotary blade lawn mower in the US

1901 – The first Australian Parliament open in Melbourne

1904 – The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine to exceed 100mph

1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother’s Day

1915 – German & French fight Battle of Artois

1925 – Cornerstone for Hebrew University, Jerusalem laid

1927 – Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia

1943 – Rotschild-Haddassh University Hospital opens

1944 – 1st eye bank opens in New York

1945 – Czechoslovakia liberated from Nazi occupation (National Day)

1945 – New balata ball used in baseball, 50 % livelier

1945 – Victory celebration at Red Square

1945 – WWII: Hermann Goering (Nazi Politician) is captured by the United States Army

1945 – WWII: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day

1945 – WWII: The Channel Islands are formally liberated by the British

1946 – 1st Hour long entertainment TV show, “NBC’s Hour Glass” premieres

1949 – Britain’s 1st launderette (coin operated washing machines) opens in Queensway, London

1960 – US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill

1962 – Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time



1971 – Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42)

1980 - 35 motorists die as a Liberian freighter rams a Tampa Bay Bridge

1994 – Ebola Virus Outbreak – first case in Gabon, are identified which cause the death of 9

2005 – Liberal commentary website, The Huffington Post is launched

2009 – Jacob Zuma is sworn in as President of South Africa

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

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