What happened this day in history May 9

What are the important events that happened on May 9? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

May 9: Facts & Myths About This Day

May 9 is the 130th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 236 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 26, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,483,040 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectatriacontagon’ day.

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Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 279 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,696 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 9 Historical Events

  • 1873
    Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression.
  • 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.
  • 1920
    Polish-Soviet War: The Polish army under General Edward Rydz-Śmigły celebrates its capture of Kiev with a victory parade on Khreschatyk.
  • 1936
    Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after taking the capital Addis Ababa on May 5.
  • 1949
    Rainier III of Monaco becomes Prince of Monaco.
  • 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.
  • 1969
    Carlos Lamarca leads the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo, by robbing two banks.
  • 1987
    A Polish LOT Ilyushin IL-62M “Tadeusz Kościuszko” (SP-LBG) crashes after takeoff in Warsaw, Poland, killing 183 people.

Who were born on May 9?

  • 1800
    John Brown, American abolitionist (d. 1859)
  • 1873
    Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)
  • 1918
    Orville L. Freeman, American politician (d. 2003)
  • 1920
    Richard Adams, English author
  • 1948
    Hans Georg Bock, German mathematician
  • 1962
    John Corbett, American actor
  • 1962
    Paul Heaton, English singer/songwriter (Beautiful South)
  • 1979
    Dionysis Boukouvalas, Greek composer, pianist and musicologist
  • 1983
    Ryuhei Matsuda, Japanese actor
  • 1985
    Henrique, Brazilian soccer player

Who died on May 9?

  • 1760
    Nicolaus Ludwig Zinzendorf, German religious and social reformer (b. 1700)
  • 1889
    William S. Harney, U.S. general (b. 1800)
  • 1915
    François Faber, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1887)
  • 1918
    George Coşbuc, Romanian poet (b. 1866)
  • 1950
    Esteban Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist, and engineer (b. 1883)
  • 1964
    Rico Lebrun, Italian-American painter and sculptor (b. 1900)
  • 1997
    Rawya Ateya, Egyptian politician and first female parliamentarian in the Arab world (b. 1926)
  • 2000
    Arthur Davis, American animator (b. 1905)
  • 2004
    Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen president (b. 1951)
  • 2009
    Evgenios Spatharis, Greek shadow theatre artist (b. 1924)

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