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 129th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 236 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is April 26, 2021 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 27,008,640 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 ‘hectaicosaenneagon’ 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 268 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 3,061 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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May 9 Historical Events

  • 1092
    Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1949
    Rainier III of Monaco becomes Prince of Monaco.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.

Who were born on May 9?

  • 1873
    Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)
  • 1883
    José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher (d. 1955)
  • 1893
    William Moulton Marston, American psychologist, writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman) (d. 1947)
  • 1941
    Pete Birrell, British bass guitarist
  • 1961
    Sean Altman, American singer (Rockapella)
  • 1965
    Janu Tornell, American model and Survivor contestant
  • 1979
    Brandon Webb, American baseball player
  • 1979
    Dionysis Boukouvalas, Greek composer, pianist and musicologist
  • 1988
    John Ryan Fitzpatrick, Canadian race truck driver
  • 1997
    Zane Huett, American actor

Who died on May 9?

  • 1791
    Francis Hopkinson, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1737)
  • 1861
    Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philosopher and writer (b. 1805)
  • 1914
    C.W. Post, American food manufacturer (b. 1854)
  • 1955
    Kate Booth, oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)
  • 1964
    Rico Lebrun, Italian-American painter and sculptor (b. 1900)
  • 1965
    Leopold Figl, Austrian politician (b. 1902)
  • 1968
    Finlay Currie, British actor (b. 1878)
  • 2004
    Alan King, American comedian (b. 1927)
  • 2008
    Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (b. 1929)
  • 2011
    Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist (b. 1984)

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