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, 1,588,982,400 seconds 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
A magnitude 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Peru kills 2,541, including some as far away as Hawaii and Japan.
The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 mph.
The works of Gabriele D'Annunzio placed by the Vatican in the Index of Forbidden Books.
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.
Czechoslovakia’s Ninth-of-May Constitution comes into effect.
Rainier III of Monaco becomes Prince of Monaco.
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.
A Polish LOT Ilyushin IL-62M “Tadeusz Kościuszko” (SP-LBG) crashes after takeoff in Warsaw, Poland, killing 183 people.
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.
Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
Who were born on May 9?
J. M. Barrie, Scottish author (d. 1937)
Hank Snow, American country music singer and songwriter (d. 1999)
Arthur English, English actor and comedian (d. 1995)
José Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect
Lisa Ann, American Pornographic Actress
Tamia, Canadian singer
Aaron Harang, American baseball player
Bill Murphy, American baseball player
Rachel Boston, American actress
Zane Huett, American actor
Who died on May 9?
Dieterich Buxtehude, German composer
Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian violinist and composer(b. 1663)
John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish soldier and diplomat (b. 1673)
Friedrich Schiller, German poet and historian (b. 1759)
Kate Booth, oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)
Ezio Pinza, Italian bass (b. 1892)
Keith Whitley, American country music singer (b. 1955)
Rawya Ateya, Egyptian politician and first female parliamentarian in the Arab world (b. 1926)
James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) and producer (b. 1919)
Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist (b. 1984)
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