9 May

9 May

May 9 is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 236 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about May 9th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 9th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • Europe Day.
  • Time of Remembrance And Reconciliation.
  • National Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • National Moscato Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – May 9

2006: Estonia joined the EU in 2006.

1994: Nelson Mandela becomes South Africa’s first black president

Mandela’s inauguration came after more than 300 years of white rule. Before becoming president, he was a pivotal figure in the fight against the racist apartheid regime and was incarcerated for 27 years.

1955: West Germany joined NATO in 1955

1954: Bill Haley releases “Rock Around the Clock”

It was the first rock song to top the Billboard charts and has become a classic of the early rock era.

1941: Adolf Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, parachutes into Scotland to broker a peace agreement

Hess was captured and interrogated. He was the last in a long line of prominent figures to be incarcerated in the Tower of London. Hitler characterized his peace mission four years before the end of World War II as treason.

1933: Nazis ceremonially burn about 25,000 allegedly “un-German” books

The book burnings were part of the right-wing German Student Union’s Action against the Un-German Spirit. Among the burnt books were works by Albert Einstein, Bertolt Brecht, Sigmund Freud, and Franz Kafka.

1869: In the United States, the first coast to coast railroad is completed

The Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroad systems were joined at Promontory Summit in Utah, using a “Golden Spike”. This last spike is now housed in the Cantor Arts Museum at Stanford University.

1945: Soviet snipers Sergeant A. E. Vinogradova (83 kills) and Junior Lieutenant N. P. Belobrova (70 kills) in Germany, May 1945

Soviet snipers Sergeant A. E. Vinogradova (83 kills) and Junior Lieutenant N. P. Belobrova (70 kills) in Germany, May 1945

1936: Dust Bowl refugees, fleeing from the drought in Oklahoma, camp by the roadside in Blythe, California. 1936 (Photo by Dorothea Lange)

Dust Bowl refugees, fleeing from the drought in Oklahoma, camp by the roadside in Blythe, California. 1936 (Photo by Dorothea Lange)

1917: Column of American troops passing Buckingham Palace, London, 1917, WWI.

Column of American troops passing Buckingham Palace, London, 1917, WWI.

1916: Austro-Hungarian POWs on Asinara island, Sardinia, early 1916

Austro-Hungarian POWs on Asinara island, Sardinia, early 1916

1865: A Union Soldier upon his release from Andersonville Prison after being a Prisoner of War during the US Civil War, May 1865.

A Union Soldier upon his release from Andersonville Prison after being a Prisoner of War during the US Civil War, May 1865.

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, May 9

1977: Nick Heidfeld, German race car driver

1960: Bono, Irish singer-songwriter, actor, activist

1957: Sid Vicious, English singer, bass player

1946: Donovan, Scottish/English singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actor

1899: Fred Astaire, American actor, singer, dancer

Rabindranath Tagore was born.

Billy Joel was born.

Maharana pratap was born.

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, May 9

1977: Joan Crawford, American actress

1897: Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino activist

1863: Stonewall Jackson, American general

1818: Paul Revere, American military officer

1774: Louis XV of France

Tenzing Norgay died.

Joseph Louis Gay Lussacs died.

Little Richard died.


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