It happened today – this day in history – May 9

1092: Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated.

1386: The Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England is ratified.

1450: Timurid monarch Abd al-Latif is assassinated.

1502: Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his fourth and final trip to the New World.

1671: Colonel Thomas Blood attempts to steal the Crown Jewels.

1689: William III declares war on France.

1753: Louis XV disbands the French parliament.

1788: British parliament accepts the abolition of the slave trade.

1816: Lady Caroline Lamb publishes “Genarvon”, a thinly disguised account of her affair with Lord Byron.

1865: President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation declaring armed resistance in the South is virtually at an end; this is the commonly accepted end date of the American Civil War.

1868: Premiere of Anton Bruckner’s 1st Symphony in C.

1874: Victoria Embankment opens in London.

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

1927: Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia.

1930: John Masefield is appointed Poet Laureate by George V.

1936: Italy annexes Abyssinia.

1941: Alan Turing at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after the capture of Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen.

1943: The 5th German Panzer army surrenders in Tunisia.

1944: Russians recapture Crimea by taking Sevastopol.

1945: Czechoslovakia is liberated from Nazi occupation. On the same day, the Channel Islands are liberated, Norwegian prime minister Vidkun Quisling is arrested as a Nazi collaborator and Hermann Goering is captured by US troops.

1946: King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by his son Umberto II who reigns for only 34 days before the monarchy is abolished.

1949: Britain’s first launderette opens in Queensway, London. On the same day, Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco.

1951: England play their first international against foreign opposition at Wembley, beating Argentina 2-1 in front of 99,000 fans.

1955: West Germany joins NATO.

1956: Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden refuses to reveal details surrounding the disappearance of a naval diver during a goodwill visit by the Soviet leadership, telling the House of Commons “the appropriate disciplinary steps” were being taken – heightening speculation that Commander Lionel “Buster” Crabb was on a secret spying mission for which permission had not been granted.


1958: Singles chart:

  1. Whole Lotta Woman – Marvin Rainwater
  2. Who’s Sorry Now – Connie Francis
  3. A Wonderful Time Up There – Pat Boone
  4. Wearr My Ring Around Your Neck – Elvis Presley
  5. Swingin’ Shepherd Blues – Ted Heath and his Music
  6. Lollipop – The Chordettes
  7. Tom Hark – Elias and his Zigzag Jive Flutes
  8. The Grand Coolie Dam – Lonnie Donegan
  9. Tequila – The Champs
  10. Lollipop – The Mudlarks

1960: Nigeria becomes a member of the Commonwealth. On the same day, the US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill.

1962: The Beatles sign a recording contract with EMI Parlophone. On the same day, a laser beam is bounced off the moon for the first time.

1965: The Beatles – Beatles For Sale

1965: Album chart

  1. Beatles For Sale – The Beatles
  2. The Freewheelin’Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan
  3. Rolling Stones No2 – The Rolling Stones
  4. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
  5. Mary Poppins – Original Soundtrack
  6. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  7. Kinda Kinks – The Kinks
  8. Best Of – Jim Reeves
  9. My Fair Lady – Original Soundtrack
  10. Lucky 13 Shades Of – Val Doonican

1972: Israeli soldiers disguised as maintenance staff storm a hijacked airplane at Lod airport in Tel Aviv and release the 100 people on board.

1978: The corpse of kidnapped Italian ex-premier Aldo Moro is found in the back of a Renault 4, after being shot 10 times by the Red Brigade.

1979: Police open fire on anti-government protesters in outside the Metropolitan cathedral in El Salvador, killing 24.

1986: Death of Tenzing Norgay, sherpa for Edmund Hillary in the first ascent of Mt Everest, aged 71.

1987: Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers.

1988: Syria hints it may send in troops to halt the bloodshed in the slums of southern Beirut. On the same day, Australia’s new parliament house in Canberra is opened by HM The Queen.

1990: Sampdoria win the European Cup Winner’s Cup 2-0 against Anderlecht in Gothenburg.

1998: Dana International wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Israel singing “Diva” in Birmingham.

1999: Father Ted wins best comedy at the BAFTA TV awards.

2001: 129 Ghanian football fans die in a stampede at Accra Sports Stadium caused by the firing of teargas by police following a decision by the referee in a match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.

2004: Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a Second World War memorial victory parade in Grozny.

2005: Launch of website The Huffington Post.

2010: Actress and singer Lena Horne dies aged 92.

2012: Death of hair stylist Vidal Sassoon aged 84.

2013: Everton Manager David Moyes is announced as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United.

2017: Record producer/composer/musician/DJ Robert Miles dies on Ibiza at the age of 47 from cancer. On the same day, President Donald Trump dismisses FBI Director James Comey.

2020: Little Richard (Penniman) dies of bone cancer at the age of 87.

2021: President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopes Obrador makes an historic apology to the Mayan people for abuses against them in the five centuries since the Spanish conquest.

2022: An Andy Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe sells for $195 million at auction in New York – the highest price ever for an American artwork. On the same day, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa submits his resignation to his brother President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, amid continuing violent protests.

2023: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is arrested at the High Court in Islamabad, prompting violent protests. On the same day, Donald Trump is found guilty in a New York court of sexually abusing E. Jean Carroll and ordered to pay $5million for battery and defamation.

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BIRTHDAYS: Alan Bennett, playwright, 90; Sonny Curtis, musician (The Crickets) 87; Vince Cable, politician, 81; Tommy Roe, singer-songwriter, 81; Richie Furay, musician (Buffalo Springfield/Poco) 80; Steve Katz, guitarist (Blood Sweat and Tears) 79; Candice Bergen, actress, 78; Billy Joel singer-songwriter, 75; John “Rhino” Edwards, bassist (Status Quo) 71; Tessa Peake-Jones, actress, 67; Paul Heaton, singer-songwriter (The Housemartins/The Beautiful South) 62; Dave Gahan, singer (Depeche Mode) 62; Tracy Brabin MP, politician/actress, 62; Kitty Aldridge (Knopfler), actress, 62; Neil “Razor” Ruddock, footballer, 56; Ghostface Killah (Dennis Coles), rapper, 54; Martin Lewis, financial journalist/broadcaster, 52; Rosario Dawson, actress, 45; Grace Gummer, actress, 38; Ellen White, footballer, 35; Beth Mead, footballer, 29.