This Day in History – May 9

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Everything around us is changing, From the evolution of humans to mobile phones, nothing has remained constant but do you know that one thing that can not be changed? Events of history. History is the only thing that is impossible to change. Historical facts help you learn about the cultures, ideologies, and especially how the world has changed. Every day has its importance and is marked as a major event in history. Here are some surprising facts that occurred on May 9!

What Happened in India on May 9?

  • 1540 – Maharaja Rana Pratap was born on May 9, he was the 13th king of Mewar, Rajasthan
  • 1874: Horsebus: In the city of Mumbai, the first horsebus made its debut, running two routes.

  • 2018 – Archaeological conservation body of India was criticized by the Supreme court for failing to protest the  UNESCO World Heritage Site Taj Mahal from discolouration.
  • 2018 – Walmart took a 16 billion stake in Flipkart.
Courtesy: Indian Express

What Happened Around the World on May 9?

Courtesy: Wikipedia
  • 1386 – The Windsor Treaty was concluded between Portugal and England. It is the world’s oldest political partnership that is still in use.
  • 1502- Christopher Columbus embarked on his fourth and final voyage to the New World from Spain on May 9, 1502.
  • 1689: King William III of England declared a war on France.
  • 1793: From Fort Fork, explorer Alexander Mackenzie embarked on his second Pacific voyage on May 9, 1793.
  • 1816: Lady Caroline Lamb published “Glenarvon,” a thinly veiled account of her affair with Lord Byron in which her husband William Lamb is also depicted.
  • 1877: Mihail Kogălniceanu read the Romanian Declaration of Independence in the Chamber of Deputies. The 9th of May was declared Romanian Independence Day.
  • 1901: Melbourne hosted the first Australian Parliament on May 9, 1901.
  • 1904: The steam locomotive City of Truro was the first steam locomotive to reach speeds of over 100 miles per hour.
  • 1914: President Woodrow Wilson of the United States declared Mother’s Day.
  • 1922: Annie Jump Cannon’s stellar classification scheme was officially adopted by the International Astronomical Union, and it is still used today with only slight modifications.
  • 1926: Richard E. Byrd and co-pilot Floyd Bennett claim to be the first to fly over the North Pole. Thanks to an oil spill, they may have turned back 150 miles short of the pole, according to Byrd’s diary, which was later discovered.
  • 1927 – Canberra was the announced new capital of Australia replacing Melbourne.
  • 1944 – First eye bank was opened in New York, USA
  • 1946 –  “NBC’ premiered 1st hour-long entertainment TV show named “Hour Glass” 
  • 1960 – Nigeria was added to the list of  British Commonwealth members.
  • 1960 – USA legalized birth control pills, becoming the first country to legalize birth control.
  • 1964 –  Nikita Khrushchev, soviet first secretary visits Egypt
  • 1966 –  Nuclear test was performed by China Lop Nor, PRC
  • 1974 – Nixon impeachment formal hearing was started by US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee
  • 1977 – Hotel in Amsterdam named Hotel Poland was destroyed by fire, 33 people lost their lives.
  • 1980 – The horror movie “Friday The 13th” is released in the US.
  • 1987 – Polish jetliner crashes in Warsaw and 183 lost their lives.
  • 1988 – Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated Australia’s new parliament house in Canberra.
Courtesy: Harper Bazaar
  • 1990 – Jimmy Breslin who was a NY Newsday reporter was suspended for speaking racial slur.
  • 1991 – Michael Landon talks about his cancer story on The Tonight Show.
  • 1999 – “Father Ted” won Best Comedy and “The Cops” won Best Drama in 45th British Academy Television Awards.
  • 2002 –  Bomb explodes in Kaspiysk, Russia holiday parade in which 43 lost their lives, and 130 were injured.
  • 2005 – Arianna Huffington launched a commentary website named “The Huffington Post”
  • 2012 – A passenger jet of Russian disappears with 45 people.
  • 2012 – Former president of USA Obama officially started supporting same-sex marriage.
Credits – GLAAD

Famous Birthdays on May 9

  • 1540: Maharana Pratap
    Pratap Singh I, also known as Maharana Pratap, was the king of Mewar, which is now part of the state of Rajasthan in northwestern India.
  • 1661: Jahandar Shah
    Mirza Muhammad Mu’izz-ud-Din, also known as Jahandar Shah, was a Mughal Emperor who reigned from 1712 to 1713.
  • 1860: James Matthew Barrie
    Sir James Matthew Barrie was a Scottish author and playwright who is best known for creating Peter Pan.
  • 1874: Howard Carter
    Howard Carter was an Egyptologist and archaeologist from England. In November 1922, he made history by finding the intact tomb of Tutankhamun, the most well-preserved pharaonic tomb ever discovered in the Valley of the Kings.
  • 1949 – Billy Joel famous American rock vocalist was born in New York on this day.
  • 1950 – James A Butts that won a silver medal in Olympics for American triple jumper was born in California
  • 1964 – Miloslav Mecir famous Czech tennis player that won the gold medal in Olympics in 1988 was born on this day.
  • 1989 – Famous south actor Vijay Deverakonda popular for his role in “Arjun Reddy”  was born on this day.

  • 1996 – The lead actor from the Netflix movies series “To all the boys I have loved before” Noah Centineo was born on this day.
Courtesy: Buzzfeed Celeb

This was all about the interesting and intriguing events that occurred on May 9! We hope you have had fun reading this blog! For more such entertaining and informative content, keep following us on Leverage Edu. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

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