May 9 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1386 Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England (oldest diplomatic alliance in the world still in force)

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

1901 The First Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May

1941 British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen

1945 World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day

1960 US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill

2018 Historic win in Malaysian general election by opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan led by 92 year old former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, defeating Prime Minister Najib Razak and ending 61 years of rule by the Barisan Nasional coalition

Today’s Historical Events

328 Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria

1092 Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated in Lincoln, England

1386 Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England (oldest diplomatic alliance in the world still in force)

1450 ‘Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated

1460 Courtyard of the episcopal palace in Atrecht (akak Arras) has witch burnings

1502 Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his 4th and final trip to the New World

1519 Austrian adel and burgerij in uprising against central government

1573 Polish Parliament selects Duke of Anjou as king

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1754 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake “Join or Die”

1946 1st hour long entertainment TV show, “NBC’s Hour Glass” premieres

1958 “Vertigo”, American film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released

1971 23rd Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Jack Klugman & Jean Stapleton win

1980 Slasher horror film “Friday the 13th” is released in US cinemas

1991 Italian actress Laura Antonelli found guilty of cocaine possession (conviction overturned 2006)

1992 Final episode of “Golden Girls” airs on NBC-TV

1992 Michelle McLean, 19, of Namibia, crowned 41st Miss Universe

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1868 Anton Bruckner‘s 1st Symphony in C, premieres

1944 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes Governor of Louisiana

1950 Norman Dello Joio’s opera, “The Triumph of St. Joan”, premieres in Bronxville, New York

1962 The Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone

1964 Peter & Gordon release “A World Without Love”

1965 The Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert, at the Royal Albert Hall in London

1976 “So Long 174th St” closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 performances

1978 “Ain’t Misbehavin'” opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1889 15th Kentucky Derby: Thomas Kiley aboard Spokane wins in 2:34.50

1901 Cleveland’s Earl Moore no-hits Chicago White Sox 9 inn but loses in 10th 4-2

1914 40th Kentucky Derby: John McCabe aboard Old Rosebud wins in 2:03.4

1927 52nd Preakness: Whitey Abel aboard Bostonian wins in 2:01.6

1930 55th Preakness: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:00.6

1931 56th Preakness: George Ellis aboard Mate wins in 1:59

1932 57th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8

1937 Reds beat Phillies 21-10 (Ernie Lombardi goes 6 for 6)

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