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Important 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.

Famous Birthdays on May 9

  • 1147 Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese founder of bakufu and 1st shogun, born in Atsuta (d. 1199)
  • 1265 Dante Alighieri, Italian poet and author (Dante’s Inferno, Divina Commedia), born in Florence, Republic of Florence (d. 1321)
  • 1540 Maharana Pratap, Rajput king of Mewar (1572-1597), born in Kumbhargal Fort, Mewar (d. 1597)
  • 1596 Abraham van Diepenbeeck, Dutch painter, baptized in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1675)
  • 1738 John Wolcot, English satirist (Peter Pindar), baptized in Dodbrooke, Kingsbridge, Devon (d. 1819)
  • 1740 Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (Barber of Seville), born in Roccaforzata, Taranto, Italy (d. 1816)
  • 1783 Alexander Ross, Canadian fur trader, born in Morayshire, Scotland (d. 1856)
  • 1785 James Pollard Espy, American meteorologist (Philosphy of Storms), born in Pennsylvania (d. 1860)
  • 1793 Johannes Cornelis de Jonge, Dutch historian and archivist, born in Zierikzee, Netherlands (d. 1853)
  • 1796 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), born in Benningen am Neckar, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1845)

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