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May 9 Birthdays

John Brown
1800–1859, American abolitionist, born in Torrington, Conn.

Belle Boyd
spy in the Civil War (1844)

Sir James Barrie
playwright (1860)

Howard Carter
Egyptologist (1873)

"Pancho" Gonzales
tennis player (1928)

Albert Finney
actor (1936)

Glenda Jackson
actress (1936)

John Ashcroft
attorney general (1942)

Billy Joel
musician, singer, songwriter (1949)

May 9 in History


Mother's Day became a public holiday.


Explorers Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett flew over the North Pole.


Fascist Italy annexed Ethiopia.


The Beatles signed their first recording contract and hired George Martin to be their producer.


The body of slain former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro was found in an automobile in Rome.


It took the Chicago White Sox 25 innings, eight hours, and six minutes, over two days, to finally defeat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6. It was the longest game (in elapsed time) in major-league history.


The South African parliament chose Nelson Mandela as president.


Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader, Akhmad Kadyrov, was killed in a bombing. Six others were killed and another 60 wounded.

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