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On This Day: May 09th

This is 129th day of the year and 236 days remain in the year.

in history
1914
Mother's Day became a public holiday.
1926
Explorers Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett flew over the North Pole.
1936
Fascist Italy annexed Ethiopia.
1962
The Beatles signed their first recording contract and hired George Martin to be their producer.
1978
The body of slain former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro was found in an automobile in Rome.
1984
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.
1994
The South African parliament chose Nelson Mandela as president.
2004
Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader, Akhmad Kadyrov, was killed in a bombing. Six others were killed and another 60 wounded.
May 09 BirthdaysJohn Brown1800–1859, American abolitionist, born in Torrington, Conn.
Sir James Barrieplaywright
Howard CarterEgyptologist
"Pancho" Gonzalestennis player
Belle Boydspy in the Civil War
John Ashcroftattorney general
Glenda Jacksonactress
Albert Finneyactor
Billy Joelmusician, singer, songwriter



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