About May 9

May 9, 2021 is the 129th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 236 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Taurus is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 268 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 9

  • 328
    Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria.
  • 1092
    Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated.
  • 1450
    'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated.
  • 1887
    Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show opens in London.
  • 1901
    Australia opens its first parliament in Melbourne.
  • 1904
    The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 mph.
  • 1911
    The works of Gabriele D'Annunzio placed by the Vatican in the Index of Forbidden Books.
  • 1915
    World War I: Second Battle of Artois between German and French forces.
  • 1918
    World War I: Germans repel the British’s second attempt to blockade the port of Ostend, Belgium.
  • 1920
    Polish-Soviet War: The Polish army under General Edward Rydz-Śmigły celebrates its capture of Kiev with a victory parade on Khreschatyk.
  • 1927
    The Australian Parliament first convenes in Canberra.
  • 1936
    Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after taking the capital Addis Ababa on May 5.
  • 1941
    World War II: The German submarine U-110 is captured by the Royal Navy. On board is the latest Enigma cryptography machine which Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German messages.
  • 1945
    World War II: Ratification in Berlin-Karlshorst of the German unconditional surrender of May 8 in Rheims, France, with the signatures of Marshal Georgy Zhukov for the Soviet Union, and for the Western Headquarters Sir Arthur Tedder, British Air Marshal and Eisenhower’s deputy, and for the German side of Colonel-General Hans-Jürgen Stumpff as the representative of the Luftwaffe, Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel as the Chief of Staff of OKW, and Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg as Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine.
  • 1949
    Rainier III of Monaco becomes Prince of Monaco.
  • 1969
    Carlos Lamarca leads the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo, by robbing two banks.
  • 1970
    Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 75,000 to 100,000 war protesters demonstrate in front of the White House.
  • 1979
    Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is executed by firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000 member strong Jewish community of Iran.
  • 1992
    Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War.
  • 2006
    Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.

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