About May 9

May 9, 2024 is the 130th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 236 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 265 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 9

  • 1092
    Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated.
  • 1450
    'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated.
  • 1864
    Second War of Schleswig: The Danish navy defeats the Austrian and Prussian fleets in the Battle of Heligoland.
  • 1887
    Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show opens in London.
  • 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.
  • 1927
    The Australian Parliament first convenes in Canberra.
  • 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.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: The SS murders 588 Jewish residents of the Podolian town of Zinkiv (Khmelnytska oblast, Ukraine). The Zoludek Ghetto (in Belarus) is destroyed and all its inhabitants murdered or deported.
  • 1948
    Czechoslovakia’s Ninth-of-May Constitution comes into effect.
  • 1949
    Rainier III of Monaco becomes Prince of Monaco.
  • 1955
    Cold War: West Germany joins NATO.
  • 1960
    The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle’s Enovid, making Enovid the world’s first approved oral contraceptive pill.
  • 1974
    Watergate Scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.
  • 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.
  • 1987
    A Polish LOT Ilyushin IL-62M “Tadeusz Kościuszko” (SP-LBG) crashes after takeoff in Warsaw, Poland, killing 183 people.
  • 1992
    Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War.
  • 2001
    In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths are caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium) that followed a controversial decision by the referee.
  • 2006
    Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.

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