Famous Events on this Day in History, May 09:1457 BC - Battle of Megiddo (15th century BC) between Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh. It is the first battle to have been recorded in what is accepted as relatively reliable detail.
1012 BC - Solar Eclipse seen at Ugarit, 6:09-6:39 PM.
328 - Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria.
1092 - Lincoln Cathedral consecrated
1336 - Italian poet Francesco Petrarca climbs Mont Ventoux
1386 - Treaty of Windsor between Portugal-England
1450 - 'Abd al-Latif (Timurid monarch) is assassinated.
1460 - Court yard episcopal palace Atrecht has witch burnings
1502 - Columbus left Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World
1519 - Austrian adel/burgerij in uprising against central government
1573 - Polish Parliament selects duke of Anjou as king
1588 - Duke Henri de Guises troops occupy Paris
1671 - Col Thomas Blood attempts to steal Crown Jewels
1689 - English King Willem III declares war on France
1726 - Five men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap's molly house in London are executed at Tyburn.
1738 - England routes fleet in Mediterranean Sea & West-Indies
1753 - King Louis XV disbands French parliament
1754 - 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake "Join or Die"
1766 - John Byron back in England after trip around the world
1785 - British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
1788 - English parliament accepts abolishing of slave trade
1836 - HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin departs Port Louis, Mauritius
1837 - "Sherrod" burns in Mississippi River below Natchez Miss; 175 dies
1846 - Battle of Resaca de la Palma-US sends Mexico back to Rio Grande
1862 - Battle of Farmington, MS
1862 - Battle of Ft Pickens, FL (Pensacola), evacuated by CS
1862 - US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis MD to Newport, RI
1864 - -20] Skirmish at Ware Bottom Church, Virginia
1864 - Battle of Cloyd's Mt, & Swift Creek, VA (Drewery's Bluff, Ft Darling)
1864 - Battle of Dalton, GA
1864 - Ship battle at Helgoland, Austria-Denmark
1868 - Anton Bruckner's 1st Symphony in C, premieres
1868 - The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded.
1873 - Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression.
1874 - Victoria Embankment, in London opens
1874 - The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, plying two routes.
1877 - Mihail Kogalniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of Romania.
1882 - Telegraph Hill RR Co organized
1887 - Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London.
1889 - 15th Kentucky Derby: Thomas Kiley aboard Spokane wins in 2:34.50
1896 - 1st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models)
1899 - Lawn mower patented
1901 - Australia opens its 1st parliament in Melbourne
1901 - Cleve's Earl Moore no-hits Chic White Sox 9 inn but loses in 10th 4-2
1904 - The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine to exceed 100mph.
1908 - Dirk Fock becomes governor of Suriname
1911 - Fire breaks out at Empire Theater in Edinburgh Scotland
1913 - 17th amendment provides for election of senators by popular vote
1914 - 40th Kentucky Derby: John McCabe aboard Old Rosebud wins in 2:03.4
1914 - Pres Wilson proclaims Mother's Day
1914 - J.T. Hearne becomes the first bowler to take 3000 first-class wickets.
1915 - German & French fight Battle of Artois
1916 - British-France Sykes-Picot meet over division of Turkey
1925 - Cornerstone for Hebrew University, Jerusalem laid
1926 - Richard Byrd & Floyd Bennett make 1st flight over North Pole
1927 - 53rd Preakness: Whitey Abel aboard Bostonian wins in 2:01.6
1927 - Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia
1927 - The Australian Parliament first convenes in Canberra.
1929 - NY Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pitts Pirates
1929 - WJW-AM in Cleveland Ohio begins radio transmissions
1930 - 56th Preakness: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:00.6
1931 - 57th Preakness: George Ellis aboard Mate wins in 1:59
1932 - 58th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8
1932 - Piccadilly Circus, 1st lit by electricity
1932 - WOC-AM in Davenport Iowa merges with WHO to become WHO-WOC
1933 - Spanish anarchists call for general strike
1934 - Bradman out for a Cricket duck against Cambridge University!
1936 - 1st KLM airplane to land on Bonaire
1936 - Italy takes Addis Abba, annexing Absynnia (Ethiopia)
1937 - Reds beat Phillies 21-10 (Ernie Lombardi goes 6 for 6)
1939 - Catholic church beatified the 1st Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha
1941 - English Army breaks German spy codes
1942 - 68th Preakness: Basil James aboard Alsab wins in 1:57
1943 - 5th German Pantser army surrenders in Tunisia
1943 - Rotschild-Haddassh University Hospital opens
1944 - 1st eye bank opens in New York
1944 - Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes governor of Louisiana
1944 - Dutch resistance fighter Gerard Musch arrested
1944 - Joe McCarthy returns as Yankee manager after an illness
1944 - Russians recapture Crimea by taking Sevastopol
1945 - Czechoslovakia liberated from Nazi occupation (Natl Day)
1945 - Jersey liberated from nazis
1945 - Nazi propagandist Max Blokzijl arrested
1945 - New balata ball used in baseball, 50% livilier
1945 - Norwegian nazi collaborators Vidkun Quisling arrested
1945 - Victory celebration at Red Square
1945 - World War II: Partisans liberate Ljubljana.
1945 - World War II: Hermann Göring is captured by the United States Army.
1945 - World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day.
1945 - World War II: The Channel Islands are formally liberated by the British.
1946 - 1st hour long entertainment TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres
1946 - 1st variety show on TV "NBC's Hour Glass," premieres
1946 - King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, replaced by Umberto
1949 - Britain's 1st launderette opens in Queensway London
1949 - Prince Rainier III becomes leader of Monaco
1950 - French Foreign min Robert Schuman calls for European community EGKS
1950 - Norman Dello Joco's premieres in Bronxville
1951 - Air raid on Chinese positions at Yalu River
1955 - German Federal Republic joins NATO
1956 - First ascent of Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain.
1958 - Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship
1959 - Dorothy Rigney, husband John, & Hank Greenberg resign from White Sox
1960 - Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth
1960 - US is 1st country to use the birth control pill legally
1960 - US send U-2 over USSR
1961 - Balt Oriole Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams (9 RBIs) vs Minn Twins
1961 - FCC Chairman Newton N Minow criticizes TV as a "vast wasteland"
1961 - Jim Gentile is 4th to hit grand slams in consecutive innings
1962 - Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Pstlophone
1962 - Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time
1962 - US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1963 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1964 - Khrushchev visits Egypt
1964 - Peter & Gordon release "World Without Love"
1965 - Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert
1965 - Luna 5 launched (USSR) 1st attempt to soft land on Moon (fails)
1966 - 1st black member of Federal Reserve Board (A F Brimmer)
1966 - China PR performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
1967 - 1st flight of Fokker F-28 Fellowship
1967 - Gijsbert van Hall resigns as mayor of Amsterdam
1969 - BPAA All-Star Bowling Tournament won by Billy Hardwick
1970 - 100,000s demonstrate against Vietnam War
1971 - 23rd Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Jack Klugman & Jean Stapleton
1971 - Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42)
1971 - Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes
1971 - Largest walk in crowd (31,626) in Balt Oriole history
1971 - Sandra Haynie wins LPGA San Antonio Alamo Golf Open
1973 - For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game
1974 - House Judiciary Committee begin formal hearings on Nixon impeachment
1975 - Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m (world record)
1975 - Flyers 1-Isles 5-Semifinals-Flyers hold 3-2 lead
1976 - "So Long 174th St" closes at Harkness Theater NYC after 16 perfs
1976 - Sally Little wins LPGA Ladies Masters at Moss Creek Golf Tournament
1977 - Hotel Poland in Amsterdam destroyed by fire, 33 killed
1977 - Mabel Murphy Smythe confirmed as ambassador to Rep of Cameroon
1977 - Patty Hearst let out of jail
1978 - "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 perfs
1978 - Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found
1978 - Fee Waybill of Tubes breaks a leg falling off stage
1978 - Musical "Ain't Misbehavin'," premieres in NYC
1978 - PSV beats Bastica, 3-0, to win UEFA Cup in Eindhoven Neth
1979 - US & USSR sign Salt 2 treaty, limiting nuclear weapons
1980 - 35 motorists die as a Liberian freighter rams a Tampa Bay Bridge
1981 - Kazimiroff Blvd in Bronx named for a Bronx historian
1982 - "9" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 739 performances
1982 - Arthur Kopit's musical "Nine," premieres in NYC
1982 - Sally Little wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
1983 - 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Willie Nelson
1984 - Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000
1984 - Chicago White Sox beat Milw Brewers, 7-6, in 25 inn (started 5/8)
1984 - White Sox & Brewers play 8:06, game, longest timed baseball game
1987 - 183 die aboard a Polish jetliner that crashes in Warsaw
1987 - Actor Tom Cruise (27) & actress Mimi Rogers (33), marry
1987 - Oriole Eddie Murray is 1st to switch hit HRs in 2 consecutive games
1988 - A's winning streak hits 14, ends tommorow
1988 - Australia's new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth
1988 - Belgium: 8th govt of Martens forms
1988 - The new Australian Parliament House opens in Canberra.
1989 - "Saratina!" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 597 performances
1989 - Journalist petition Chinese govt for freedom of press
1989 - NY Mets Kevin Elster, errors after 88 errorless games at shortstop
1989 - NY Mets Rick Cerone, errors after 159 errorless games as catcher
1989 - VP Quayle say in United Negro College Fund speech: "What a waste it is to lose one's mind" instead of "a mind is terrible thing to waste"
1990 - NY Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur
1990 - Sampdoria wins 30th Europe Cup II
1991 - Italian actress Laura Antonelli found guilty of cocaine possession
1991 - Michael Landon appears on Tonight Show to talk about his cancer
1992 - America Cup finals begin in San Diego
1992 - Final episode of "Golden Girls" airs on NBC-TV
1992 - Michelle McLean, 19, of Namibia, crowned 41st Miss Universe
1992 - Armenian forces capture Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War.
1993 - "Ain't Broadway Grand" closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 25 perfs
1993 - "Song of Jacob Zulu" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 53 perfs
1993 - Landslide in Nambija Ecuador, kills 300
1993 - Meg Mallon wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
1993 - Mustapha Matura's "Playboy of West Indies," premieres in NYC
1993 - Paraguay holds its 1st pres & parliamentary elections in 50 years
1994 - "Passion" opens at Plymouth Theater NYC for 280 performances
1994 - Mass murderer Joel Rifkind found guilty in NY
1995 - Cleveland Indians tie record of scoring 8 runs before making an out, they beat Twins 10-0
1995 - Kinshasa, Zaire under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus
1997 - 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
1997 - San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones
2001 - In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths were caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium)that followed a controversial decision by the referee handling a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
2002 - The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem comes to an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected militants among them deported to several different countries.
2002 - In Kaspiysk, Russia, a remote-controlled bomb explodes during a holiday parade killing 43 and injuring at least 130.
2004 - Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade in Grozny, Chechnya.
2006 - Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
2006 - George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history.