Saturday, May 9, 2015

What Happened This Day In History - May 9

Today in History
May 9
1502Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his final trip to the New World.
1754The first newspaper cartoon in America appears.
1813U.S. troops under William Henry Harrison take Fort Meigs from British and Canadian troops.
1864Union General John Sedgwick is shot and killed by a Confederate sharpshooter during fighting at Spotsylvania. His last words are: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist–"
1859Threatened by the advancing French army, the Austrian army retreats across the River Sesia in Italy.
1915German and French forces fight the Battle of Artois.
1926Explorer Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett make the first flight over the North Pole.
1936Fascist Italy captures the city of Addis Abba, Ethiopia and annexes the country.
1941The German submarine U-110 is captured at sea along with its Enigma machine by the Royal Navy.
1946King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy abdicates his throne and is replaced by Umberto.
1962A laser beam is successfully bounced off the moon for the first time.
1974The House Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment.

Born on May 9
1800John Brown, abolitionist.
1844Belle Boyd, Confederate spy.
1860James Mathew Barrie, writer (Peter PanThe Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up).
1873Howard Carter, British archaeologist.
1882Henry J. Kaiser, shipbuilder.
1906Eleanor Estes, children's author.
1921Mona van Duyn, American poet laureate.
1934Alan Bennett, British playwright and screenwriter (The Madness of King George III).
1936Albert Finney, British actor (Murder on the Orient ExpressTom Jones).
1936 Brenda Angela Ysaguirre, loving aunt, Arts and Craft Aficionado

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