Thursday, May 9, 2013



What was happening on this day in modern history? Let's take a look at some of the big events, Birthdays, and anniversaries for May 9th....

1887 - Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London.
1896 - 1st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models).
1899 - John Burr, patented an improved version of the rotary-blade lawn mower (1st patented in 1827) with the wheel placement altered for better performance.

1904 - The steam locomotive "City of Truro" becomes the first steam engine to exceed 100mph.
1914 - Pres Wilson proclaims Mother's Day.
1914 - Hank Snow, Nova Scotia Canada, country singer (I Went to Your Wedding) is born.
1918 - Mike Wallace, Brookline Mass, newscaster (Biography, 60 Minutes), (d. 2012) is born.
1926 - Richard Byrd & Floyd Bennett make 1st flight over North Pole.
1932 - Piccadilly Circus, 1st lit by electricity.

George Hyde-Pownall (1876-1932) oil painting
Evening on Piccadilly Circus, London

1944 - 1st eye bank opens in New York.
1944 - Jimmie Davis becomes the Governor of Louisiana. He wrote the song "You Are My Sunshine."
1945 - Czechoslovakia liberated from Nazi occupation (Natl Day).
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 - Candice Bergen, Beverly Hills, actr (Carnal Knowledge, Murphy Brown) is born.
1946 - 1st hour long variety TV show, "NBC's Hour Glass" premieres.
1949 - Billy Joel, Bronx, rock vocalist (Piano Man, Capt Jack, Bridge) is born.

Little Billy Joel (

1958 - Alan Freed is indicted for inciting unlawful destruction of property in Boston.
1960 - US is 1st country to use the birth control pill legally.
1962 - Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time.
1962 - Brian Epstein meets with EMI producer George Martin. Martin will sign the Beatles to record demos on June 4, 1962. It is their first recording contract.
1964 - Peter & Gordon release "World Without Love."

1964 - Chuck Berry begins his first British tour.
1970 - The Blues Images' "Ride Captain Ride" is released.
1971 - 23rd Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Jack Klugman & Jean Stapleton.
1977 - Patty Hearst let out of jail.
1978 - "Ain't Misbehavin'" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 1604 perfs.
1983 - 18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Willie Nelson.
1989 - Keith Whitley, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies at 33.
1990 - Sinead O'Connor refuses to perform on "Saturday Night Live" after Andrew Dice Clay is named as host.
1991 - Michael Landon's last appearance on Tonight Show after news of his cancer.

1991 - Italian actress Laura Antonelli found guilty of cocaine possession.
1992 - Final episode of "Golden Girls" airs on NBC-TV.
2004 - Alan King, American comedian (b. 1927) dies.
2005 - Liberal news website, The Huffington Post, is launched.
2010 - Lena Horne, American singer and actress (b. 1917) dies.

2012 - Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars.
2012 - A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board.
2012 - US President, Barack Obama, officially states his support for same sex non-traditional marriages.

Thanks for joining our blog!  Here are a few videos from some of the stars of this day....

Billy Joel sings, Honesty

Keith Whitley sings, Don't Close Your Eyes

Lena Horne sings, Stormy Weather

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