May 9

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May 28, 2022

May 9 is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. There are 236 days remaining until the end of the year.

Name days

Finnish calendar: Timo, Timi Finnish-Swedish calendar: Tim orthodox calendar: Esa, Risto, Nikolai, Niko, Niilo calendar in the Sámi language: Sárrajuoksa in older calendars: Gottfridus, Hermes, Hiob, Prochorus, Timoteus, Timotheus, Åke

Events

328 - Athanasios is elected Bishop of Alexandria. 1429 - Jeanne d'Arc defeats the English forces that besiege Orleans. 1502 - Christopher Columbus leaves Spain for his fourth and final journey to the New World. 1671 - Thomas Blood attempts to steal the UK's crown jewels from the Tower of London in disguise. He was immediately caught because he was too drunk to escape with the loot. He was sentenced to death and then mysteriously pardoned and deported by King Charles II of England. 1864 - Battle of Helgoland. 1887 - Buffalo Bill's Wild West show opens in London. 1901 - First sitting of the Australian Federal Parliament at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. 1915 - World War I: The second battle between German and French forces. 1926 - Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (a diary later found to indicate that this was not the case). 1927 - The first meeting of the Australian Parliament in Canberra and the inauguration of the Houses of Parliament. 1936 - Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after conquering the capital, Addis Ababa, on 5 May. 1940 - World War II: German submarine U-9 sinks in front of French Doris Den Helder. 1941 - World War II: A German submarine is captured by the British Navy. The ship had the latest Enigma cryptographic machine, which was later used by Allied cryptanalysts to crack the German secret code. 1941 - World War II: The Franco-Thai War Peace Treaty is signed in Tokyo. 1945 - Hermann Göring is captured by U.S. forces. 1945 - The Faculty of Political Science of the University of Helsinki is established. 1945 - In Norway, Vidkun Quisling is arrested and the Nasjonal Samling party, led by him, is dissolved. 1945 - Soviet Day celebrates Victory Day. 1945 - Soviet troops take over Prague. 1946 - King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy relinquishes the crown. He was succeeded to the throne by his son Umberto II. 1949 - Rainier III of Monaco becomes Prince of Monaco. 1950 - Robert Schuman sees a united Europe as essential for peace. The Schuman Declaration is considered to be the beginning of the European Union. The day is now celebrated on Europe Day. 1955 - Cold War: The Federal Republic of Germany joins NATO. 1955 - Jim Henson's most famous Muppet character, Kermit, makes his debut on the television show Sam and Friends. 1960 - A contraceptive pill is approved for sale in the United States. 1974 - The U.S. House of Representatives Legal Committee begins formal and public interrogation hearings of President Richard Nixon. 1987 - A new museum is opened in Tampere: Moomin Valley. 1987 - The Polish Iljušin Il-62M crashes in Warsaw immediately after its rise, killing 183 people. 1988 - Opening of the new Australian Parliament House in Canberra. 1992 - Nagorno-Karabakh war: Armenians take over the city of Şuşa. 2002 - The 38-day siege of the Church of the Nativity ends in Bethlehem. Thirteen Palestinians who fled to church were deported to various countries. 2002 - A long-range bomb kills 43 people and wounds 130 during a parade in Kaspiysk, Russia. 2004 - Chechen President Ahmad Kadyrov is bombed at Grozny Stadium during Victory Day celebrations. 2012 - Suhoi Superjet 100 disappeared demo