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Wednesday 9 May 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Europe Day in Moldova
  • Europe Day, commemorating the Schuman Declaration. (European Union)

Events

  • 1974 – Watergate scandal: The United States House Committee on the Judiciary opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.
  • 1969 – Carlos Lamarca leads the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo, by robbing two banks.
  • 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.
  • 1926 – Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of Byrd's diary appears to cast some doubt on the claim.)
  • 1904 – The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 mph (160 km/h).
  • 1901 – Australia opens its first parliament in Melbourne.
  • 1874 – The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, traveling two routes.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: Nathan Bedford Forrest surrenders his forces at Gainesville, Alabama.
  • 1865 – American Civil War: President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation ending belligerent rights of the rebels and enjoining foreign nations to intern or expel Confederate ships.
  • 1662 – The figure who later became Mr. Punch made his first recorded appearance in England.

Births

  • 1985 – Jake Long, American football player
  • 1984 – Chase Headley, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Prince Fielder, American baseball player
  • 1983 – Tyler Lumsden, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Bill Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1980 – Angela Nikodinov, American figure skater
  • 1979 – Andrew W.K., American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, motivational speaker, and music producer
  • 1979 – Rosario Dawson, American actress
  • 1978 – Aaron Harang, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Brian Deegan, American motocross rider
  • 1971 – Dan Chiasson, American poet and critic
  • 1970 – Doug Christie, American basketball player
  • 1970 – Ghostface Killah, American rapper and actor
  • 1968 – David Benoit, American basketball player
  • 1968 – Graham Harman, American philosopher and academic
  • 1961 – John Corbett, American actor
  • 1961 – Sean Altman, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1960 – Tony Gwynn, American baseball player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1951 – Alley Mills, American actress
  • 1950 – James Butts, American triple jumper
  • 1950 – Tom Petersson, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1949 – Billy Joel, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1949 – Richard S. Williamson, American lawyer and diplomat, 17th Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs (d. 2013)
  • 1948 – Calvin Murphy, American basketball player and radio host
  • 1948 – John Mahaffey, American golfer
  • 1948 – Steven W. Mosher, American social scientist and author
  • 1946 – Candice Bergen, American actress and producer
  • 1945 – Steve Katz, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer
  • 1944 – Richie Furay, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1942 – John Ashcroft, American lawyer and politician, 79th United States Attorney General
  • 1942 – Tommy Roe, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1941 – Danny Rapp, American rock & roll singer (Danny & the Juniors) (d. 1983)
  • 1940 – James L. Brooks, American director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1939 – John Ogbu, Nigerian-American anthropologist and professor (d. 2003)
  • 1939 – Ralph Boston, American long jumper
  • 1938 – Charles Simic, Serbian-American poet and editor
  • 1937 – Dave Prater, American singer (d. 1988)
  • 1937 – Rafael Moneo, Spanish architect, designed the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and Valladolid Science Museum
  • 1937 – Sonny Curtis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1935 – Nokie Edwards, American guitarist
  • 1931 – Vance D. Brand, American pilot, engineer, and astronaut
  • 1928 – Pancho Gonzales, American tennis player (d. 1995)
  • 1928 – Ralph Goings, American painter
  • 1923 – Johnny Grant, American radio host and producer (d. 2008)
  • 1921 – Daniel Berrigan, American priest, poet, and activist (d. 2016)
  • 1921 – Mona Van Duyn, American poet and academic (d. 2004)
  • 1920 – William Tenn, English-American author and academic (d. 2010)
  • 1918 – Mike Wallace, American journalist, media personality and one-time game show host (d. 2012)
  • 1918 – Orville Freeman, American soldier and politician, 16th United States Secretary of Agriculture (d. 2003)
  • 1917 – Fay Kanin, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1916 – William Pène du Bois, American author and illustrator (d. 1993)
  • 1914 – Denham Fouts, American prostitute (d. 1948)
  • 1914 – Hank Snow, American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1999)
  • 1912 – Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican-American actor (d. 1963)
  • 1911 – Harry Simeone, American music arranger, conductor, and composer (d. 2005)
  • 1909 – Gordon Bunshaft, American architect, designed the Solow Building (d. 1990)
  • 1907 – Kathryn Kuhlman, American evangelist and author (d. 1976)
  • 1906 – Eleanor Estes, American librarian, author, and illustrator (d. 1988)
  • 1904 – Conrad Bernier, Canadian-American organist, composer, and educator (d. 1988)
  • 1896 – Richard Day, Canadian-American art director and set decorator (d. 1972)
  • 1895 – Frank Foss, American pole vaulter (d. 1989)
  • 1895 – Richard Barthelmess, American actor (d. 1963)
  • 1893 – William Moulton Marston, American psychologist and author (d. 1947)
  • 1882 – George Barker, American painter (d. 1965)
  • 1882 – Henry J. Kaiser, American shipbuilder and businessman, founded Kaiser Shipyards (d. 1967)
  • 1873 – Anton Cermak, Czech-American captain and politician, 44th Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)
  • 1850 – Edward Weston (chemist), English-American chemist (d. 1936)
  • 1837 – Adam Opel, German engineer, founded the Opel Company (d. 1895)
  • 1836 – Ferdinand Monoyer, French ophthalmologist, invented the Monoyer chart (d. 1912)
  • 1814 – John Brougham, Irish-American actor and playwright (d. 1880)
  • 1801 – Peter Hesketh-Fleetwood, English politician, founded the town of Fleetwood (d. 1866)
  • 1800 – John Brown, American activist (d. 1859)
  • 1555 – Jerónima de la Asunción, Catholic nun and founder of the first monastery in Manila (d. 1630)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Edward W. Estlow, American football player and journalist (b. 1920)
  • 2015 – Elizabeth Wilson, American actress (b. 1921)
  • 2014 – Harlan Mathews, American lawyer and politician (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – George M. Leader, American soldier and politician, 36th Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1918)
  • 2013 – Ottavio Missoni, Italian hurdler and fashion designer, founded Missoni (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Bertram Cohler, American psychologist, psychoanalyst, and academic (b. 1938)
  • 2012 – Vidal Sassoon, English-American hairdresser and businessman (b. 1928)
  • 2010 – Lena Horne, American singer, actress, and activist (b. 1917)
  • 2009 – Chuck Daly, American basketball player and coach (b. 1930)
  • 2008 – Baptiste Manzini, American football player (b. 1920)
  • 2004 – Alan King, American actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1927)
  • 2003 – Russell B. Long, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician (b. 1918)
  • 1998 – Alice Faye, American actress and singer (b. 1915)
  • 1985 – Edmond O'Brien, American actor and director (b. 1915)
  • 1981 – Nelson Algren, American novelist and short story writer (b. 1909)
  • 1979 – Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American banker, businessman, and philanthropist (b. 1883)
  • 1979 – Eddie Jefferson, American singer and lyricist (b. 1918)
  • 1977 – James Jones, American novelist (b. 1921)
  • 1976 – Ulrike Meinhof, German militant, co-founded the Red Army Faction (b. 1934)
  • 1970 – Walter Reuther, American union leader (b. 1907)
  • 1968 – Harold Gray, American cartoonist, created Little Orphan Annie (b. 1894)
  • 1968 – Marion Lorne, American actress (b. 1883)
  • 1968 – Mercedes de Acosta, American author, poet, and playwright (b. 1893)
  • 1931 – Albert Abraham Michelson, German-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852)
  • 1914 – C. W. Post, American businessman, founded Post Foods (b. 1854)
  • 1889 – William S. Harney, American general (b. 1800)
  • 1864 – John Sedgwick, American general and educator (b. 1813)
  • 1791 – Francis Hopkinson, American judge and politician (b. 1737)
  • 1790 – William Clingan, American politician (b. 1721)
  • 1657 – William Bradford, English-American politician, 2nd Governor of Plymouth Colony (b. 1590)
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