Today in history, May 9: What happened on this day?

What happened today in history (May 9): Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his final voyage to the New World, Dirk Fock becomes governor of Suriname, the first parliament of Australia opens in Melbourne and beyond.

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Today in history, May 9: We’ve entered the second week of May and it looks like this month will also be coming to an end. While you must be busy with your daily activities, we are here to refresh your knowledge about the importance of this day and age. So without further ado, let’s get started.

Today, Dirk Fock becomes governor of Suriname, baseball player Hank Greenberg quits the White Sox, and the final episode of ‘Golden Girls’ airs on NBC-TV. Continue reading the article to learn more.

Historical event on this day

  • In 1502, Christopher Columbus left Spain on his final voyage to the New World.
  • In 1766, British Royal Navy officer Joseph Bramah returned to England from a world tour.
  • In 1788, the British Parliament approved the abolition of the slave trade.
  • In 1868, the city of Reno was founded in Nevada.
  • In 1901, the first Australian parliament was opened in Melbourne.
  • In 1908, Dirk Fock became governor of Suriname.
  • In 1914, US President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day.
  • In 1915, the Battle of Artois began between France and Germany.
  • In 1930, King George V named John Masefield the Prize-winning Poet of England.
  • In 2018, India’s Supreme Court criticized the country’s Archaeological Conservation Authority for failing to protect the Taj Mahal from discoloration and green slime.
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Sports event today

  • In 1958, Mihail Botvinik won the world chess championship again.
  • In 1959, baseball player Hank Greenberg quit his job with the White Sox.
  • In 2013, David Moyes was announced as Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United.

Today’s art and culture event

  • In 1971, Jack Klugman and Jean Stapleton won an Emmy for All in the Family at the 23rd Annual Emmy Awards.
  • In 1980, the horror film “Friday the 13th” was shown in cinemas in America.
  • In 1992, the final episode of “Golden Girls” aired on NBC-TV.

Notable deaths on this day


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James Jones is an American novelist and military man best known for his novels ‘The Thin Red Line’, ‘The Gun’ and ‘The Whistle’.



Joyce Redman is an Irish-born actress who had her film debut in ‘Tom Jones’ which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.


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Vincent Dowling is an Irish actor, director and playwright best known for his roles in television series such as ‘The Dead’, ‘Mystic Pizza’ and ‘The West Wing’.



Johnny Gimble is an American musician known for songs like ‘Jumpin’ Cotton Eyed Joe’ and ‘Spanish Two Step’.

Famous birthday on this day


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Billy Joel is an American singer, songwriter and pianist best known for hits like ‘Uptown Girl’ and ‘Piano Man’.



Dana Perino American political commentator, author and television personality who served as the White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush.



Rosario Dawson is an American actress best known for her roles in films like ‘Zombieland: Double Tap’ and ‘Men in Black II’.



Noah Centineo is an American actor best known for his role as ‘Peter Kevinski’ in the Netflix series ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’.

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So here are the main events happening on May 9. We come across such articles every day. Keep reading to stay updated.

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What happened on this day in history (May 9)?

Christopher Columbus left Spain on his final voyage to the New World, Dirk Fock became governor of Suriname, Australia’s first parliament was established in Melbourne, etc.

Which celebrity was born on this date (May 9)?

Billy Joel, Dana Perino, Rosario Dawson and many other celebrities were born on this day.

What sporting events happened today?

Mikhail Botvinnik again won the World Chess Championship, baseball player Hank Greenberg resigns from the White Sox, etc.

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