2021 May

May 9: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 9

May 9th observes Moscato Day & Lost Sock Memorial Day.

We are now on the 129th day of the year, congratulations for making it this far into 2021. There are 236 days left until next year.

Everyone who was born on May 9 shares the same star sign, Taurus.

This day in history was certainly a day of firsts covering many areas like health, transport and much more. Find out the facts and historical events that happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1926, the first flight over the North Pole was completed? It was flown by Richard E. Byrd with co-pilot Floyd Bennett.

Keep reading for more facts about May 9th in history!

What Happened On May 9 In History?

2012

President Barack Obama officially declared his support of same-sex marriage.

Source CNN
2005

The Huffington Post was launched, founded by Arianna Huffington, Andrew Breitbart, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti.

2001

A stampede killed 129 people in Ghana.

At the Accra Sports Stadium, the two most popular football teams of Ghana competed. Disappointed fans of the losing team became rowdy, and police fired teargas. This started a panic, and with not enough exits, a deadly stampede occurred.
1965

The Luna 5 attempted to land on the Moon.

The Luna 5 was an unmanned USSR spacecraft meant to land on the Moon. It was meant to be the first spacecraft which would succeed in making a soft landing on the surface. Unfortunately, the retrorockets failed and the Luna 5 crashed on the surface.
1960

The United States became the first country to legalize a birth control pill.

OTD in 1960: The United States became the first country to legalize a birth control pill.
1958

The noir psychological thriller film “Vertigo,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock was released.

1926

The first flight over the North Pole was completed, flown by Richard E. Byrd with co-pilot Floyd Bennett.

1904

A steam locomotive called City of Truro became the first steam engine to go over 100 miles per hour.

Aside from being the first locomotive to exceed 100 mph, it was also the first vehicle of any kind to do so.
1899

John Burr patented a better rotary blade lawn mower, designed with traction wheels and a rotary blade that would not get stuck with grass clipping easily.

1671

An attempt was made to steal the Crown Jewels.

OTD in 1671: An attempt was made to steal the Crown Jewels.
As part of an elaborate plan, Colonel Thomas blood befriended the keeper of the jewels and frequently visited. After some time, Colonel Blood requested to see the jewels, at which point he knocked the keeper of the jewels unconscious and stabbed him. While Colonel Blood was taking the jewels, the keeper woke up and alerted the guards.

Did you know that on this day, May 9th 1926, the first flight over the North Pole was completed?