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5/9/2022 12:13:00 AM
Today In History - May 9

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Today in History in 1754 the first newspaper cartoon in America appeared – divided “Join or Die” snake; in 1899 the lawn mower was patented; and in 1914 U.S. President Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1457 BC - Battle of Megiddo (15thC BC) between Egyptian Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under King of Kadesh. First battle recorded with a reliable account
  • 1386 - Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England (the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force)
  • 1502 - Columbus left Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World
  • 1754 - 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake "Join or Die"
  • 1768 - John Hancock pays duties on 25 pipes of wine, only one fourth of his ship's carrying capacity, and British officials accuse him of unloading the rest during the night to avoid paying the duties on the entire cargo
  • 1868 - The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded.
  • 1887 - Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London.
  • 1889 - 15th Kentucky Derby: Thomas Kiley aboard Spokane wins in 2:34.50
  • 1896 - 1st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models)
  • 1899 - Lawn mower patented
  • 1913 - 17th amendment provides for election of senators by popular vote
  • 1914 - 40th Kentucky Derby: John McCabe aboard Old Rosebud wins in 2:03.4
  • 1914 - US President Wilson proclaims Mother's Day
  • 1926 - Richard Byrd & Floyd Bennett make 1st flight over North Pole
  • 1930 - 56th Preakness: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:00.6
  • 1931 - 57th Preakness: George Ellis aboard Mate wins in 1:59
  • 1932 - 58th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8
  • 1932 - Piccadilly Circus, London first lit by electricity
  • 1944 - Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes governor of Louisiana
  • 1949 - Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco
  • 1958 - Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo", starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, is released
  • 1960 - US is 1st country to use the birth control pill legally
  • 1977 - Patty Hearst let out of jail
  • 1991 - Michael Landon appears on Tonight Show to talk about his cancer
  • 1992 - Final episode of "Golden Girls" airs on NBC-TV
  • 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 - United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same sex marriage

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Famous Weddings

  • 1942 - Physicist Robert Hofstadter (27) weds Nancy Givan
  • 1987 - Actor Tom Cruise (27) & actress Mimi Rogers (33), marry
  • 2000 - Puerto Rican actress and former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres (25) weds singer-songwriter Marc Anthony (31) in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2004 - "Underworld" director Len Wiseman (31) weds actress Kate Beckinsale (30) at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, California
  • 2005 - Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger (36) weds country-music heartthrob singer Kenny Chesney (37) on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Famous Divorces

  • 2008 - "The View" former co-host Star Jones (46) divorces investment banker Al Reynolds (39) after three-and-a-half years of marria

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