Today in History May 9

Patty Hearst
1386 – Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England  remains the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world still in force
1460 – Court yard episcopal palace Atrecht has witch burnings
1502 – Columbus leaves Spain on his fourth and final trip to New World
1785 – British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
1788 – British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade
1868 – Reno, Nevada, is founded
1887 – Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show opens in London
1896 – First horseless carriage show in London and it featured 10 models
1899 – Lawn mower patented
1904 – The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine to exceed 100mph.
1914 – President Wilson proclaims Mother’s Day
1932 – Piccadilly Circus, first lit by electricity
1945 – World War II: Hermann Göring is captured by the United States Army
1960 – US sends U-2 over USSR
1962 – Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for first time
1977 – Patty Hearst let out of jail
1978 – Corpse of kidnapped ex-premier Aldo Moro found
1992 – Salem Village Witchcraft Victims’ Memorial dedicated to mark 300 year anniversary of trials
1995 – Kinshasa, Zaire under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus
2004 – Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a land mine bombblast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory parade
in Grozny, Chechnya.
2012 – Mark Rothko’sOrange, Red, Yellow” becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars
Births
1265 – Dante Alighieri, Italian poet (Divina Commedia)
1783 – Alexander Ross, Canada, pioneer/fur trader
1800 – John Brown, Connecticut, American revolutionary abolitionist (d. 1859)
1837 – Adam Opel, German manufacturer (cycling, motorcars)
1873 – Howard Carter, London, British archaeologist and egyptologist who found King Tutankhamen’s tomb
1882 – Henry J. Kaiser, Sprout Brook NY, ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam)
1939 – Watch Kenneth Warby the fastest man on water at 300 knots (345 mph)
1945 – Steve Katz, NYC, rock guitarist/vocalist (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
1946 – Candice Bergen, Beverly Hills, actor (Carnal Knowledge, Murphy Brown)
1957 – Fred Markham, First man to pedal a bike 65 mph
Deaths
1079 – Stanislaus, Polish bishop of Cracow, murdered
1474 – Peter van Hagenbach, Elzasser knight/land guardian, beheaded
1657 – William Bradford, Governor (Plymouth Colony, Mass), dies
1864 – “Uncle” John Sedgwick, US Union general-major, dies in battle at 50
1986 – Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber (Mount Everest 1953), dies at 71
2004 – Alan King, American comedian (b. 1927)
2010 – Lena Horne, American singer and actress (b. 1917)

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