ON THIS DAY: May 9, 2017

May 9th is

National Teacher Day *

Butterscotch Brownie Day

Lost Sock Memorial Day

Moscato Wine Day

Childhood Depression Awareness Day *

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MORE!  J. M. Barrie, Fay Kanin, and Nelson Mandela, click

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WORLD FESTIVALS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Transdniestria, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine – Victory Day

Armenia – Victory and Peace Day

Bosnia and Herzegovina –
Victory Over Fascism Day

Guernsey, Jersey – Liberation Day

India – West Bengal: Rabindranath
Tagore Jayanti (Tagore birthday)

Kosovo, Moldova – Europe Day

South Korea – Presidential Election Day

Uzbekistan – Day of Remembrance and Honors

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On This Day in HISTORY

1386 – England and Portugal formally ratify their alliance with the signing of the Treaty of Windsor, sealed by the marriage of King John I of Portugal to Philippa of Lancaster, daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster; it is the oldest diplomatic alliance still in force in the world

1540 – Hernando de Alarcón sets sail on an expedition to the Gulf of California

1662 – The figure who later became Mr. Punch, of Punch and Judy, makes his first recorded appearance in England



1740 – Giovanni Paisiello born, Italian Classical composer, primarily of operas



1746 – Gaspard Monge born, French mathematician, inventor of descriptive geometry, the basis of technical drawing, and ‘father of differential geometry’

1763 – The Siege of Fort Detroit begins during Pontiac’s War against British forces.

1850 – Edward Weston born in England, American chemist, worked on electroplating;  developed electrochemical cell, named Weston after him, for the voltage standard

1860 – J. M. Barrie born, Scottish novelist and playwright; Peter Pan



1865 – U.S. President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation ending belligerent rights of the rebels and enjoining foreign nations to intern or expel Confederate ships

1865 – Elizabeth Garver Jordan born, American journalist, author, editor, and suffragist, editor of Harper’s Bazaar



1873 – Der Krach: Vienna stock market crash heralds the Long Depression, which began to ease in 1879, but didn’t end completely until 1896

1874 – The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in Mumbai, India

1874 – Howard Carter born, British archaeologist and illustrator, discoverer of Egyptian tomb of King Tutankhamen


Howard Carter birds: Falcon, Owl, and Duck 


1874 – Lilian Baylis born, English theatrical manager, founder of the Old Vic theatre, famed for its Shakespearean productions

1883 – Jose Ortega y Gasset born, Spanish philosopher and humanist



1887 – Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show opens in London

1895 – Lucian Blaga born, Romanian poet, playwright, and philosopher



1901 – Australia’s first parliament is opened by Prince George, Duke of Cornwall and York, later King George V, in temporary quarters in Melbourne

1904 – The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 mph (160 km/h)

1906 – Eleanor Estes born, American children’s author-illustrator; The Hundred Dresses



1911 – The works of Gabriele D’Annunzio, an author associated with the Decadent movement, are placed in the Index of Forbidden Books by the Vatican

1914 – Carlo Maria Giulini born, Italian conductor and director



1914 – Hank Snow born, American country music singer-songwriter



1916 – William Pène du Bois born, American author and children’s book illustrator; editor of The Paris Review; 1948 Newbery Medal winner; The Twenty-One Balloons

1917 – Fay Kanin born, American screenwriter, playwright and producer



1920 – Richard Adams born, English novelist; Watership Down



1921 – Daniel Berrigan born, American priest, poet, and activist

1921 – Sophie Scholl born, German student-activist , member of the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany, convicted of high treason for distributing anti-war leaflets, and executed

1921 – Mona Van Duyn born, American poet; Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (1992); National Book Award for Poetry

1930 – Kalifa Tillisi born, Libyan historian and linguist

1934 – Alan Bennett born, English playwright, screenwriter, and novelist; The Madness of George III



1936 – Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after taking the capital Addis Ababa by force on May 5

1938 – Charles Simic born in Serbia, American poet and editor

1944 – Richie Furay born, American singer-songwriter; Buffalo Springfield



1945 – The Channel Islands are liberated by the British after five years of German occupation during WWII

1948 –  Czechoslovakia’s Ninth-of-May Constitution comes into effect.

1949 – Rainier III becomes Prince of Monaco

1949 – Billy Joel born, American singer-songwriter and pianist



1950 – Robert Schuman presents his proposal on the creation of an organized Europe,  to maintain peaceful relations; the “Schuman Declaration” influenced founding of the European Union

1953 – Eleanor Roosevelt lobbies Congress for a National Teachers’ Day. In 1985, this idea was expanded by the National PTA into Teacher Appreciation Week, now in association with the National Education Association; National Teacher Day * is part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, held during the first full week in May

1955 – West Germany joins NATO

1958 – Alfred Hitchcock’s film Vertigo premieres in San Francisco



1960 – The Food and Drug Administration announces approval of birth control as an additional indication for Searle’s Enovid, making it the world’s first approved oral contraceptive pill

1961 – FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow condemns TV programming as a “vast wasteland” in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters.

1964 – Ngô Đình Cẩn, de facto ruler of central Vietnam under his brother President Ngô Đình Diệm before the family’s overthrow, is executed

1970 – In Washington, D.C., 75,000 to 100,000 demonstrators protest the Vietnam War  in front of the White House

1974 – Watergate: The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary opens formal and public hearings to consider the impeachment of President Richard Nixon

1994 – South Africa’s newly elected parliament chooses Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first black president



1997 – Childhood Depression Awareness Day * becomes part of  Children’s Mental Health Week, held annually the first full week of May

2015 – Russia stages its biggest ever military parade in Moscow’s Red Square to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Victory Day
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About wordcloud9

Nona Blyth Cloud has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area for the past 45 years, spending much of that time commuting on the 405 Freeway. After Hollywood failed to appreciate her genius for acting and directing, she began a second career managing non-profits, from which she has retired. Nona has now resumed writing whatever comes into her head, instead of reports and pleas for funding. She lives in a small house overrun by books with her wonderful husband and a bewildered Border Collie.
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