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This Day in History – May 9, 2011




1092 Lincoln Cathedral consecrated 1460 Court yard episcopal palace Atrecht has witch burnings 1502 Columbus left Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World 1754 1st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake “Join or die” 1785 Joseph Bramah receives British patent for beer pump handles 1788 English parliament accepts abolishing of slave trade 1837 “Sherrod” burns in Mississippi River below Natchez MS; 175 dies 1862 Battle of Farmington MS 1896 1st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models) 1899 Lawn mower patented 1914 President Wilson proclaims Mother’s Day 1926 Richard Byrd & Floyd Bennett make 1st flight over North Pole 1932 Piccadilly Circus, 1st lit by electricity 1939 Catholic church beatified the 1st Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha 1944 Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes Governor of Louisiana 1946 1st hour long entertainment TV show, “NBC’s Hour Glass” premieres 1960 US is 1st country to use the birth control pill legally 1961 FCC Chairman Newton N Minow criticizes TV as a “vast wasteland” 1962 Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Parlophone 1962 Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time 1965 Beatles attend a Bob Dylan concert 1970 100,000s demonstrate against Vietnam War 1971 Friends of Earth return 1500 non-returnable bottles to Schweppes 1974 House Judiciary Committee begin formal hearings on Nixon impeachment 1977 Patty Hearst let out of jail 1989 Vice President Dan Quayle says in United Negro College Fund speech: “What a waste it is to lose one’s mind” instead of “a mind is terrible thing to waste” 1990 New York Newsday reporter Jimmy Breslin suspended for a racial slur 1992 Final episode of “Golden Girls” airs on NBC-TV 1997 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam]]]]> ]]>

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