This Day In History : May 9

1901 Australia

First Australian Parliament

The first Australian Parliament opens in Melbourne, though the first working session will not be until 21 May

Also on This Day in History May 9

Discover what happened on May 9 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, May 9
  • 1873 Howard Carter

    British archaeologist and Egyptologist who found King Tutankhamun's tomb

  • 1936 Albert Finney

    English actor (The Dresser, Under the Volcano)

  • 1936 Terry Downes

    British middleweight boxing champion

  • 1939 Ralph Boston

    American athlete

  • 1953 Scott McInnis

    American politician

Deaths on This Day, May 9
  • 1657 William Bradford

    American Governor

  • 1791 Francis Hopkinson

    American judge, signer of the Declaration of Independence

  • 1963 Charles Vyner Brooke

    3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak

  • 1986 Tenzing Norgay

    Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary

  • 2015 Kenan Evren

    Turkish soldier and politician


The Soviet Union celebrates Victory Day in World War II

On May 9, 1945, the German Instrument of Surrender was signed, officially ending the war in Europe. The day came to be known as Victory Day in the Soviet Union and later in Russia

Victor Emmanuel III Abdicates

King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates and is succeeded by his son Umberto II who reigns for only 34 days before the monarchy is abolished

Prince Rainier III becomes monarch of Monaco

Prince Rainier III became the Sovereign Prince of Monaco on May 9, 1949, following the death of his grandfather, Prince Louis II1. Rainier ruled the Principality of Monaco for almost 56 years

United States Legalizes the Birth Control Pill

On May 9, 1960, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first oral contraceptive pill, commonly known as "the pill," for contraceptive use. This groundbreaking decision revolutionized reproductive health care and empowered women by providing them with greater control over their reproductive choices.
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