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 This day in History - May 9
412 Historic Events for May 9
1955

Myra Blackwelder, LPGA golfer

Birth
1955

German Federal Republic joins NATO

Event
1957

John Stuper, baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)

Birth
1957

Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies

Death
1957

Heinrich Campendonk, German painter/wood carver/glasier, dies at 67

Death
1957

Fred Markham, 1st man to pedal a bike 65 mph

Birth
1958

Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship

Event
1958

Esko Rechardt, Finland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1980)

Birth
1958

Bill Goodwin, TV announcer (Burns and Allen), dies at 47

Death
1959

Andrew Jones, cricketer (highly consistent for NZ at 1st drop)

Birth
1959

Asantha De Mel, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test opening bowler)

Birth
1959

Dorothy Rigney, husband John, and Hank Greenberg resign from White Sox

Event
1960

Tony Gwynn, LA CA, outfielder (San Diego Padres)

Birth
1960

Jim Reilly, rocker (Red Rockers)

Birth
1960

Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth

Event
1960

Iain Butchart, cricket all-rounder (Zimbabwe, Test v Pak 1995)

Birth
1960

US is 1st country to use the birth control pill legally

Event
1960

US send U-2 over USSR

Event
1961

FCC Chairman Newton N Minow criticizes TV as a "vast wasteland"

Event
1961

Rene Capo, Pinal del Rio Cuba, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics-96)

Birth
1961

Jim Gentile is 4th to hit grand slams in consecutive innings

Event
1961

Balt Oriole Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams (9 RBIs) vs Minn Twins

Event
1962

Beatles sign their 1st contract with EMI Pstlophone

Event
1962

Laser beam successfully bounced off Moon for 1st time

Event
1962

US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island

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