Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - May 9

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - May 9

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Today in History - May 9

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Today in History for May 9:

On this date:

In 1092, England's Lincoln Cathedral was consecrated.

In 1265, the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, author of the Divine Comedy, was born.

In 1460, witch burnings were held in the courtyard of the episcopal palace in Utrecht in the Netherlands.

In 1502, Christopher Columbus left Spain on his fourth and final trip to the New World.

In 1671, the Crown jewels were stolen from the Tower of London. The robbers were quickly caught.

In 1754, Benjamin Franklin published the first American cartoon. Titled "Join or Die," it showed a snake cut into pieces, each representing a state.

In 1860, writer J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland.

In 1926, U.S. Navy Admiral Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly to the North Pole.

In 1937, the Canadian Coronation contingent became the first Dominion troops to stand sentry duty at London's St. James and Buckingham Palaces.

In 1939, the Roman Catholic Church beatified the first Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha.

In 1960, the United States became the first country to legalize use of the birth control pill.

In 1961, FCC chairman Newton N. Minow decried the majority of television programming as a "vast wasteland" in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters.

In 1969, a revised Roman Catholic calendar of church feasts dropped more than 200 saints and added non-European saints.

In 1977, a federal royal commission recommended a 10-year ban on pipeline construction in the Mackenzie Valley of northern Canada because of social and environmental hazards.

In 1978, the bullet-riddled body of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro, who'd been abducted by the Red Brigades on March 16, was found in an automobile in the centre of Rome.

In 1980, 35 people were killed when a freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, causing a large section to collapse.

In 1986, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay died. He and Sir Edmund Hillary of New Zealand were the first climbers to conquer Mount Everest in 1953.

In 1987, 183 people were killed when a New York-bound Polish jetliner crashed while attempting an emergency return to Warsaw. …

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