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This Day in History for May 9

This Day In History1862 – US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis, Maryland to Newport, Rhode Island.

1865 – President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation declaring armed resistance in the South is virtually at an end; this is the commonly accepted end date of the American Civil War.

1899 – John Burr patents an improved rotary lawn mower in the US.

1901 – A financial panic begins in the USA following the struggle between two groups to control the railroads between the Great Lakes and the Pacific.

1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson proclaims Mother’s Day.

1926 – 1st flight over the North Pole claimed by Richard E. Byrd and co-pilot Floyd Bennett. Later discovery of Byrd’s diary suggests they may have turned back 150 miles short of the pole due to an oil leak.

1944 – 1st eye bank opens in New York.

1945 – World War II: Hermann Goering is captured by the United States Army.

1960 – US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill.

1961 – FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow criticizes TV as a “vast wasteland”

1967 – 1st flight of Fokker F-28 Fellowship.

1974 – US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment.

1989 – VP Quayle says in United Negro College Fund speech: “What a waste it is to lose one’s mind” instead of “a mind is a terrible thing to waste”

1991 – Michael Landon appears on Tonight Show to talk about his cancer.

1992 – American Cup finals begin in San Diego.

1997 – 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam.

2005 – Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched.

2012 – United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same-sex marriage.

2017 – US President Donald Trump dismisses FBI Director James Comey.

2018 – Walmart takes a majority stake in Indian online retailer Flipkart for $16 billion.

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