Monday, May 9, 2016

Today in History: Monday, May 09, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On May 9, 1960, the Food and Drug Administration approved use of a birth control pill.
On this date in:
1502Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere.
1918"60 Minutes" newsman Mike Wallace was born Myron Wallace in Brookline, Mass.
1926Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett made what they claimed was the first airplane flight over the North Pole. (Evidence suggests they may have missed their target by 150 miles.)
AP Photo
1936Italy annexed Ethiopia.
1961Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow condemned TV programming as a "vast wasteland" in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters.
1974The House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.
1974A concert in Cambridge, Mass., prompted rock critic Jon Landau to write, "I saw rock and roll future and it's name is Bruce Springsteen."
1978The bullet-riddled body of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro, who'd been abducted by the Red Brigades, was found in an automobile in the center of Rome.
1994South Africa's newly-elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president.
1994Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire, was placed under quarantine after an outbreak of Ebola virus.
2004Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov and 23 other people were killed in a bombing in the capital Grozny.
2010Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history, leading the Oakland Athletics in a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
2012President Barack Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Rosario Dawson turns 37 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
Albert FinneyActor80
Glenda JacksonActress80
James L. BrooksDirector79
John AschroftFormer attorney general74
Candice BergenActress ("Murphy Brown")70
Calvin MurphyBasketball Hall of Famer68
Billy JoelRock singer, musician67
Tom PeterssonRock singer, musician (Cheap Trick)66
Alley MillsActress ("The Wonder Years")65
Ghostface KillahRapper (Wu-Tang Clan)46
Rachel BostonActress34
Audrina PatridgeTV personality ("The Hills")31
Grace GummerActress30
Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder turns 32 years old today.
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