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ON THIS DAY: May 9
Updated 3:08pm Friday 9th May 2014 in On This Day
1947: As part of the fourth Methodist Youth Week, a programme of drama and a quiz was held at the CIivic Arts Centre. Teams of six competitors from three circuits: Bath Road, Regent Street and Prospect Road, took part in a quiz, in between two one act plays being dramatised.
1957: Voting was taking place in Swindon’s Municipal elections. There were candidates in four of the town’s six wards.
1977: Winning the title of Miss Stratton Carnival Queen was just a walkover for 17-year-old Pat Fisher for there were no other entries.
2013: Four new circular walking and cycling routes were launched to encourage people across the town to explore the local area.
1092: Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated
1671: Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England’s Crown Jewels from the Tower of London
1874: The first horse-drawn bus makes its début in the city of Mumbai, traveling two routes
1887: Buffalo Bill Cody’s, pictured, Wild West Show opens in London.
1904: The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 mph
1945: World War II: The Channel Islands are liberated by the British after five years of German occupation
1974: Watergate Scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon
1980: In Florida, Liberian freighter MV Summit Venture collides with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, making a 1,400-ft. section of the southbound span collapse 2001: n Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium disaster BORN...
1800: John Brown, American activist (d. 1859)
1860: J. M. Barrie, Scottish author and playwright (d. 1937)
1874: Howard Carter, English archaeologist (d. 1939)
1914: Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian conductor (d. 2005)
1920: Richard Adams, English author
1930: Joan Sims, English actress (d. 2001)
1934: Alan Bennett, English actor, screenwriter, and author
1936: Glenda Jackson, English actress and politician
1943: Vince Cable, English politician
1949: Billy Joel, American singer-songwriter and pianist
1707: Dieterich Buxtehude, German-Danish organist and composer (b. 1637)
1805: Friedrich Schiller, German poet, playwright, and historian (b. 1759)
1955: Kate Booth, English Salvation Army officer (b. 1858)
1968: Finlay Currie, Scottish actor (b. 1878)
1976: Ulrike Meinhof, German militant, co-founded the Red Army Faction (b. 1934)
2010: Lena Horne, American singer, actress, and dancer (b. 1917)
2012: Vidal Sassoon, English-American hairdresser (b. 1928)
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