Today in History for 9th May 2022


Historical Events

1971 – Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42)
1977 – Hotel Poland in Amsterdam destroyed by fire, 33 killed
1980 – Slasher horror film “Friday the 13th” is released in US cinemas
1986 – NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
1997 – 1st US ambassador since Saigon fell arrives in Vietnam
2019 – Pope Francis introduces new rules on reporting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, criticized for not going far enough

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Famous Birthdays

1783 – Alexander Ross, Canadian fur trader, born in Morayshire, Scotland (d. 1856)
1941 – Pete Birrell, British rock bassist (Freddie and The Dreamers – “I’m Telling You Now”) born in Wythenshawe, Cheshire, England
1951 – Alley Mills, actress (Norma Arnold-Wonder Years), born in Chicago, Illinois
1953 – Ron Jackson, baseball player
1960 – Iain Butchart, cricket all-rounder (Zimbabwe, Test v Pak 1995)
1979 – Rosario Dawson, American actress

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Famous Deaths

1785 – Franz Xaver Schnitzer, German composer, dies at 44
1850 – Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist, dies at 71
1952 – Canada Lee [Leonard Canegata], African-American actor (Lost Boundaries), dies of a heart attack at 45
2009 – Turner Stephen Bruton, American country songwriter and musician (Crazy Heart), dies of throat cancer at 59
2013 – Andrew Simpson, British sailor, dies after a yacht capsize at 36
2017 – Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat and vice premier, dies at 89

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