9th May

Born on this Day 9th May
1800 John Brown
1860 J.M. Barrie
1874 Lilian Baylis
1873 Howard Carter
1910 Barbara Woodhouse
1919 Arthur English
1930 Joan Sims
1934 Alan Bennett
1936 Glenda Jackson
1936 Albert Finney
1949 Billy Joel
1950 Matthew Kelly
1962 David Gahan
1962 Paul Heaton
1971 Paul McGuigan

Died on this Day
1986 Sherpa Tensing
2001 James Myers
2004 Alan King


1970 Elvis began his first tour in the US for almost 12 years.

1988 ‘DEF II’ began on BBC2.

1990 New Kids On The Block appeared at the NEC in Birmingham.

1992 Ireland’s Linda Martin won the Eurovision song contest in Malmo, Sweden with ‘Why Me?’, with Britain’s Michael Ball coming in second.


1992 Women’s world snooker champion Allison Fisher beat world number 8 Mike Hallett 5-3 in a Matchroom League game in Brighton.

1992 Liverpool won their third FA Cup final in 6 years with a 2-0 victory over Second Division Sunderland.

1993 Top jockey Frankie Dettori was arrested by police after he was suspected of possessing LSD. He was stopped by a routine police patrol in London and a drug like substance was found in his car.

People & Showbiz

1662 The first recorded ‘Punch & Judy’ show in Britain was presented by Pietro Gimonde at Convent Garden, London, as recorded in the diary of Samual Pepys.

1671 Irish adventurer Colonel Thomas Blood and a band of accomplices attempted to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London, but were apprehended soon after making their way out of the Tower.

1983 Time Out magazine was banned by the High Court from publishing advanced schedules of television programmes.

General Events

1092 The Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated.

1671 Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal England’s Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.

1887 Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show opens in London.

1901 Australia opens its first parliament in Melbourne.

1932 Picadilly Circus was first lit by electricity.

1974 Watergate Scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.

1988 The 1938 record breaking steam locomotive Mallard left Marylebone station carrying huge Mallard stamps to mark the issue of 4 new transport stamps.

1988 Lorry drivers blockaded Dover, Calais and Dunkirk in the continuing dispute between P&O and the National Union of Seamen, bringing chaos to continental trade and traffic.

1989 Namibian conservation officials were cutting the horns of sedated black rhinos in an attempt to protect them from poachers.

1991 Former Sinn Fein publicity director Danny Morrison was jailed for falsely imprisoning a police informer.

1992 Thousands of shoppers were evacuated from Europe’s biggest indoor shopping complex, Metrocentre in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, after 2 fire bombs were discovered.

1994 Nelson Mandelawsa chosen to be South Africa’s first black president.

2006 George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history.

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