Events on May 9

  • 1002After trailing 9-0, St. Louis Cardinals beat Atlanta Braves 12-11
  • 1092Lincoln Cathedral consecrated
  • 1336Italian Poet Francesco Petrarca climbs Mont Ventoux
  • 1386Treaty of Windsor between Portugal-England
  • 1460Court yard episcopal palace Atrecht has witch burnings
  • 1502Columbus left Spain on his 4th and final trip to New World
  • 1519Austrian adel / burgerij in uprising against central government
  • 1573Polish Parliament selects Duke of Anjou as King
  • 1588Duke Henri de Guises troops occupy Paris
  • 1671Colonel Thomas Blood attempts to steal Crown Jewels
  • 1689English King Willem III declares war on France
  • 1738England routes fleet in Mediterranean Sea and West-Indies
  • 1753King Louis XV disbands French parliament
  • 17541st newspaper cartoon in America-divided snake "Join or Die"
  • 1766John Byron back in England after trip around the world
  • 1785British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
  • 1788English parliament accepts abolishing of slave trade
  • 1836HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin departs Port Louis, Mauritius
  • 1837"Sherrod" burns in Mississippi River below Natchez Miss; 175 dies
  • 1846Battle of Resaca de la Palma-US sends Mexico back to Rio Grande
  • 1862Battle of Farmington, Mississippi
  • 1862Battle of Ft Pickens, Florida (Pensacola), evacuated by CS
  • 1862US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis MD to Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1864Battle of Dalton, Georgia
  • 1864Ship battle at Helgoland, Austria-Denmark
  • 1874Victoria Embankment, in London opens
  • 1882Telegraph Hill RR Co organized
  • 18961st horseless carriage show in London (featured 10 models)
  • 1899Lawn mower patented
  • 1901Australia opens its 1st parliament in Melbourne

Born on May 9

  • 1265Dante Alighieri: Italian poet (Divina Commedia)
  • 1596Abraham van Diepenbeeck: Painter
  • 1738John Pindar [Peter]: Physician / poet
  • 1740Giovanni Paisiello: Italian composer (Barber of Seville)
  • 1783Alexander Ross: Canada -- Pioneer / fur trader
  • 1785James Pollard Espy: Pennsylvania, United States -- Meteorologist (Philosphy of Storms)
  • 1793Johannes C de Jonge: Dutch historian / archivist
  • 1796August Pauly: German classicus (Real Encyclopedia)
  • 1800John Brown: Abolitionist; led attack on Harpers Ferry
  • 1801Samuel Cousins: Mezzotint engraver
  • 1810Louis Gallait: Historical painter
  • 1810WFLC Marianne: Princess of Orange-Nassau / Daughter of King Willem I
  • 1814Adolph von Henselt: Composer
  • 1824William Edmonson "Grumble" Jones: Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • 1829Ciro Pinsuti: Pianist / composer
  • 1833Boleslaw Dembinski: Composer
  • 1837Adam Opel: German manufacturer (cycling, motorcars)
  • 1843Belle Boyd: Spy (Confederate) / actress / lecturer
  • 1844[Maria] Catharina Beersmans: Belgian actress (Bad Herders)
  • 1855Julius Rontgen: Composer
  • 1860James Matthew Barrie: Scotland, United Kingdom -- Novelist (Margaret Ogilvy, Peter Pan)
  • 1865August de Boeck: Composer
  • 1882Henry J Kaiser: Builder (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam)
  • 1887Jules Van de Leene: Belgian writer
  • 1892Eric Westberg: Composer
  • 1892Zita: Empress (Austria) / Queen (Hungary)
  • 1895Lucian Blaga: Romaniams philosopher / poet (Dogmatic Aeon)
  • 1895Richard Barthelmess: NYC, New York -- Actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose)
  • 1899Edward Pollock: Saxophone / clarinet
  • 1901Fuzzy Knight: Fairmont, West Virginia -- Actor (Oklahoma Annie, Cowby & the Lady)

Died on May 9

  • 1079Stanislaus: Polish Bishop of Cracow, murdered
  • 1280Magnus VI Lagaboeter: King of Norway (1263-80), dies at 42
  • 1460Jean Lavite: Atrechts painter
  • 1474Peter van Hagenbach: Elzasser knight / land guardian, beheaded
  • 1590Karel "Cardinal" van Bourbon: Archbishop of Rouen, dies at 66
  • 1657William Bradford: Governor (Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts)
  • 1667Marie Louise de Gonzague-Nevers: French Queen of Poland (1645-48)
  • 1688Frederick William: Great Elector of Brandenburg, dies at 68
  • 1707Dietrich Buxtehude: German Organist / composer, dies at about 69
  • 1745Tomaso Antonio Vitali: Composer, dies at 82
  • 1760Nikolaus Ludwig und Pottendorf: Austrian composer, dies at 59
  • 1785Franz Xaver Schnitzer: Composer, dies at 44
  • 1791Francis Hopkinson: US writer / music / lawyer, dies at 53
  • 1799Claude-Benigne Balbastre: Composer, dies at 72
  • 1805Friedrich Schiller: Writer, dies at 45
  • 1805Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller: Poet / playwright, dies at 45
  • 1822Charles Duquesnoy: Composer, dies at 62
  • 1850Louis-Joseph Gay-Lussac: Chemist / physicist
  • 1853Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt: Composer, dies at 73
  • 1864"Uncle" John Sedgwick: US Union General Major, dies in battle at 50
  • 1864Thomas Donnely Doubleday: US Union Col, dies in an accident
  • 1880Johann Hermann Berens: Composer, dies at 54
  • 1884Hermanus W Witteveen: Theologist, dies at 69
  • 1905Ernst Pauer: Composer, dies at 78
  • 1926Joseph Mallaby Dent: Publisher
  • 1928Constantin Dimitrescu: Composer, dies at 81
  • 1931A[lbert] A[braham] Michelson: US physicist (1907 Nobel), dies at 78
  • 1937Walter Mittelholzer: Swiss aviation pioneer, dies in crash at 43
  • 1944Ethel Mary Smyth: Composer, dies at 86
  • 1949Louis II: Prince of Monaco

Historical events on May 10

  • 1278Jews of England imprisoned on charges of coining
  • 1291Scottish nobles recognize authority of English King Edward I
  • 1427Jews are expelled from Berne Switzerland
  • 1497Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for 1st voyage to New World
  • 1503Columbus discovers Cayman Islands
  • 1525Church Reformer John Pistorius caught in the Hague
  • 1534French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Newfoundland
  • 1559Scottish Protestants under John Knox uprise against queen-mother Mary
  • 1570Czar Ivan IV becomes Protestant
  • 1624Jacob Willekens and Piet Heyn conquer Salvador, Civil rights activist
  • 1652John Johnson, a free black, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Virginia
  • 1655Jamaica captured by English
  • 1752Benjamin Franklins 1st tests the lightning rod
  • 1774Louis XVI ascends to throne of France
  • 17752nd Cont Congress convenes in Pa issues paper currency for 1st time
  • 17752nd Continental Congress names George Washington, Supreme Commander
  • 1775Green Mountain Boys capture Ft Ticonderoga NY - American Revolution
  • 1787Parliament impeaches Warren Hastings
  • 1796French government arrest 10 utopists
  • 1796Napoleon defeats Austria in Battle of Lodi Bridge
  • 1796Riot after disagreement of patriotic demand in Amsterdam
  • 17971st Navy ship, the "United States, " is launched
  • 1816English steamship "Defiance" arrives at Rotterdam harbor
  • 18231st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Ft Snelling
  • 1849Pack destroys Astor Place opera house in NYC (22 killed)
  • 1857Indian Mutiny begins with revolt of Sepoys of Meerut
  • 1857Sepoy-revolt in Meerutkazerne, Delhi
  • 1861Union troops march on state militia in St. Louis, MI
  • 1862Battle of Plum Run Bend, TN (Plum Point Bend)
  • 1864Battles at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia

Born on May 10

  • 1705Gallus Zeiler: Composer
  • 1724Johan A Zoutman: Dutch Lieutenant Admiral (battle of Doggersbank)
  • 1727Anne-Robert-Jacques Turgot: French Minister of Finance (17.. -76)
  • 1730George Ross: US judge (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • 1741Johann Michael Schmidt: Composer
  • 1754Asmus Jakob Carstens: Painter
  • 1760Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle: Soldier / author / composer (Marseillaise)
  • 1760J P Hebel: Writer
  • 1769Jean Lannes [duc de Montebello]: Marshal of France
  • 1770Louis Nicholas Davout: French Field Marshal (defeated Prussians)
  • 1776George Thomas Smart: Composer
  • 1780Peter Lichtenthal: Composer
  • 1783Niccola Benvenuti: Composer
  • 1788Augustin-Jean Fresnel: Optics pioneer / physicist
  • 1795Jacques-Nicolas-Augustin Thierry: Historian
  • 1800Nikolay Alexeyevich Titov: Composer
  • 1810James Shields: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1879
  • 1813Montgomery Blair: Franklin County, Kentucky -- Lawyer (Dred Scot V Sandford)
  • 1822August Ritter von Pettenkofen: Painter
  • 1823John Sherman: MC (Union), died in 1900
  • 1824Charles Henry Van Wyck: Brigadier General (Union volunteers), died in 1895
  • 1825Rudolf Viole: Composer
  • 1830Francois M Raoult: French physicist / chemist (law of Raoult)
  • 1837Pinckney B S Pinchback: Lt gov (Louisiana)
  • 1838James: 1st Viscount Bryce, historian / Statesman
  • 1843Kaufmann Kohler: Reform rabbi / Theologian
  • 1850Thomas Johnstone Lipton: Glasgow, Scotland -- Yachtsman / tea magnate (Lipton Tea)
  • 1857Hendrik Zwaardemaker: Dutch physiologist (olfactometer)
  • 1858Frederick Zech, Jr.: Composer
  • 1873Carl J Eldh: Swedish sculptor

Died on May 10

  • 0238Gaius Julius Verus Maximinus [the Thracian]: Roman Emperor, murdered
  • 0995Boudouin: Bishop of Utrecht
  • 1566Leonhard Fuchs: German botanist, dies at 65
  • 1569Juan the Avila: Spanish Minister / writer
  • 1653John Bicker: Ship builder / Merchant / regent, dies at 61
  • 1710Georg Dietrich Leiding: Composer, dies at 46
  • 1760Johann Christoph Graupner: Composer, dies at 77
  • 1764Picander [Christian Henrici]: German writer (Die Weiberprobe)
  • 1774Louis XV: King of France (1715-74), dies at 64
  • 1785Etienne Joseph Floquet: Composer, dies at 36
  • 1789Guillaume Gommaire Kennis: Composer, dies at 72
  • 1794Elisabeth PMH: Princess of France, beheaded at 30
  • 1798George Vancouver: British explorer, (Voyage of Discovery), dies at 40
  • 1818Paul Revere: American patriot
  • 1820Matthaus Stegmayer: Composer, dies at 49
  • 1826Giuseppe Sigismondo: Composer, dies at 86
  • 1829Thomas Young: Physicist / decipherer of Egyptian hierogolyphics
  • 1833Francois GJS Andrieux: French writer / politician, dies at 74
  • 1849Katsushika Hokusai: Japanese painter, dies at 89
  • 1859Johan BJFS: Archduke of Austria (Firechief & Housewife)
  • 1863Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson: Confederate General (Civil War)
  • 1864James Clay Rice: Lawyer / Union Brigadier General, dies in battle at 34
  • 1864Thomas Greeley Stevenson: Union Brigadier General, dies at about 27
  • 1869Bernhard Molique: Composer, dies at 66
  • 1869Wilhelm Bernard Molique: Composer, dies at 66
  • 1880John Goss: Composer / organist, dies at 79
  • 1885Edward Stephen: Composer, dies at 62
  • 1897William Thomas Best: Composer, dies at 70
  • 1904Henry M Stanley [John Rowlands]: British explorer
  • 1909Johannes de Koo: Journalist / playwright