May 9th

2012
The brand-new Sukhoi Superjet 100 plane crashes. The regional jet was the first airliner produced in Russia since the end of the USSR in 1991. The doomed flight was a demonstration tour carrying potential customers. All 45 people on board perished in the crash, which was caused by pilot error.
Mount Salak Sukhoi Superjet 100 crash
2010
Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history, leading the Oakland Athletics in a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
List of Major League Baseball perfect games
2004
Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader, Akhmad Kadyrov, was killed in a bombing. Six others were killed and another 60 wounded.
NTV (Russia)
1997
Pete Peterson becomes the first U.S. ambassador to visit Vietnam after the end of the war. Peterson, a Vietnam veteran, devoted himself to promoting reconciliation between the two countries. About 2.5 million Vietnamese, most of them civilians, were killed during the war.
United States–Vietnam relations
1994
South Africa's newly-elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president.
South African general election, 1994
1984
It took the Chicago White Sox 25 innings, eight hours, and six minutes, over two days, to finally defeat the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6. It was the longest game (in elapsed time) in major-league history.
Extra innings
1979
Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian is executed. An Islamic revolutionary tribunal had convicted him of “contacts with Israel and Zionism” and “friendship with the enemies of God”. His execution triggered a Jewish mass exodus from Iran.
Habib Elghanian
1978
The 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.
1974
A concert in Cambridge, Mass., prompted rock critic Jon Landau to write, "I saw rock and roll future and it's name is Bruce Springsteen.
The Real Paper
1969
Carlos Lamarca begins his fight against Brazil's military dictatorship. Lamarca was a member of the communist organization Vanguardia Popular Revolucionária (VPR) and is well known for his urban guerilla actions. Brazilian forces killed him in 1971.
Dilma Rousseff
1962
The Beatles signed their first recording contract and hired George Martin to be their producer.
George Martin
1961
Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow condemned TV programming as a "vast wasteland" in a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters.
Television and the Public Interest
1960
The first birth control pill is approved. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it would add birth control as a new indication for the drug “Enovid”.
Combined oral contraceptive pill
1945
World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day.
Victory Day (9 May)
1941
British intelligence at Bletchley Park breaks German spy codes after capturing Enigma machines aboard the weather ship Muenchen.
Bletchley Park
1936
Fascist Italy annexed Ethiopia.
Second Italo-Ethiopian War
1926
Americans 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.).
Richard E. Byrd
1914
Mother's Day became a public holiday.
Mother's Day (United States)
1502
Christopher Columbus left Cadiz, Spain, on his fourth and final trip to the Western Hemisphere.
Voyages of Christopher Columbus
1386
Treaty of Windsor between Portugal and England (the oldest diplomatic alliance in the world which is still in force).
Anglo-Portuguese Alliance