On This Day — May 9th
May 9th is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 236 days remaining until the end of the year.
328 – Athanasius became the Patriarch of Alexandria.
1877 – Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Mihail Kogălniceanu made a speech in Parliament that declared Romania was discarding Ottoman suzerainty.
1901 – The first Parliament of Australia opened in the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, exactly 26 years before it moved to Canberra’s Provisional Parliament House, and exactly 87 years before it moved into the Parliament House in Canberra.
1918 – First World War: Germany repelled Britain’s second attempt to blockade the Belgian port of Ostend.
2012 – Pilots of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 ignored alerts from the terrain warning system and crashed into Mount Salak in Indonesia, resulting in the deaths of all 45 people on board.
Billy Joel turns 69
Tamia Hill turns 43
Audrina Partridge turns 33