History of May 9: Events that are important for competitive exams

Historical events which happened on this day around the world

Let us have a look at our past and dig out what has happened on this day in history. Mostly when we think of history in terms of academics we tend to talk about wars, memorizing dates of kings/rulers and sometimes natural disasters. But history offers much more than that to its dedicated disciples. It is about scientific inventions, missions, different discoveries, and the list go endless to other fields of study. History is involved in every field. Let us take a quick look at some major events that have shaped the world to its present shape?

Gopal Krishna Gokhale

Born on May 9, 1866, in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, Gopal Krishna Gokhale was an Indian political leader and social reformer. He was actively working for the Indian self-rule during British colonialism. He was the senior leader of Congress and founder of India’s Servants party.

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Mirza Mu’izz-ud-Din Beig Muhammed Khan

Born on May 9, 1661, in Deccan Plateau, more commonly known as Jahandar Shah, was a Mughal Emperor who ruled India for a brief period in 1712–1713. His full title was Shahanshah-i-Ghazi Abu’l Fath Mu’izz-ud-Din Muhammad Jahandar Shah Sahib-i-Quran Padshah-i-Jahan (Khuld Aramgah).

Sai Pallavi Senthamarai

Born on May 9, 1992, Sai Pallavi is an Indian film actress and dancer who appears in Telugu, Malayalam, and Tamil films. She has received several awards including two Filmfare Awards for her performances in the films Premam and Fidaa.

A.N Krishna Rao

Born on May 9, 1908, A.N Krishna Rao was one of the best Kannada writers in India. He has been given an honorary doctorate from the Mysore University and the Karnataka state Sahitya Akademi award.


On the same day in 1926, Richard and Floyd claimed to have flown over the North Pole for the first time. Richard E. Byrd and co-pilot Floyd Bennet flew over the world in the Josephine Ford, a triple Fokker monoplane. The duo had taken off from Norway.

Vietnam War

President Nixon shook the hands with anti-war protesters, it is considered weirdest day so far of his presidency by his chief of the staff. On the morning of this day in 1970, President Nixon embarked on the anti-war protesters.

Women’s Rights

On 9th May in 1960, the FDA approved the world’s first commercially birth control pill-Envoid=10 to curb the population and provide freedom to women, then underprivileged gender. It was manufactured by the pharma company from Chicago.

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On this day in 1978, the bullet-ridden body of former Italian prime minister was found in the back of a car in the center of Rome. Aldo Moro was kidnapped by a terrorist group called Red Brigade on March 16. The kidnapping happened after a bloody shoot-out near the deceased’s home.

Art and Literature

On this day 9th May 1971, the famous sitcom, The Honeymooners ended. Its last episode ended on this day. The sitcom starred Jackie Gleason as Brooklyn bus driver Ralph Kramden. The sitcom lasted just one season from 1955-1956 with 39 episodes. However, the sitcom was recreated due to its overwhelming favouritism among the masses.

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