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1994 - Ebola Virus Outbreak
1994 : The first cases of the Ebola Virus in the latest outbreak in Gabon, are identified which cause the death of 9 of those infected with the virus.
Further Ebola Virus outbreaks occur in:
Gabon, in February 1995 (37 cases including 21 deaths)
Gabon, in July 1996 (60 cases including 45 deaths)
A Further Ebola Virus epidemic occurs in Kikwit, the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1995 with 315 cases, 250 of which had fatal outcomes.
(Figures From World Health Organization)
The strain of Ebola which broke out in Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) has one of the highest case fatality rates of any human pathogenic virus, at roughly 90%.
1974 - U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
1974 : Bruce Springsteen nicknamed "The Boss," with his E Street Band performed a concert in Cambridge, Mass., which made the well known rock critic Jon Landau write, "I saw rock and roll future and it's name is Bruce Springsteen." Bruce Springsteen most famous albums include Born to Run (1975) and Born in the U.S.A. (1984). He has sold over 65 million albums in the U.S.
1925 - U.S.A. Rum Runners
1925 : Rum runners were chased today by the Coast Guard and were forced to dump 100 cases of Liquor in the Delaware River as part of the Rum War between smugglers and Coast Guard, after dumping the booze the smugglers managed to escape the Coast Guard.
1926 - U.S.A. North Pole
1926 : Commander Richard Byrd and his companion the first to fly an airplane to the North Pole ( Later Disputed ).
1933 - US Tornadoes
1933 : 61 people have died as Tornado's strike Kentucky and Tennessee leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake, among the worst hit are areas of Louisville.
1934 - West Coast Longshoremen's Strike
1934 : The West Coast Longshoremen's Strike begins when Int’l. Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) union workers demand a 6 hr working day, more men on each gang, lighter loads and an independent union. They shut down seaports in Washington, Oregon and California for 3 months.
1944 - U.S.A. War Rationing
1944 : Like most of the countries throughout the world war rationing is in effect for everything from tires to Red Meat.
1944 - U.S.A. Jimmie Davis
1944 : Jimmie Davis becomes the Governor of Louisiana. He wrote the song "You Are My Sunshine." He became famous for recording secular and religious songs and also served two nonconsecutive terms as the governor. He lived to be over 100 years old and also has the distinction of living longer than any other United States governor.
1953 - U.S.A. The Mob
1953 : Calls for the federal government to take on the Mob / Crime Syndicate / The System after the murder of a longshoreman. The Mob makes money from Prostitution, Gambling, Loan Shark, Narcotics and The Waterfront and calls are rising daily for federal action as they appear to be immune from the law due to local politicians protection.
1955 - Germany NATO
1955 : West Germany Joins NATO.
1956 - England Frogman Disappears
1956 : A British naval diver ( Commander Lionel "Buster" Crabb ) goes missing and is later found dead during a Goodwill Visit by a Soviet cruiser carrying Soviet leaders Nikita Khruschev and Marshal Nikolai Bulganin. At the time no one would admit that he was spying on the Russian Cruiser on a spying mission for MI6 and had dived under the cruiser to check out the hull and any other information he could find. And it still remains a mystery on how he died.
1960 - U.S.A. Contraceptive Pill
1960 : The Food and Drug Administration approved the first pill for contraceptive use in Birth Control, called Envoid. The pill is a mix of of an estrogenand a progestin and is now used by by more than 100 million women worldwide.
1965 - U.S.A. Movies
1965 : Some of the films showing in movie houses provide an idea of the strength of the film industry in this year: Mary Poppins, The Great Escape, Becket, and Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.
1970 - U.S.A. War Protesters
1970 : About 100,000 war protesters gathered just south of the White House to express their opposition to involvement in the war in Cambodia.
1974 - U.S.A. Watergate
1974 : Nixon impeachment hearings begin against President Richard M. Nixon today for his involvement in the Watergate cover-up.
1976 - Israel Plane Hijack
1976 : A Sabena Boeing that was hijacked after leaving Vienna with 90 passengers and 10 crew that had been held hostage for 23 hours at Lod airport in Tel Aviv is stormed by Israeli soldiers disguised as maintenance staff who killed two of the Arab hijackers and released the passengers and crew.
1979 - El Salvador Protesters Killed
1979 : A protest by anti-government protesters at the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador, ends in a bloodbath when police opened fire killing 18 and injuring many more.
1988 - Lebanon Continued Fighting Beirut
1988 : The continued fighting between Syrian-backed Amal militia and the pro-Iranian Hezbollah for the control of Southern Beirut has claimed the lives of over 150 including many civilians caught in the crossfire.
1994 - South Africa Nelson Mandela
1994 : South Africa's newly elected parliament chose an unopposed Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president. He will be sworn in at an official ceremony next week.
1997 - U.S.A. Andrew Cunanan
1997 : Andrew Cunanan already on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List kills William Reese, 45, a cemetery caretaker, while attempting to steal his Chevrolet pick-up. Andrew Cunanan was already wanted for the murder of David Madson, Jeffrey Trail and Lee Miglin. On July 15th
, he killed famous fashion designer Gianni Versace outside his South Beach mansion and one week later when he believed he was about to be captured committed suicide.
2001 - Ghana Soccer Fans Stampede
2001 : During a soccer match at Accra Stadium in Ghana, following problems with local soccer fans and police a stampede by fans causes the deaths of 126 supporters.
2005 - Nuclear Leak at Plant in UK
2005 : The Thorp processing plant in Sellafield experienced a leakage of about twenty tons of nuclear material. The dangerous materials leaked through a crack in a pipe but were contained and did not impose a risk to the public, however the estimated cost to repair the damage was expected to fall heavily on taxpayers.
2006 - Estonia Ratifies EU Constitution
2006 : The European country of Estonia became the fifteenth country to ratify the European Union Constitution. The vote to ratify the treaty passed nearly unanimously with seventy three voting for ratification and one against in the Estonian parliament.
2007 - United States Men Arrested in Attack Plot
2007 : Six foreign men were arrested for planning an attack on the Fort Dix army base in New Jersey. The FBI infiltrated the group after being alerted of suspicious video footage by a video store. The footage had shown a group of men chanting and firing weapons and the video store was asked to make copies of the video.
2010 - Iceland Flights Cancelled Due to Volcanic Ash
2010 : Hundreds more flights are cancelled due to volcanic ash disrupting the atmospheric conditions over Europe. Ash clouds from an Icelandic volcano forced the cancellation of many flights to and from Europe and many airports around the continent were forced to close, including sixteen airports in Spain alone.
2011 - Austria to Deport Former Croatian Prime Minister
2011 : An Austrian court decided to deport Croatia's former Prime Minister, Ivo Sanader, back to Croatia to face charges of corruption. Sanader's attorneys filed for an appeal and the former prime minister was set to stay in Austrian custody until a decision was made on the appeal. Ivo Sanader was in power from 2004
until 2009 and is suspected on charges of embezzlement and abuse of power, however, he denied the charges, stating that they were politically motivated.
2012 - US President Obama States He Supports Gay Marriage
2012 : President Barack Obama stated that he supported same-sex couples and believes that they should be able to marry. Vice president Joe Biden and cabinet member Arne Duncan had also came out in support of same-sex marriage previously. His announcement of this position marked the first time a sitting US president had publicly been in favor of the controversial topic.
2013 - Prince Harry Begins US Visit
2013 : Prince Harry began a week long tour of the United States by joining first lady Michelle Obama in honoring US military mothers on Mother's Day.
Born This Day In History 9th May
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May 9th, 1965
, Fukuoka, Japan
Known For :
Ken, who is known as 'Monkeyman,' has been drifting since 2001. He came 2nd in the 2006 and 2008 D1 Grand Prix Championships, and won the D1 Grand Prix Non Championship Event World All Star in 2006. For 'drifting' please note that it is a Japanese motorsport that uses traction loss to navigate its turns.