This Day in History 09/05
1785 – British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle
1788 – British parliament accepts abolition of slave trade
1868 – The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded.
1877 – Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of Romania.
1899 – Lawn mower patented
1927 – Canberra replaces Melbourne as the capital of Australia
1945 – Czechoslovakia liberated from Nazi occupation (Natl Day)
1955 – German Federal Republic joins NATO
1960 – Nigeria becomes a member of British Commonwealth
1988 – Australia’s new parliament house is opened by Queen Elizabeth II
1988 – Belgium: 8th government of Martens forms
1988 – The new Australian Parliament House opens in Canberra.
2001 – In Ghana 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. The deaths were caused by a stampede (caused by the firing of teargas by police personnel at the stadium)that followed a controversial decision by the referee handling a crucial match between arch-rivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
2005 – Liberal commentary website The Huffington Post is launched
2006 – Estonia ratifies the European Constitution.
2006 – George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history.
2012 – A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board
2012 – United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same sex marriage
2013 – Everton Manager David Moyes is announced to become Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United (he only lasted 10 month
1793 – Johannes C de Jonge, Dutch historian/archivist
1800 – John Brown, Torrington, Connecticut, American revolutionary abolitionist (d. 1859)
1873 – Howard Carter, London, British archaeologist and egyptologist (found King Tutankhamen’s tomb)
1882 – Henry J. Kaiser, Sprout Brook NY, ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam)
1918 – Mike Wallace, Brookline Mass, newscaster (Biography, 60 Minutes), (d. 2012)
1949 – Billy Joel, Bronx, rock vocalist (Pianoman, Capt Jack, Bridge)
1978 – Aldo Moro, 5 times PM of Italy, assassinated by the Marxist-Leninist terrorist organization Red Brigades at 61
1979 – Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95
1986 – Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber (Mount Everest 1953), dies at 71
1987 – Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian Nationalist dies at 78