11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 9th May

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Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history

1. 1429 - Joan of Arc defeats the besieging English at Orleans

2. 1502 - Christopher Columbus leaves Spain for his final trip to the Western Hemisphere

3. 1662 - The first Punch & Judy show in Britain is presented by Pietro Gimonde at Convent Garden, London

4. 1926 - Explorers Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett fly over the North Pole

5. 1932 - Picadilly Circus is lit by electricity for the first time

6. 1955 - West Germany formally joins the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)

7. 1956 - UK Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden refuses to give details about the disappearance of a naval diver during a goodwill visit by the Soviet leadership

8. 1972 - Twelve Israeli soldiers disguised as maintenance staff storm a hijacked Sabena Boeing at Lod airport in Tel Aviv, and release the 100 people on board

9. 1978 - Terrorist kidnappers murder Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro

10. 1987 - Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers get hitched

11. 1994 - The South African parliament elects Nelson Mandela as President

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com

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