1457 BC - Battle of Megiddo (15th
century BC) between Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh. It is the first battle to have been recorded in
what is accepted as relatively reliable detail.
328 - Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria.
1092 - Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated.
1450 - 'Abd al-Latif ( Timurid monarch) assassinated.
1502 - Christopher Columbus leaves Spain for his fourth and final journey to the New World.
1671 - Thomas Blood, disguised as a clergyman, attempts to steal
England's Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.
1726 - Five men arrested during a raid
on Mother Clap's molly house in London are executed at Tyburn.
1868 - The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded.
1873 - Der Krach: Vienna stock
market crash heralds Long Depression .
1874 - The first horse-drawn omnibus made its début in the city of Mumbai, plying on two routes.
1877 - Mihail Kogălniceanu reads, in the Chamber of Deputies, the
Declaration of Independence of Romania. This day became the Independence Day of
1887 - Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London.
1901 - Australia opens its first parliament
1904 - The steam locomotive City of Truro becomes the first steam
engine to exceed 100mph.
1914 - J.T. Hearne becomes the
to take 3000 first-class wickets.
1915 - World War I: Second Battle of Artois between German and French forces.
1920 - Polish-Soviet War: The Polish army under General Edward
Rydz-Śmigły celebrated their capture of Kiev
with a victory parade
1926 - Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole (later discovery of
his diary seems to indicate that this did not happen).
1927 - The Australian
Parliament first convenes in Canberra.
1936 - Italy formally annexes Ethiopia after taking the capital Addis Ababa on May 5.
1940 - World War II: The German submarine U-9 sinks French coastal submarine Doris
near Den Helder.
1941 - World War II: The German
submarine U-110 is
captured by the Royal Navy. On
board is the latest Enigma cryptography machine which
Allied cryptographers later use to break coded German
1942 - World War II: Belgrade becomes the first Axis-conquered city to murder or
eliminate its Jewish
population, largely with the help of Serbian collaborators.
1942 - Holocaust: The SS murder 588 Jewish residents of the Podolian town of Zinkiv ( Khmelnytska oblast, Ukraine).
1945 - World War II: The final German
surrender to Marshal Georgy Zhukov at Berlin-Karlshorst is signed by Colonel-General Hans-Jürgen
Stumpff as the representative of the Luftwaffe, Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel as the Chief of
Staff of OKW, and Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg as Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine.
1945 - World War II: General Alexander Löhr, commander of German Army Group E in Topolšica signed unconditional surrender of German
occupying forces in former Yugoslavia; end of World War II in
1945 - World War II: Partisans liberated Ljubljana.
1945 - World War II: Hermann Göring is captured by the United States
1945 - World War II: Vidkun Quisling is arrested in Norway.
1945 - World War II: Red Army
enters Prague (capitulation of Nazi occupation troops).
1945 - World War II: The Soviet Union marks Victory Day.
1945 - World War II: The Channel Islands are formally liberated by the
1946 - King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy
abdicates and is succeeded by Humbert II.
1949 - Rainier III of Monaco becomes
Prince of Monaco.
1950 - Robert Schuman presents his proposal on the
creation of an organized Europe,
indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as
the " Schuman declaration", is considered by some
people to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union.
1955 - Cold War: West Germany joins NATO.
1955 - debuts on a local Sam and
Friends U.S. television channel, marking the first television
appearance of both Jim Henson
and what would become Kermit the Frog and the Muppets.
1956 - First ascent of Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain.
1960 - The U.S. FDA announces it will approve birth control as an
additional indication for Searle's Enovid, making Enovid the
world's first approved oral contraceptive pill.
1961 - Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles becomes the first player in
baseball history to hit grand
slams in consecutive innings.
1970 - Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 75,000 to 100,000 war
protesters demonstrate in front of the White House.
1974 - Watergate Scandal:
The United States House of
Committee opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard M. Nixon.
1980 - In Florida, Liberian freighter SS hits the Summit
Venture Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay sending 35 people (most
in a bus) to a watery death as a 1,400-foot section of the bridge collapses.
1980 - In Norco, California, five masked gunman hold
up a Security Pacific bank, leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits
in California history. Two of the gunmen and one police officer were killed
while thirty-three police and civilian vehicles were destroyed in the chase.
1980 - The first meeting of Pope John Paul II and the Archbishop of Canterbury takes place
1987 - A Polish LOT Ilyushin IL-62M "Tadeusz Kościuszko" (SP-LBG).
crashes after takeoff in Warsaw, Poland, killing 183 people.
1988 - The new Australian Parliament House opens
1992 - Armenian forces capture Shusha in the Karabakh War, marking a major turning point.
2002 - The 38-day stand-off in the Church of the
Nativity in Bethlehem comes to
an end when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected
militants among them deported to several different countries.
2002 - In Kaspiysk, Russia, a remote-controlled bomb explodes during a holiday parade killing 43 and
injuring at least 130.
2004 - Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov is killed in a landmine bomb blast under a VIP stage during a World War II memorial victory
parade in Grozny, Chechnya.
2006 - Estonia ratifies the European
2006 - George Preca
canonised as the first Maltese saint in history 1147 - Minamoto no Yoritomo, Japanese shogun (d.
1741 - Giovanni Paisiello, Italian composer (d. 1816)
1800 - John Brown, American abolitionist
1837 - Adam Opel, German engineer and industrialist (d. 1895)
1860 - J. M. Barrie, Scottish author (d. 1937)
1866 - Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Leader of Indian
Independence Movement (d. 1915)
1873 - Anton Cermak, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1933)
1874 - Howard Carter, British
archaeologist (d. 1939)
1882 - George
Barker, American painter (d. 1965)
1882 - Henry J.
Kaiser, American shipbuilder (d. 1967)
1883 - José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish
philosopher (d. 1955)
1886 - Francis Biddle, United States Attorney General
1887 - Sir Ernest de
Silva, Sri Lankan Philantrophist (d. 1957)
1892 - Zita of Bourbon-Parma, Empress of
Austria-Hungary (d. 1989)
1893 - William
Moulton Marston, American psychologist, writer (co-creator, Wonder Woman) (d. 1947)
1895 - Richard Barthelmess, American actor (d. 1963)
1895 - Lucian Blaga,
Romanian poet, playwright, and philosopher (d. 1961)
1888 - Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector and
museum director (d. 1964)
1907 - Baldur von Schirach, Nazi official (d. 1974)
1907 - Kathryn
Kuhlman, famed evangelist (d. 1976)
1907 - Fred
Warngård, Swedish athlete (d. 1950)
1908 - Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (d. 2007)
1909 - Don Messer, Canadian country musician (d. 1973)
1912 - Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (d. 1963)
1912 - Per
Imerslund, "The aryan idol" (d. 1943)
1914 - Carlo Maria Giulini, Italian musician and
conductor (d. 2005)
1914 - Hank Snow, American
country music singer and songwriter (d. 1999)
1918 - Mike Wallace, American journalist
1918 - Orville L. Freeman, American politician (d.
1918 - Moisis Michail Bourlas, Greek member of
the World War II
1919 - Arthur English, English actor and comedian (d.
1920 - Richard
Adams, English author
1920 - William Tenn,
1921 - Sophie Scholl, resistance fighter in Nazi Germany
1921 - Mona Van
Duyn, American poet (d. 2004)
1923 - Johnny Grant, American radio personality,
television producer (d. 2008)
1924 - Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician
1927 - Manfred Eigen, German biophysicist, recipient of
the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1928 - Ralph Goings,
1928 - Pancho Gonzalez, American tennis player (d. 1995)
1928 - Barbara
Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater
1930 - Joan Sims, British actress (d. 2001)
1931 - Vance Brand, American astronaut
1934 - Alan Bennett, British author
1935 - Nokie Edwards, American guitarist ( The Ventures)
1936 - Albert Finney, British actor
1936 - Glenda
Jackson, English actress and politician
1937 - José Rafael
Moneo, Spanish architect
1937 - David Prater,
American singer ( Sam &
Dave) (d. 1988)
1939 - Ralph Boston, American athlete
1939 - Pierre
Desproges, French humorist (d. 1988)
1939 - Ion Ţiriac,
Romanian tennis player and businessman
1940 - James L. Brooks, American film producer and
1942 - John Ashcroft, United States Attorney General 1942 - Tommy Roe, American
singer and songwriter
1944 - Richie Furay, American musician ( Poco and Buffalo Springfield)
1946 - Candice Bergen, American actress
1946 - Clint Holmes,
English-born American singer and songwriter
1948 - Calvin Murphy, American basketball player
1949 - Billy Joel, American musician
1955 - Kevin Peter Hall, American actor (d. 1991)
1955 - Anne-Sofie von Otter, Swedish
1955 - Meles Zenawi,
Prime Minister of Ethiopia
1960 - Tony Gwynn, American baseball player
1961 - John Corbett, American actor
1962 - David Gahan, English singer ( Depeche Mode)
1962 - Paul Heaton,
English singer/songwriter ( Beautiful South)
1963 - Sanja Doležal, Croatian singer ( Novi fosili)
1964 - Kevin Saunderson, American music producer and
1965 - Ken Nomura, Japanese racing driver
1965 - Janu Tornell,
American model and Survivor contestant
1965 - Steve
Yzerman, Canadian ice hockey player
1968 - Marie-José
Perec, French athlete
1969 - Amber, Dutch musician
1970 - Doug Christie, American
1970 - Ghostface
Killah, American rapper ( Wu-Tang Clan)
1971 - Paul
McGuigan, English bassist ( Oasis)
1972 - Megumi Odaka, Japanese actress and artist
1972 - Daniela
Silivaş, Romanian gymnast
1973 - Chu Sang-mi, South Korean actress
1975 - Brian Deegan, Freestyle Motocross
1975 - Tamia, Canadian singer
1977 - Choi Jeong-yoon, South Korean actress
1977 - Maggie Dixon,
Women's college basketball coach (d. 2006)
1977 - Iñigo
Landaluze, Spanish cyclist
1977 - Dan Regan, American
trombonist ( Reel Big
1978 - Leandro
Damián Cufré, Argentine footballer
1978 - Aaron Harang,
1979 - Rosario Dawson, American actress
1979 - Pierre
Bouvier, Canadian musician ( Simple Plan)
1979 - Andrew W.K.,
1979 - Brandon Webb,
American baseball player
1980 - Cho Hyeon Jae, South Korean actor
1980 - Grant
Hackett, Australian swimmer
1980 - Angela
Nikodinov, American figure skater
1980 - Tony Schmidt,
German racing driver
1981 - Tyler Lumsden, American baseball player
1981 - Bill Murphy,
American baseball player
1982 - Rachel Boston, American actress
1983 - Tyler Lumsden, American baseball player
1983 - Gilles
Müller, Luxembourgian tennis player
1984 - Prince Fielder, American baseball player
1985 - Jake Long, American football player
1988 - Skye Regan, Canadian Actress and Writer
1988 - John Ryan Fitzpatrick, NASCAR Canadian Tire
1996 - Mary Matilyn Mouser, American child actress
1315 - Hugh V,
Duke of Burgundy (b. 1282)
1446 - Mary of Enghien, Queen of Naples (b. 1368)
1657 - William Bradford, Governor of
Plymouth Colony (b. 1590)
1707 - Dieterich Buxtehude, German composer
1745 - Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Italian violinist
and composer(b. 1663)
1747 - John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of
Stair, Scottish soldier and diplomat (b. 1673)
1760 - Nicolaus Ludwig Zinzendorf, German
religious and social reformer (b. 1700)
1789 - Jean Baptiste Vaquette de
Gribeauval, French artillery specialist (b. 1715)
1790 - William Clingan, American delegate to the
1791 - Francis Hopkinson, American signer of the
Declaration of Independence (b. 1737)
1805 - Friedrich Schiller, German poet and
historian (b. 1759)
1861 - Peter Ernst
von Lasaulx, German philosopher and writer (b. 1805)
1889 - William S. Harney, U.S. general (b. 1800)
1914 - C.W. Post, American food
manufacturer (b. 1854)
1915 - François Faber, Luxembourgish cyclist (b.
1918 - George Coşbuc, Romanian poet (b. 1866)
1931 - Albert
Abraham Michelson, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1852)
1938 - Thomas B. Thrige, Danish industrialist (b. 1866)
1949 - Prince Louis II of Monaco (b. 1870)
1950 - Esteban
Terradas i Illa, Catalan mathematician, scientist, and engineer (b. 1883)
1955 - Kate Booth, the oldest daughter of William and Catherine Booth (b. 1858)
1957 - Ezio Pinza, Italian bass (b. 1892)
1965 - Leopold Figl, Austrian politician (b. 1902)
1968 - Mercedes de Acosta, American poet,
playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
1968 - Finlay
Currie, British actor (b. 1878)
1968 - Marion Lorne,
American actress (b. 1885)
1970 - Andrew Watson Myles, Canadian politician
1970 - Walter
Reuther, American labor leader (b. 1907)
1976 - Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian author (b. 1920)
1976 - Ulrike
Meinhof, German revolutionist (b. 1934)
1977 - James Jones, American writer (b. 1921)
1978 - Aldo Moro, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1916)
1979 - Cyrus Eaton, Canadian-American
businessman and industrialist (b. 1883)
1981 - Ralph
Allen, English footballer (b. 1906)
1985 - Edmond O'Brien, American actor (b. 1915)
1986 - Tenzing Norgay, Nepalese sherpa (b. 1914)
1989 - Keith Whitley, American country music singer (b.
1955) 1990 - James Chadwick,, Australian train conductor
1993 - Jacques Dextraze, French Canadian military
officer (b. 1919)
1994 - Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom
fighter (b. 1924)
1997 - Marco Ferreri, Italian film director (b. 1928)
1998 - Alice Faye, American actress (b. 1915)
2001 - James E. Myers, American songwriter ( Rock Around the
Clock) and producer (b. 1919)
2002 - Dan Devine, former NCAA and National Football League
2003 - Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator from Louisiana
2004 - Akhmad Kadyrov, Chechen president (b. 1951)
2004 - Alan King, American comedian (b. 1927)
2005 - Nasrat Parsa, Afghani singer (b. 1969)
2007 - Dwight Wilson, second-to-last Canadian WWI
veteran (b. 1901)
2007 - Edith Rodriguez, hospital emergency room
refused to treat (b. 1964) Press Release
Release Date: May 9, 2007
For immediate release
The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to keep its target for the
federal funds rate at 5-1/4 percent.
Economic growth slowed in the first part of this year and the adjustment in
the housing sector is ongoing. Nevertheless, the economy seems likely to expand
at a moderate pace over coming quarters.
Core inflation remains somewhat elevated. Although inflation pressures seem
likely to moderate over time, the high level of resource utilization has the
potential to sustain those pressures.
In these circumstances, the Committee's predominant policy concern remains
the risk that inflation will fail to moderate as expected. Future policy
adjustments will depend on the evolution of the outlook for both inflation and
economic growth, as implied by incoming information.
Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman;
Timothy F. Geithner, Vice Chairman; Thomas M. Hoenig; Donald L. Kohn; Randall S.
Kroszner; Cathy E. Minehan; Frederic S. Mishkin; Michael H. Moskow; William
Poole; and Kevin M. Warsh.
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