I have an excellent book that I use for ideas and as a reference in my writing and research. It is called,
“A Day-By-Day Review of World Events: Today in History”. Published by DK, 2003. The book is based on The History Channel television series, “This Week in History”.
This is a fantastic resource for a history writer like me who looks for ideas to write about. Along with dictionary, thesaurus, atlas, desktop encyclopedia, and the internet, this is invaluable to me.
Here are just some of the interesting entries for today May 9th:
- 1754 – first American newspaper cartoon is published in Pennsylvania Gazette (it’s a political one).
- 1914 – President Woodrow Wilson proclaims a new holiday in the United States, Mother’s Day.
- 1960 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the birth control pill (The Pill) for use in the United States.
- 1962 – The Beatles sing their first recording contract with EMI.
- 1974 – House of Representatives Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.
- 1994 – Nelson Mandela is officially installed as South Africa’s first black president.
List of Those Born on May 9th:
1800 – John Brown, American abolitionist
1874 – Howard Carter, co-discoverer of King Tut’s tomb
1914 – Hank Snow, country musician
1918 – Mike Wallace, American news reporter (60 Minutes)
1946 – Candice Bergen, American actress (Murphy Brown, televison series and also movies)
Wait a minute there’s been an omission from this list. Guess I’ll have to write it in.
1949 – Steve Davis, Canadian husband, father, writer, and for an old guy, not too grumpy – yet.