May 9 in Pop Culture History
1662 – Famous puppet Mr. Punch made his first recorded appearance in England.
1865 – The patent (#47,631) was issued to Richard Jordan Gatling for the Gatling gun, which was the first to successfully combine reliability, high firing rate and ease of loading into a single device.
1882 – William F. Ford was issued a patent (#257,487) for his stethoscope.
1887 – Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show opened in London, England.
1893 – The first motion picture exhibition was presented by Thomas Edison in Brooklyn, New York to an audience of 400 people at the Dept of Physics, Brooklyn Institute, Brooklyn, NY using his Kinetograph.
1914 – Although referred to since the late 1800s, US President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Mother’s Day holiday on this date.
1950 – L. Ron Hubbard (Lafayette Ronald Hubbard) published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
1955 – Harpo Marx appeared on a very special I Love Lucy Episode.
1955 – West Germany joined NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).
1958 – Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo has world premiere in San Francisco.
1960 – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the world’s first commercially produced birth-control bill-Enovid-10.
1961 – Newton Minow, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, referred to television as the “vast wasteland”
1970 # 1 Hit May 9, 1970 – May 29, 1970: The Guess Who – American Woman / No Sugar Tonight
1992 – The Golden Girls aired their series finale.
1997 – The Fifth Element was released in theaters
2008 – What Happens in Vegas and Speed Racer debuted in theaters
2014 – Neighbors was released in theaters