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9th May

1671 Captain Thomas Blood tried to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London.

1873 * Howard Carter, English Egyptologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen.

1887 Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show opened in London as part of an American exhibition.

1926 Explorers Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett flew over the North Pole.

1934 * Alan Bennet, English playwright and actor.

1936 * Albert Finney, English actor who starred in the film The Dresser (1985).

1936 * Glenda Jackson, English actress who won an Oscar for the film A Touch of Class (1972).

1946 Victor Emmanuel III, Italian monarch since 1900 abdicated as Italy became a republic.

1955 West Germany formally joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation at a special ceremony in Paris.

1960 The US became the first country to legalize the birth control pill.

1962 The Beatles signed their first recording contract and hired George Martin to be their producer.

1978 Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro found dead in a car in Rome.

1979 At least 18 demonstrators were shot dead and many wounded after police opened fire on anti-government protesters in an El Salvador cathedral.

1988 Syria has threatened for the first time it may send in troops to halt the bloodshed in the slums of southern Beirut.

1999 Major cities in China have seen the biggest and angriest demonstrations for years in response to the destruction by Nato bombs of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade with the loss of four lives.

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