5-9-12: Today in History
Patriot politician and composer Francis Hopkinson dies, 1791
"Speed Racer" movie released, 2008
Union troops take Snake Creek Gap, Georgia, 1864
West Germany joins NATO, 1955
Cunanan continues murder spree, 1997
Soccer fans trampled in Ghana, 2001
Captain Blood steals crown jewels, 1671
Byrd flies over the North Pole?, 1926
FDA approves the pill, 1960
Aldo Moro found dead, 1978
Former POW is ambassador to Vietnam, 1997
Last Honeymooners episode airs, 1971
James Barrie is born, 1860
An unlikely challenger ends the Beatles' reign atop the U.S. pop charts, 1964
Buffalo Bill's Wild West show opens, 1887
Woodrow Wilson proclaims the first Mother's Day holiday, 1914
Johnny Bench hits three home runs off Steve Carlton, 1973
Reporter breaks the news of secret bombing in Cambodia, 1969
Demonstrations held in Washington, 1970
House votes to initiate impeachment proceedings, 1974
World War I
Allies launch dual offensive on Western Front, 1915
World War II
Herman Goering is captured by the U.S. Seventh Army, 1945
1846 - During the Mexican War, the Mexican army was defeated at the battle of Resaca de la Palma.
1865 - Near Abbeville, GA, former Texas governor Francis R. Lubbock was captured by Union forces.
1916 - U.S. President Woodrow Wilson ordered the militias of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to mobilize and serve on the Mexican border.
1927 - In Texas, a tornado destroyed much of Garland and killed 17 people.
1967 - "Damito Jo Day" was celebrated in her hometown of Austin, TX.
1979 - In east Houston, the "Orange Show" opened to the public.