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Unforgettable May 9 in World History

Collective list of top 10 must to know events of May 9 day in history.

Year - Event
2012 - ‘Orange, Red, Yellow’ painting became the most expensive post war/contemporary art on May 9, 2012, sold for $86,882,500 at a public auction. It is a 1961 Color Field painting by American painter Mark Rothko.
2005 - The Huffington Post, an American online news aggregator, was launched on May 9, 2005. It was founded by Arianna Huffington to offer news related to each category, blogs, original content etc. It became the first commercially run United States digital media enterprise to win Pulitzer Prize in 2012.
2001 - The worst stadium disaster in the history of Africa occurred on May 9, 2001 at Ohene Djan Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana what better remember as Accra Sports Stadium Disaster. Disappointed Football fan started throwing plastic seats and bottles onto the pitch that later caused stampede resulting from police reaction of firing tear gas into the crowd that ultimately led to the death of 127 people
1962 - The first successful lunar laser ranging experiment was conducted on May 9, 1962 at Lexington when a team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology observed laser pulses reflected from moon’s surface using a laser.
1960 - Nigeria became the member of the Commonwealth on May 9, 1960. In 1995, Nigeria was suspended from the membership for two year but its suspension was lifted on May 29, 1999 with the swearing in of the democratically elected civilian president.
1956 - War Reparations and Peace Settlement between Philippines and Japan was signed on May 9, 1956 at Malacañang Palace under Philippines President Ramon Magsaysay administration, ending long drawn controversy between Philippines and Japan.
1945 - The Soviet government marked the Victory Day in World War II on May 9, 1945 after the signing of the surrender document by Nazi Germany. 9 May was celebrated to commemorate the victory of Red Army over the Nazi forces.
1944 - The first eye bank was founded on May 9, 1944 in New York, United States by two physicians Dr. John MacLean and Dr. Townley Paton to store eyes for cornea transplant.
1932 - Piccadilly Circus was lit by electricity for the first time on May 9, 1932.Piccadilly Circus is known for its video display and neon signs for advertisements. Initially incandescent light bulbs were used for the display, later on it was replaced by neon lights and moving signs that too replaced by LED displays by 2011.
1927 - Canberra replaced Melbourne as the capital of Australia on May 9, 1927 with the opening of Provisional Parliament House. It is Australia’s largest inland city, located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory.

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