Wednesday, May 9. 2012.
1763 – The Siege of Fort Detroit begins during Pontiac’s War against British forces.
1942 – Holocaust: The SS murders 588 Jewish residents of the Podolian town of Zinkiv (Khmelnytska oblast, Ukraine). The Zoludek Ghetto (in Belarus) is destroyed and all its inhabitants murdered or deported.
1960 – The Food and Drug Administration announces it will approve birth control as an additional indication for Searle‘s Enovid, making Enovid the world’s first approved oral contraceptive pill.
1961 – Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles becomes the first player in baseball history to hit grand slams in consecutive innings.
1970 – Vietnam War: In Washington, D.C., 75,000 to 100,000 war protesters demonstrate in front of the White House.
1974 – Watergate Scandal: The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opens formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.
1980 – In Florida, Liberian freighter MV Summit Venture collides with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, making a 1,400-ft. section of the southbound span collapse. 35 people in six cars and aGreyhound bus fall 150 ft. into the water and die.
1980 – In Norco, California, five masked gunman hold up a Security Pacific bank, leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits in California history. Two of the gunmen and one police officer are killed and thirty-three police and civilian vehicles are destroyed in the chase.
1800 – John Brown, American abolitionist (d. 1859)
1918 – Mike Wallace, American journalist (d. 2012)
1936 – Albert Finney, British actor
1940 – James L. Brooks, American film producer and writer
1942 – John Ashcroft, United States Attorney General
1946 – Candice Bergen, American actress
1949 – Billy Joel, American musician
1960 – Tony Gwynn, American baseball player
2012 – Vidal Sassoon, English hairdresser (b. 1928)