This day in history

Thursday, May 9, is the 129th day of 2013. There are 236 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Albert Finney is 77. Actress-turned-politician Glenda Jackson is 77. Producer-director James L. Brooks is 76. Singer Tommy Roe is 71.Actress Candice Bergen is 67. Singer Billy Joel is 64. Actor John Corbett is 52. Actress Rosario Dawson is 34.

In 1712, the Carolina Colony was officially divided into North Carolina and South Carolina.


In 1962, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology succeeded in reflecting a laser beam off the surface of the moon.

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In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee opened public hearings on whether to recommend the impeachment of President Nixon.

In 1980, 35 people were killed when a freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, causing a 1,400-foot section of the southbound span to collapse.

In 2003, a camouflage-clad gunman fired hundreds of rounds as he roamed the halls of Case Western Reserve University’s business school in Cleveland, killing one person (Biswanath Halder was later sentenced to life in prison).