Looking Back: May 9…

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Jim Gentile

Jim Gentile

In 1961, Diamond Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles became the first player in baseball history to hit a grand slam in two consecutive innings.

In 1961, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Newton N. Minow gives his Wasteland Speech.

In 1964, Ngo Dinh Can, de facto ruler of central Vietnam under his brother President Ngo Dinh Diem before the family’s toppling, was executed.

In 1969, Carlos Lamarca led the first urban guerrilla action against the military dictatorship of Brazil in São Paulo by robbing two banks.

In 1974, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee opened formal and public impeachment hearings against PresidentRichard Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

In 1977, a fire destroyed the Hotel Polen in Amsterdam, causing 33 deaths and 21 severe injuries.

In 1979, Iranian Jewish businessman Habib Elghanian was executed by firing squad in Tehran, prompting the mass exodus of the once 100,000 member strong Jewish community of Iran.

In 1980, the Liberian freighter MV Summit Venture collided with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay, Fla., making a 1,400-foot section of the southbound span collapse. Thirty-five people in six cars and a Greyhound bus fall 150 feet into the water and die.

In 1980, five masked gunmen held up a Security Pacific bank in Norco, Calif., leading to a violent shoot-out and one of the largest pursuits in California history. Two of the gunmen and one police officer were killed and 33 police and civilian vehicles were destroyed in the chase.

In 1992, Armenian forces captured Shusha, marking a major turning point in the Karabakh War.

In 2001, 129 football fans die in what became known as the Accra Sports Stadium disaster in Ghana. The deaths were caused by a stampede that started after the firing of teargas by police in response to unrest that followed a controversial decision by a referee.

In 2002, the 38-day standoff in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem ended when the Palestinians inside agree to have 13 suspected terrorists among them deported to several different countries.

 

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