ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: check out our top happenings on May 9 throughout history...

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1671 - Thomas “Captain” Blood stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London.

1785 - Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle.

1926 - Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to fly an airplane over the North Pole.

1940 - Vivien Leigh debuted in America on stage in “Romeo and Juliet” with Lawrence Olivier.

1960 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved for sale an oral birth-control pill for the first time.

1962 - A laser beam was successfully bounced off Moon for the first time.

1974 - The House Judiciary Committee began formal hearings on the Nixon impeachment.

1978 - The bullet-riddled body of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was found in an automobile in the center of Rome. The Red Brigades had abducted him.

1994 - Nelson Mandela was chosen to be South Africa’s first black president.

2002 - In Bahrain, people were allowed to vote for representatives for the first time in nearly 30 years. Women were allowed to vote for the first time in the country’s history.