Today in History, May 9: The pill is born

Highlights of this day in history: The FDA approves the first birth control pill; FCC chief Newton Minow condemns TV programming; Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett fly over the North Pole; Journalist Mike Wallace and singer Billy Joel born. (May 9)

Famous Birthdays

  • 1949 Billy Joel rock vocalist (Pianoman, Capt Jack, Bridge), born in The Bronx, NY
  • 1950 James A Butts, triple jumper (Olympic-silver-1976), born in Los Angeles, Calif
  • 1960 Tony Gwynn, American MLB outfielder (San Diego Padres), born in LA, CA, (d. 2014)
  • 1961 Rene Capo, Pinal del Rio Cuba, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1962 Dave Gahan, Essex, rock vocalist (Depeche Mode-Dreaming of Me)
  • 1978 Aaron Harang, American baseball player
  • 1979 Rosario Dawson, American actress
  • 1985 Jake Long, American football player
Source for birthdays: On This Day

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's a third of the way though the Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation will be in March 2018.