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 HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.