Today in History: May 9

Today in History: May 9

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1502

Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his final trip to the New World.

1754

The first newspaper cartoon in America appears.

1813

U.S. troops under William Henry Harrison take Fort Meigs from British and Canadian troops.

1859

Threatened by the advancing French army, the Austrian army retreats across the River Sesia in Italy.

1864

Union General John Sedgwick is shot and killed by a Confederate sharpshooter during fighting at Spotsylvania. His last words are: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist--"

1915

German and French forces fight the Battle of Artois.

1936

Fascist Italy captures the city of Addis Abba, Ethiopia and annexes the country.

1941

The German submarine U-110 is captured at sea along with its Enigma machine by the Royal Navy.

1946

King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy abdicates his throne and is replaced by Umberto I.

1962

A laser beam is successfully bounced off the moon for the first time.

1974

The House Judiciary Committee begins formal hearings on Nixon impeachment.