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On May the 9th
1994 
Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president.
1978 
Prime Minister of Italy, Aldo Moro, was assassinated by the terrorist group, Red Brigades.
1949 
American musician, Billy Joel, was born in the Bronx, New York.
1936 
British actor, Albert Finney, was born in Manchester, England.
1928 
English engineer, Colin Chapman, was born in London, England. He was on of the most innovative automobile engineers of the world, whose ideas and concepts can still be seen in the industry. He was the founder of the sports cars company Lotus.
1903 
French painter, Paul Gauguin, died at the age of 55 in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. He is probable the most influential painter of the post-Impressionist era.
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