On this day: May 9

POSTED: 11:16 AM PDT May 08, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 08, 2016 

Ben Franklin prints his "Join, or Die" political cartoon, the FDA approves the first oral contraceptive, impeachment hearings for President Nixon begin, and "Golden Girls" airs its final episode, all on this day.

OTD May 9 - Tenzing Norgay
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1986: Tenzing Norgay, the Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer who accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on the first confirmed ascent to the summit of Mount Everest in 1953, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 71 in Darjeeling, India. Norgay, whose birth name was Namgyal Wangdi, is seen here with Hillary in 1971.


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