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 - James L Brooks
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1940: Filmmaker James L. Brooks, best known for directing the movies "Terms of Endearment," "Broadcast News" and "As Good as It Gets," is born in Brooklyn, New York. Brooks won three Oscars for "Terms of Endearment," including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture, as one of the movie's producers. Before moving into film, he created the TV shows "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Rhoda," "Lou Grant" and "Taxi," and has also served as a writer, producer and actor on "The Simpsons."


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