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 - Sunshine Skyway Bridge
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State Archives of Florida

1980: The Liberian freighter MV Summit Venture collides with a pier of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Florida's Tampa Bay during a storm, making a 1,400-foot section of the southbound span collapse. Thirty-five people in six cars, a pickup truck and a Greyhound bus fell 150 feet into the water and died. A new bridge was opened in 1987, with the approaches for the original bridge eventually becoming the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, the longest fishing pier in the world.


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