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 - Friday the 13th
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1980: The horror movie "Friday the 13th" premieres in theaters. The film, which is considered to be one of the first "slasher" films, follows a group of teenagers who are murdered one by one while attempting to re-open an abandoned campground. The movie, which was made for $550,000, grossed more than $39.7 million at the box office in the United States and went on to become one of the most profitable slasher films in cinema history. It also spawned a franchise with 10 sequels, including a 2003 crossover film with "A Nightmare on Elm Street" villain Freddy Krueger.


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