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 - Lena Horne
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2010: Singer, actress and dancer Lena Horne dies of heart failure at the age of 92 in New York City. Horne started out as a nightclub singer at the age of 16 before moving to Hollywood and signing a contract with MGM in 1943, becoming the first black performer to sign a long-term contract with a major studio. She appeared in movies such as "Cabin in the Sky" and "Stormy Weather" before being blacklisted for her left-leaning political views. She then returned to nightclub singing, took part in the March on Washington in August 1963, and found work on television, all while releasing well-received record albums. Horne, seen here in a 1961 publicity photo, returned to the screen three more times: in the 1969 film "Death of a Gunfighter," in the 1978 musical "The Wiz" and the 1994 MGM retrospective "That's Entertainment! III."


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