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 - Join or Die
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1754: Ben Franklin's political cartoon "Join, or Die," showing a divided snake, is first published in the Pennsylvania Gazette. The now iconic image showed a snake cut into eight pieces, each labeled with the initials of a colony or region and became a symbol of colonial freedom during the American Revolutionary War.


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