Today in history – May 9, 2019

1502 – Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain on his fourth and final voyage to the New World.

1887 – Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show opens in London.

1926 – Admiral Richard E. Byrd and Floyd Bennett claim to have flown over the North Pole.

1945 – The final German Instrument of Surrender is signed at the Soviet headquarters in Berlin.

1974 – The House Judiciary Committee opens formal impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon.

1979 – The U.S. and Soviet Union reached a basic accord on the SALT II nuclear arms treaty. The agreement was signed in June but never went into effect.