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Today in History: Sunday, May 9, 2021

NBC’s “The Golden Girls”, starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, concluded its seven season run in 1992. White, McClanahan and Getty continued as Rose, Blanche and Sophia, respectively, for one more season in CBS spin-off sitcom “The Golden Palace” in 1992-93. Getty then segued as Sophia into “Empty Nest” for its final two seasons from 1993 to 1995. The “Golden Girls” is one one of four sitcoms historically where all of the leading actors won Emmy Wards. The other three are “All in the Family”“Will & Grace” and “Schitt’s Creek.

“Vertigo”, the film noir psychological thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak, opened in theaters in 1958. The story was based on the 1954 novel “D’entre les morts” (“From Among the Dead”) by Boileau-Narcejac.  

“U.S. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day in 1914…Prince Rainer III became monarch of Monaco in 1949…Impeachment hearings begin in 1974 against President Richard M. Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate cover-up…Patty Hearst was let out of jail in 1977…: The first cases of the Ebola Virus in 1994 in the latest outbreak in Gabon, were identified which cause the death of 9 of those infected with the virus…President Barack Obama stated that he supported same-sex couples and believed that they should be able to marry. His announcement of this position marked the first time a sitting US president had publicly been in favor of the controversial topic.