On this day: May 9

Published: May 08 2013 02:16:02 PM EDT   Updated On: May 09 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

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 - Vidal Sassoon
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2012: Vidal Sassoon, who started out as a hairdresser and became a worldwide success with his chain of hairstyling salons and line of hair care products, dies of leukemia at the age of 84 in Los Angeles, California.

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