Mean Temp 15.7°C 60.26 °F at Taegu
May 9, 1950 (Tuesday)
- France's Foreign Minister Robert Schuman presented his proposal for France and West Germany to work together on the production of coal and steel, "under a common High Authority in an organization open to the other countries of Europe". Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg would join France and West Germany in creating the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) on April 18, 1951. The "Schuman Declaration", is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union and May 9 is celebrated annually as "Europe Day".
- L. Ron Hubbard first published Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health.
- In Bentonville, Arkansas, businessman Sam Walton signed a 99-year lease on a run-down department store, after having been forced to close his successful Ben Franklin franchise in Newport when the building owner would not renew a lease there. Walton would build on his business into a chain of stores that became Wal-Mart.
- Died: Esteban Terradas i Illa, 66, Spanish mathematician