On May 9, 1994, South Africa's newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president.

Today in History: May 9

Inside the story: Photo gallery

Today is Monday, May 9, the 130th day of 2016. There are 236 days left in the year.

Mercury Sun Transit

Mercury makes rare move across the sun

For the first time in 10 years, Mercury passed directly between the Earth and sun on Monday, resembling a black dot against the vast, glowin…