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

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

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Today in History: May 8

Today is Sunday, May 8, the 129th day of 2016. There are 237 days left in the year.

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Today in History: May 7

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Today is Saturday, May 7, the 128th day of 2016. There are 238 days left in the year.

The German dirigible Hindenburg crashes to earth, tail first, in flaming ruins after exploding on May 6, 1937, at the U.S. Naval Station in Lakehurst, N.J. The 1920s and 1930s were the golden age of dirigibles which crossed the Atlantic Ocean in about three days -- faster than a ship. The Hindenburg was the largest airship ever built at 804 feet long and flew up to 85 miles per hour while held aloft by hydrogen, which was highly flammable. The disaster, which killed 36 people after a 60-hour transatlantic flight from Germany, ended regular passenger service by the lighter-than-air airships.  (AP Photo/Murray Becker)

Today in History: May 6

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Today is Friday, May 6, the 127th day of 2016. There are 239 days left in the year.

Czech patriots in Prague, the Nazi stronghold, rose in revolt in an endeavour to wrest the capital from the Germans. After driving the civilians from their houses, S.S. troops engaged in a mass slaughter. Along the highway from Benesov to Prague, anti-tank barricades were built, while German tanks ringed the city. Street fighting ensued, and many patriots were killed. Patriot snipers were posted behind barricades, in cellars, and in attics, pending the arrival of Russian troops. Overwhelmed with emotion, this Czech mother kisses one of the Russian soldiers in Prague, Czech Republic on May 5, 1945, who fought to free her beloved home. (AP Photo)

Today in History: May 5

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Today is Thursday, May 5, the 126th day of 2016. There are 240 days left in the year.

Powerful tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma May 3, 1999 including this storm that was ripping apart Bridge Creek, Okla. The storm packed winds that were measured up to 318 miles per hour at one point. The storms killed 44 people.  (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

Today in History: May 3

Today is Tuesday, May 3, the 124th day of 2016. There are 242 days left in the year.

African National Congress President Nelson Mandela dances with supporters on his arrival to deliver his victory speech in downtown Johannesburg, May 2, 1994. Mandela becomes the first black president in South Africa's history. (AP Photo/John Parkin)

Today in History: May 2

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Today is Monday, May 2, the 123rd day of 2016. There are 243 days left in the year.