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Born on this Day in History: May 9, 1949 - After a disappointing first album in 1970, singer Billy Joel returned with Street Life Serenade (1974), featuring hits "Piano Man" and "Captain Jack." In the 1980s, Joel married supermodel Christie Brinkley and topped the charts with "Uptown Girl" and "We Didn't Start the Fire." By 1999, his worldwide song sales had topped 100 million and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On this Day in History: May 9, 1950 - L. Ron Hubbard publishes the first edition of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. This follows on the heels of a feature article in the pulp sci-fi magazine Astounding Science Fiction. A book review in the The New Republic describes the work as "a bold and immodest mixture of complete nonsense and perfectly reasonable common sense, taken from long-acknowledged findings and disguised and distorted by a crazy, newly invented terminology." The subsequent movement goes on to become one of the scariest, most powerful pseudo-religious cults in modern history.