9 DECEMBER
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Gustavus Adolphus Sweden, 1594
  • John Milton, 1608
  • Joel Chandler Harris, 1848
  • Clarence Birdseye, 1886
  • Hermione Gingold, 1897
  • Emmett Kelly, 1898
  • Margaret Hamilton, 1902
  • Louis Kronenberger, 1904
  • Dalton Trumbo, 1905
  • Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 1909
  • Broderick Crawford, 1911
  • Lee J. Cobb, 1911
  • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, 1915
  • Kirk Douglas, 1916
  • Redd Foxx, 1922
  • Dina Merrill, 1925
  • Dick Van Patten, 1928
  • John Cassavetes, 1929
  • Buck Henry, 1930
  • Dame Judi Dench, 1934
  • Beau Bridges, 1941
  • Dick Butkus, 1942
  • Joan Armatrading, 1950
  • Donny Osmond, 1953
  • John Malkovich, 1953

Died On This Day:

  • King Malcolm IV Scotland, 1165
  • Emperor Sigismund, 1437
  • Pope Pius IV, 1565
  • Van Dyck, 1641
  • Dame Edith Sitwell, 1964
  • Branch Rickey, 1965
  • Ralph Bunche, 1971
  • Louella Parsons, 1972
  • William Wellman, 1975
  • Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, 1979
  • Vincent Gardenia, 1992
  • Vivian Blaine, 1995
  • Archie Moore, 1998
  • Gene Barry, 2009
  • Eleanor Parker, 2013

Today's Events:

  • 1793 - Noah Webster establishes New York's first daily newspaper, American Minerva.
  • 1813 - Explorer George Evans discovers the Macquarie River in Australia.
  • 1842 - First Christmas card created by William Maw Egley Jr. in England.
  • 1854 - Poet Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' published in the London Examiner.
  • 1884 - Levant Richardson of Chicago receives patent on the ball-bearing roller skate.
  • 1905 - Richard Strauss's opera Salome first performed in Dresden.
  • 1907 - Christmas seals first go on sale in Wilmington, Delaware.
  • 1917 - Jerusalem (under Turkish rule) taken by British under General Allenby; WW1
  • 1940 - Longines Watch Company becomes first advertiser to sponsor FM radio broadcasting.
  • 1941 - China declares war against Japan, Germany and Italy, WWII.
  • 1958 - The John Birch Society organized.
  • 1960 - Long run British soap opera Coronation Street premieres on Granada Television (now ITV). Still playing 2011.
  • 1963 - Studebaker car plant closes in South Bend IN.
  • 1968 - The computer mouse prototype unveiled by inventor Doug Engelbart; red clicker on wooden box.
  • 2001 - Taliban's 5-year rule in Afghanistan comes to official end as Hamid Karzai rides into Kandahar.
  • 2002 - United Airlines files for bankruptcy.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Budoc or Beuzec
  • Gorgonia
  • Leocadia
  • Hipparchus and Philotheus
  • Peter Fourier, and the 7 Martyrs of Samosata

Holiday:

  • Independence Day (1961) and Republic Day (1962) in Tanzania

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • ADVENT SUNDAY, Sunday nearest to feast of Saint Andrew (Nov. 30) whether before or after.
  • CHANUKKA (Jewish Feast of Lights), eight day holiday beginning on 25th day of lunar month Kislev.
  • TSAO CHÜN, Festival of the Kitchen God in China (23rd day of the twelfth moon (or 24th in Kwantung)
  • CH'U HSI, Night of the Thirtieth (29th day of the twelfth moon)
  • KWANZAA - African American Heritage celebrated December 26 - January 1

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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