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#OtvFACTS: Today In History [9th December, 2014]



A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred
on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the
areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts,
entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in
Today in History
December 9
536 Having captured Naples earlier in the year, Belisarius
takes Rome.
1861 The U.S. Senate approves establishment of a
committee that would become the Joint Committee on the
Conduct of War.
1863 Major General John G. Foster replaces Maj. Gen.
Ambrose E. Burnside as Commander of the Department of
1867 The capital of Colorado Territory is moved from Golden
to Denver.
1872 P.B.S. Pinchback becomes the first African-American
governor of Louisiana.
1900 The Russian czar rejects Boer Paul Kruger’s pleas for
aid in South Africa against the British.
1908 A child labor bill passes in the German Reichstag,
forbidding work for children under age 13.
1917 The new Finnish Republic demands the withdrawal of
Russian troops.
1940 The British army seizes 1,000 Italians in a sudden
thrust in Egypt.
1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt tells Americans to plan for a long
1948 The United States abandons a plan to de-concentrate
industry in Japan.
1949 The United Nations takes trusteeship over Jerusalem.
1950 President Harry Truman bans U.S. exports to
Communist China.
1950 Harry Gold gets 30 years imprisonment for passing
atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union during World War
1955 Sugar Ray Robinson knocks out Carl Olson to regain
the world middleweight boxing title.
1960 The Laos government flees to Cambodia as the capital
city of Vientiane is engulfed in war.
1990 Lech Walesa is elected president of Poland.
1992 U.S. Marines land in Somalia to ensure food and
medicine reaches the deprived areas of that country.
2008 Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich is arrested on
federal charges, including an attempt to sell the US Senate
seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
Born on December 9
1608 John Milton, British writer and poet (Paradise Lost).
1809 William Barret Travis, commander of the Texas troops
at the battle of the Alamo.
1848 Joel Chandler Harris, writer, creator of the Uncle
Remus tales.
1899 Jean de Brunhoff, illustrator and author, creator of the
Babar series of books.
1906 Grace Hopper, mathematician and computer pioneer.
1912 Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, speaker of the House of
1918 Kirk Douglas, American actor (Spartacus).
1919 William Lipscomb, chemist; awarded Nobel Prize in
1922 Redd Foxx (John Sanford), comedian, actor; best
known for his starring role in the TV series Sanford and Son.
1926 Henry Kendall, particle physicist; shared Nobel Prize in
1928 Dick Van Patten, actor; best known for his role on the
TV series Eight is Enough.
1929 John Cassavetes, actor (The Dirty Dozen), film director,
screenwriter (Faces).
1932 Billy Edd Wheeler, singer, songwriter (“Jackson,”
“Coward of the County”).
1934 Judi Dench (Dame Judith Dench), actress; known to
James Bond fans for her role as M in Bond films beginning
with Golden Eye (1997), her many awards include an
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Chocolat,
1942 Dick Butkus, pro football player; inducted into Pro
Football Hall of Fame, 1979.
1953 John Malkovich, actor (Places in the Heart), producer
(Juno), director, fashion designer.
1963 Masako, Crown Princes of Japan, wife of Crown Prince
Naruhito, heir apparent to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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