Today in History, English
Today in History, English

138961December 9Event1962 – The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona.
138962December 9Event1965 – Kecksburg UFO incident: A fireball is seen from Michigan to Pennsylvania witnesses report something crashing in the woods near Pittsburgh. In 2005 NASA admits that it examined the object.
138963December 9Event1965 – A Charlie Brown Christmas, first in a series of Peanuts television specials, debuts on CBS.
138964December 9Event1966 – Barbados joins the United Nations.
138965December 9Event1968 – Douglas Engelbart gave what became known as "The Mother of All Demos", publicly debuting the computer mouse, hypertext, and the bit-mapped graphical user interface using the oN-Line System (NLS).
138966December 9Event1969 – U.S. Secretary of State William P. Rogers proposes his plan for a ceasefire in the War of Attrition Egypt and Jordan accept it over the objections of the PLO, which leads to civil war in Jordan in September 1970.
138967December 9Event1971 – The United Arab Emirates join the United Nations.
138968December 9Event1971 – Indo-Pakistani War: The Indian Air Force executes an airdrop of Indian Army units, bypassing Pakistani defences.
138969December 9Event1973 – British and Irish authorities sign the Sunningdale Agreement in an attempt to establish a power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive and a cross-border Council of Ireland.
138970December 9Event1979 – The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.
138971December 9Event1987 – Israeli–Palestinian conflict: The First Intifada begins in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
138972December 9Event1988 – The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland, is officially opened.
138973December 9Event2003 – A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds several more.
138974December 9Event2008 – The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for crimes including attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama's election to the Presidency.
138975December 9Event2013 – At least seven are dead and 63 are injured following a train accident near Bintaro, Indonesia.
138976December 9Birth1447 – Chenghua Emperor of China (d. 1487)
138977December 9Birth1508 – Gemma Frisius, Dutch mathematician and cartographer (d. 1555)
138978December 9Birth1561 – Edwin Sandys, English politician (d. 1629)
138979December 9Birth1571 – Metius, Dutch mathematician and astronomer (d. 1635)
138980December 9Birth1579 – Martin de Porres, Peruvian saint (d. 1639)
138981December 9Birth1594 – Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (d. 1632)
138982December 9Birth1608 – John Milton, English poet and philosopher (d. 1674)
138983December 9Birth1610 – Baldassare Ferri, Italian singer and actor (d. 1680)
138984December 9Birth1652 – Augustus Quirinus Rivinus, German physician and botanist (d. 1723)
138985December 9Birth1667 – William Whiston, English mathematician, historian, and theologian (d. 1752)
138986December 9Birth1717 – Johann Joachim Winckelmann, German archaeologist and historian (d. 1768)
138987December 9Birth1721 – Peter Pelham, English-American organist and composer (d. 1805)
138988December 9Birth1728 – Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi, Italian composer (d. 1804)
138989December 9Birth1745 – Maddalena Laura Sirmen, Italian violinist and composer (d. 1818)
138990December 9Birth1748 – Claude Louis Berthollet, French chemist and academic (d. 1822)

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