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9 Dec, 1993 - Space -- Hubble Telescope Repair
December 9th, 1993 : A historic mission to repair the Hubble Telescope has ended and is considered a complete success with Hubble back in action . The repair involved of a number of space walks with the longest made by Story Musgrave and Jeff Hofman spending seven hours and 21 minutes on their final task to unravel the 40 ft solar panels which power Hubble. Find More What happened in 1993
9 Dec, 1963 - U.S.A. -- Studebaker Production Ends
December 9th, 1963 : The last American made Studebaker is produced, and the factory in South Bend, Indiana, is closed
9 Dec, 1990 - Poland -- Lech Walesa
: Solidarity founder Lech Walesa wins Poland's presidential runoff by a landslide
9 Dec, 1992 - England -- Charles Diana Separation
Prince Charles and Princess Diana announce a formal separation
9 Dec, 1901 - Canada -- Military to South Africa
The Canadian Mounted Military was going to supply 600-900 of its troops to help in fighting in the 2nd Boer War, to South Africa. They also would send 900 extra horses.
9 Dec, 1923 - Mexico -- Rebels
Insurgents and government soldiers fought in Vera Cruz. General Sanchez, leading the rebels, took the battle to Tampico near Mexico's oil fields. American troops sailed from New Orleans to Vera Cruz to protect American interests.
9 Dec, 1930 - U.S.A. -- Lettuce Dress
A gorgeous dancer from Hollywood, Billie Stockton, fashioned herself a dress from an entire head of lettuce and played the part of Eve in the garden of Eden. Her backdrop was donated by the Chamber of Commerce. El Centro, where the unusual dress was from is famous for its lettuce
9 Dec, 1947 - India -- Kashmir Not Resolved
Deputy Prime Minister of India, Sandar Valiabbhai Patel announced that for the most part India and Pakistan reached an accord on the division between the two countries. However, the issue of Kashmir had not yet been resolved.
9 Dec, 1959 - Norway -- Ship Sinks
Severe storms in the North Sea sunk a Norwegian freighter and twenty seamen were lost in the ocean. The Norwegian Air-Sea Rescue had three search planes looking for survivors. Seven men from the ship were rescued off of the Scottish coast. Radios were jammed in Norway due to all the emergency calls.
9 Dec, 1968 - Albania -- Chinese Troops
December 9th, 1968 : Diplomats thought that China and Albania have come to a consensus about stationing Chinese troops in Albania to counter Russian aggression.
9 Dec, 1973 - Northern Ireland -- Sunningdale Agreement
: Tripartite talks on Northern Ireland have end with the signing of the Sunningdale Agreement the historic agreement to set up a Council of Ireland. After less than 12 months following strikes and paramilitary involvement the Council of Ireland collapsed and direct rule was imposed.
9 Dec, 1975 - U.S.A. -- New York Bankruptcy
New York City government avoids bankruptcy when President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan authorization to prevent the City from having to default and debt restructuring by the Municipal Assistance Corporation, headed by Felix Rohatyn. The city was also forced to accept increased financial scrutiny by an agency of New York State
9 Dec, 1981 - Sweden -- Soviet Submarine Grounded
A Soviet submarine, stuck in the mud off of Sweden's shores, provided a lot of sport for the pacifist nation. The Soviets had approached Sweden in a menacing manner with warships, however, Swedish authorities insisted on boarding the submarine. In the end the superpower's submarine crew had to ask for Sweden's help to get back to the Baltic Sea - a humbling experience.
9 Dec, 1993 - U.S.A. -- Missiles Destroyed
The US Air Force destroys the first of 500 Minuteman II missile silos marked for elimination under the Soviet / US arms control treaty.
9 Dec, 1994 - U.S.A. -- Joycelyn Elders
President Bill Clinton fires Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders after she tells a conference that masturbation should be discussed in school as a part of human sexuality.
9 Dec, 1999 - England -- Tyson Fight
The British could look forward to a fight between Mike Tyson and Julius Francis on January 29 in the city of Manchester. The British Commonwealth Championship was at stake and it was Tyson's first fight outside America since his defeat by James "Buster" Douglas in Tokyo.
9 Dec, 2002 - U.S.A. -- United Airlines
United Airlines files for bankruptcy protection after losing $4 billion in the previous two years.
9 Dec, 2004 - Canada -- Gay Marriage
Canada's Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is constitutional
9 Dec, 2006 - Afghanistan -- Schools Built
Schools in Afghanistan needed to be rebuilt especially for girls, who under the Taliban, had been deprived of any education. Thirty-seven year old Ben Tupper from DeWitt, a member of the 27 Infantry Brigade, volunteered his time to help with the reconstruction along with sixteen other volunteers from New York.
9 Dec, 2008 - United States -- Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Arrested
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is taken into federal custody at his Chicago
home for trying to trade Obama’s Senate seat . Newspapers say that the action comes
amid allegations that his pay-to-play politics could affect his pending choice
of who will be selected for Barack Obama's
9 Dec, 2009 - Norway -- Mysterious lights in sky over Norway
The Norwegian Metrological Institute has received hundreds of calls from confused
observers, but so far has been unable to
identify the origin of the skylights that have been seen. Some experts have speculated
that the phenomenon might have been
caused by a Russian rocket launch, although the Russian embassy has insisted such
claims are completely unfounded. Neither
meteorologists, astronomers, or the armed forces have offered a solution to the
matter. The light was captured by amateur
photographer while he was on his way to work at a salmon factory. 'The light appeared
for two or three minutes. I could not
believe my eyes, and got the shivers and was quite shaken by it,' he said. Another
observor, who saw the light phenomena
from Sortland in northern Norway, added: 'A large ring appeared, and then spread
out, sending a green beam down to earth.'
9 Dec, 2012 - United Kingdom -- British Astronomer Dies
Sir Patrick Moore, a broadcaster and astronomer, died at the age of eighty-nine. Moore was known for being the longest-running host of the same tv show of all time, having hosted The Sky At Night for more than fifty years.
9 Dec, 2013 - Russia -- State News Agency Replaced
Russian President Vladimir Putin closed the state-run news organization, RIA Novosti, in a surprise decree. He declared that it would be replaced by a new organization called "Russia Today," to be run by Putin supporter Dmitry Kiselev. The Voice of Russia radio station was also closed.
Born This Day In History 9th December
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9th December 1886 Brooklyn, New York
9th December 1956
Manhattan, New York
Known For :
Inventing the Quick Freeze Machine which worked by flash freezing fish to keep the taste ( He had watched the Eskimos freeze the fish and realised the fish kept it's taste ). He was also the founder of the General Seafood Corporation which later became Birds Eye.
9th December 1916 Amsterdam, New York
Known For :
An American actor whose career in the movies was more than 50 years appearing in his first movie The Strange Love of Martha Ivers in 1946. He won many awards in his life including "Lifetime Achievement Oscar Award in 1996". His movies could fill a book but these are just a few of his most well known The Big Trees, Champion, Lonely Are the Brave, The Bad and the Beautiful, Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Lust for Life and Gunfight at the OK Corral. He has four children including Michael Douglas.