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List of December 9th Major News Events

  1. 1993 Space -- Hubble Telescope Repair
  2. 1963 Studebaker Production Ends
  3. 1990 Solidarity founder Lech Walesa wins Poland's election
  4. 1992 England -- Charles Diana Separation
  5. 1973 Northern Ireland -- Sunningdale Agreement
  6. 2008 Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Arrested

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1993 Space -- Hubble Telescope Repair

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

1963 U.S.A. -- Studebaker Production Ends

1963 : The last American made Studebaker is produced, and the factory in South Bend, Indiana, is closed

1990 Poland -- Lech Walesa

1990 : Solidarity founder Lech Walesa wins Poland's presidential runoff by a landslide

1992 England -- Charles Diana Separation

Prince Charles and Princess Diana announce a formal separation

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.

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.

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Clarence Birdseye

Born: 9th December 1886 Brooklyn, New York

Died: 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.

Kirk Douglas

Born: 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.

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

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.

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.

1968 Albania -- Chinese Troops

1968 : Diplomats thought that China and Albania have come to a consensus about stationing Chinese troops in Albania to counter Russian aggression.

1973 Northern Ireland -- Sunningdale Agreement

1973 : 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

From our 1922 Fashions Page

Khaki Riding Suit 1922 Khaki Riding Suit
Price: $7.75

Splendid quality two-piece riding habit, made of a very excellent grade of cotton khaki cloth. Outfit consists of attractive tailored coat in smart semi-fitted belted style, and separate breeches. Breeches fasten at both sides and hips. Legs are finished at bottom with eyelets and fasten with laces.

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From our 1923 Ladies Hats Page

Feather Toque 1923 Feather Toque
Price: $3.75

The snappiest feather toque designed in many a season. In comfortable size to fit almost any head and especially becoming. Selected coque feathers pasted all over the top and into the clever flat trailing effect at side. Many bright colored ostrich flues scattered in for contrast. Narrow silk faced duvetyn brim.

2002 U.S.A. -- United Airlines

United Airlines files for bankruptcy protection after losing $4 billion in the previous two years.

2004 Canada -- Gay Marriage

Canada's Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is constitutional

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.

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 Senate seat.

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.'

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.

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.

From 1920 Fashions Page Page

  • Twenties Dainty Dress Up Frock

    1920's Dainty Dress Up Frock Dainty Dress Up Frock
    Price: $15.49

    20's style Dainty dress-up frock of beautifully patterned richly colored silk and cotton crepe with the appearance of silk georgette. Waist blouses over a soft, gray silk taffeta ribbon girdle with side bow, and shows taffeta ribbon ruche and gilt braid at neck. Side-draped skirt.

  • Women's Bathing Suit

    1920s Women's Bathing Suit Women's Bathing Suit
    Price: $4.95

    Women's bathing suit of extra good quality, lustrous black sateen. Wide skirt; popular sleeveless model. Black lacing over the white vestee is a new style feature.