What Happened on July 9th

Historical Events

  • 1401 Turko-Mongol ruler Tamerlane (Timur) destroys Baghdad, killing 20,000
  • 1790 Russo-Swedish War: Second Battle of Svensksund - in the Baltic Sea, the Swedish Navy captures one third of the Russian fleet.
  • 1893 Daniel Williams performs 1st successful open heart surgery without anesthesia
  • 1917 British battleship Vanguard explodes at Scapa Flow (the result of an internal explosion of faulty cordite), killing 804
  • 2002 The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.
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Did You Know?

First ever Wimbledon tennis championship begins - first offical lawn tennis tournament - men's singles only

On July 9, 1877

Famous Weddings

  • 1735 Author, poet, critic and lexicographer and writer of the first English dictionary Dr. Samuel Johnson (25) marries the widow Elizabeth "Tetty" Porter, 21 years his senior.
  • 1842 American writer "The Scarlett Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne (38) marries painter and illustrator Sophia Peabody (33) in the Peabody's home, Boston
  • 1952 American educator, Presbyterian minister and TV host Fred Rogers (24) weds Sara Joanne Byrd
  • 1952 Country singer June Carter Cash (23) weds singer Carl Smith (25)
  • 1966 Major League Baseball pitcher Tom Seaver (21) weds Nancy Lynn McIntyre

Famous Divorces

  • 1540 English King Henry VIII annuls his 6 month marriage to his 4th wife Anne of Cleves, on the grounds of non-consummation and her pre-contract to Francis of Lorraine
  • 2007 Former contestant on "The Apprentice" and beauty queen Jennifer Murphy (28) divorces "Extreme Makeover" Bill Dorfman (48) due to irreconcilable differences after 1 year of marriage
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