On This Day

What Happened on December 9

Important Events

  • 536 Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the old capital to its empire
  • 1212 Frederick II (later also Holy Roman Emperor) crowned King of Germany in Mainz

Dec 9 in Film & TV

  • 1960 1st broadcast of "Coronation Street" on British ITV

Dec 9 in Music

  • 1964 John Coltrane's Quartet records their greatest work "A Love Supreme" at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Dec 9 in Sport

  • 1978 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does

Did You Know?

Alfred Tennyson's poem "Charge of the Light Brigade" is published in "The Examiner"

On December 9, 1854

Would You Believe?

The first traffic lights are installed outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.

On December 9, 1868

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