What Happened on July 9

Significant 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
  • 1868 Tennessee and South Carolina are 1st to ratify the 14th Amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing civil rights
  • 1893 Daniel Hale Williams III repairs the torn pericardium of a knife wound patient, James Cornish, without penicillin or blood transfusion
  • 1917 British battleship HMS Vanguard explodes at Scapa Flow (the result of an internal explosion of faulty cordite), killing 804
  • 1971 Henry Kissinger visits the People's Republic of China to negotiate a detente between the US and China
  • 2002 The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The first chairman is Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa.
  • 2017 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi proclaims victory over Islamic State forces in Mosul
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July 9 in Film & TV

  • 2001 "The Office" mockumentary created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, starring Ricky Gervais and Martin Freeman premieres on BBC Two in the UK

July 9 in Music

  • 1955 Bill Haley & Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" tops the billboards chart, one of the best-selling singles ever

July 9 in Sport

  • 1877 First ever Wimbledon tennis championship begins - first offical lawn tennis tournament - men's singles only

Did You Know?

1st natural gas well in US is discovered

On July 9, 1815


Would You Believe?

Michael Fagan breaks into Buckingham Palace and enters the Queen's bedroom in Buckingham Palace, London

On July 9, 1982

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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