On This Day

What Happened on June 9

Important Events

  • 68 Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging
  • 721 Odo of Aquitaine defeats the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse
  • 1549 Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England
  • 1815 End of the Congress of Vienna: New European political situation is set
  • 1856 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa, and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts
  • 1977 Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain celebrated with fireworks
  • 1997 British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong expires
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June 9 in Film & TV

  • 1934 1st appearance of Donald Duck in a cartoon, "The Wise Little Hen"

June 9 in Music

  • 1924 "Jelly-Roll Blues" is recorded by blues great Jelly Roll Morton

June 9 in Sport

  • 1973 105th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 2:24, becoming the 1st Triple Crown winner in 25 years

Did You Know?

1st Automat restaurant opens (818 Chestnut St, Philadelphia)

On June 9, 1902

Would You Believe?

The Harvard Corporation, the more powerful of the two administrative boards of Harvard, is established. First legal corporation in the Americas.

On June 9, 1650

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 1977 George & Patti Harrison divorce
  • 2009 Elizabeth Watson (39) divorces MLB home run record holder Barry Bonds (44) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage
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