On This Day

What Happened on November 9

Important Events

  • 1494 Piero the Unfortunate of the de' Medici family, ruler of Florence, loses his power and flees the state
  • 1799 Napoleon Bonaparte pulls off a coup and becomes the dictator of France under the title of First Consul
  • 1980 Iraqi President Saddam Hussein declares holy war against Iran
  • 1994 Darmstadtium, Chemical element 110, discovered at GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research near Darmstadt, Germany
  • 1998 Brokerage houses are ordered to pay 1.03 billion USD to NASDAQ investors to compensate for price-fixing - largest civil settlement in US history
  • 2020 Drugmakers BioNTech and Pfizer announce their COVID-19 vaccine to be over 90% effective in a first look at the results from their phase 3 trial involving nearly 44,000 people
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Nov 9 in Film & TV

  • 1984 Wes Craven's horror film "A Nightmare on Elm Street" premieres in the US

Nov 9 in Music

  • 1858 1st performance of NY Symphony Orchestra

Nov 9 in Sport

Did You Know?

Jack Ripper's 5th and probably last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, found on her bed

On November 9, 1888

Would You Believe?

The first U.S. design patent for typefaces and borders was issued to George Bruce of New York City

On November 9, 1842

Famous Weddings

  • 1887 Anna Mary Robertson (27), later to become painter known as Grandma Moses, weds Thomas Salmon Moses in New York
  • 1899 US Admiral of the Navy George Dewey (61) weds Mildred McLean Hazen at the rectory St. Paul's Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.
  • 1931 Actress Gloria Swanson (32) weds Michael Farmer

Famous Divorces

  • 1931 Actress Gloria Swanson (32) divorces aristocrat Henri de la Falaise (33) after 6 years of marriage
  • 1968 Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (26) divorces first wife Marlynn Myers after 4 years of marriage
  • 2004 Hotel heiress and fashion model Nicky Hilton (21) divorces businessman Todd Andrew Meister (33) due to bi-coastal relationship after nearly 3 months of marriage

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