On This Day

What Happened on October 9

Historical Events

  • 768 Charlemagne and his brother Carloman I are crowned Kings of The Franks
  • 1000 Leif Ericson discovers "Vinland" (possibly L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada) reputedly becoming first European to reach North America
  • 1446 The Hangul (Korean) alphabet is first published in Korea by King Sejong the Great
  • 1831 Ioannis Kapodistrias, first Head of State of modern Greece, assassinated in Nafplion
  • 1941 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves an atomic program that would become the Manhattan Project
  • 2006 North Korea conducts its first nuclear test, with an estimated yield of between 0.4-2 kilotons
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Oct 9 in Film & TV

  • 1926 NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) forms

Oct 9 in Music

  • 1986 Stage musical "Phantom of the Opera" premieres in London, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman; runs for 13,629 performances

Oct 9 in Sport

  • 1919 Baseball World Series: Cincinnati Reds beat Chicago White Sox, 10-5 at Comiskey Park for a 5-3 series victory; due to 'Black Sox Scandal' last WS to take place without a Commissioner of Baseball in place
  • 1928 Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat St. Louis Cardinals, 7-3 at Sportsman's Park to become first to sweep consecutive World Series; Babe Ruth hits smashes 3 HRs for Yanks

Did You Know?

American inventor Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor

On October 9, 1855

Would You Believe?

Vajont Dam disaster, landslide creates 50 million cubic metre wave killing around 2,000 in the Piave Valley in Northern Italy

On October 9, 1963

Famous Weddings

  • 1514 King Louis XII of France marries Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VII (sister of Henry VIII)
  • 1901 Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr (27) weds Abby Aldrich in Warwick Neck, Rhode Island
  • 1916 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (21) weds Maxine Gates in Farmington, Utah

Famous Divorces

  • 1973 Elvis & Priscilla Presley divorce after 6 years
  • 1980 Princess Caroline of Monaco divorces Philippe Junot

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