On This Day

What Happened on October 9

Important 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 alphabet is published in Korea
  • 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
More Historical Events

Oct 9 in Film & TV

  • 1926 NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) forms

Oct 9 in Music

  • 1986 "Phantom of the Opera" premieres in London, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman

Oct 9 in Sport

  • 1919 Reds beat White Sox, 5 games to 3 in 16th World Series. This series is known as black sox scandal as 8 White Sox throw series
  • 1928 NY Yankees sweep Cards in 25th World Series, become 1st to sweep consecutive World Series; Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs in game

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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