What Happened on September 9

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Important Events

  • 1000 Battle of Svolder, Baltic Sea: King Olaf on board the Long Serpent defeated in one of the greatest naval battles of the Viking Age.
  • 1776 Congress officially renames the country as the United States of America (Was the United Colonies)
  • 1817 Alexander Twilight, probably first African American to graduate from a US college, receives BA degree at Middlebury College
  • 1914 First fully mechanized unit in the British Army created - the Canadian Automobile Machine Gun Brigade (WWI)
  • 1993 Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization exchange letters of mutual recognition
  • 2001 Terrorist organisation Al Qaeda crashes 2 hijacked planes into the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:46am, causing the 2 110-story towers to collapse, killing 2,996 (2,977 victims + 19 hijackers)
  • 2015 Queen Elizabeth II becomes Great Britain's longest-reigning monarch at 63 years and seven months, beating the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria
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  • 1972 Soviet Union beats the United States 51-50 in the most controversial game in international basketball history; with US leading 50-49 the final 3 seconds is replayed 3 times until the Soviets finally win

Did You Know?

Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned "Queen of Scots" in the central Scottish town of Stirling

On September 9, 1543


Would You Believe?

Nurse Sally Tompkins is officially commissioned as an officer (and its only woman officer) by the Confederate US Army

On September 9, 1861

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