On This Day

On This Day in History for December 9 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1990 Houston scores most points against Cleveland, Oilers 58, Browns 14

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1990 Lech Wałęsa wins Poland's 1st direct presidential election in Poland

Polish Politician and Labor Activist Lech Wałęsa
Polish Politician and Labor Activist
Lech Wałęsa

United NationsOperation Restore Hope

1992 Operation Restore Hope: US Marines land in Somalia

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A US helicopter flies over Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, during Restore Hope in December 1995
A US helicopter flies over Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, during Restore Hope in December 1995
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  • 1993 Ivory Coast Premier Ouattara resigns
  • 1994 5m meteor 1994 XM1 passes within 100,000 km of Earth
  • 1994 US Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders resigns after comments about masturbation
  • 2003 A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds several more.
  • 2006 Moscow suffers its worst fire since 1977, killing 45 women in a drug rehabitational center.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes, including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2012 13 people are killed and 10 are injured after a bus rolls of a cliff and falls 100 meters in Taiwan
  • 2012 6 people are killed and 41 are injured after a bus plunges 30 metres down a gorge in Guatemala
  • 2012 Incumbent Ghanaian president John Mahama wins the general election amidst allegations of fraud
  • 2012 The Social Liberal Union Party and Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta win by a landslide in the parliamentary elections
  • 2014 CIA Torture Report released, detailing the CIA's use of torture on detainees between 2001-2006
  • 2015 Attack on Kandahar airport by Taliban forces kills at least 37 before Afghan forces retake control
  • 2015 Amazon's best-selling book of the year is "Girl on a Train" by Paula Hawkins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 German Chancellor Angela Merkel named Time Magazine's Person of the Year, for her handling of debt and refugee crises

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 South Korean MPs vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye

1st Female President of South Korea Park Geun-hye
1st Female President of South Korea
Park Geun-hye
  • 2016 Ghanaian Presidential election won by Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party
  • 2016 Mosconi Cup nine-ball pool, London, England: Europe wins 7th consecutive title convincingly beating US, 11-3; MVP: Albin Ouschan (Austria)

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

2017 Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declares victory over the Islamic State in Iraq, ending more than 3 years of convict

Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi
Prime Minister of Iraq
Haider al-Abadi
  • 2017 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Australia after being signed into law by the Governor General
  • 2018 Copa Libertadores Final, Madrid: River Plate beats Boca Juniors 3-1 in extra time (aggregate 5-3); Juan Quintero's stunning extra-time strike helps River come from a goal down to record historic victory over 10-man Boca
  • 2018 Tens of thousands march on Delhi, India, to demand Hindi temple be built on contentious religious site in Ayodhya
  • 2018 Winter storm hits US south east killing three, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, cancelling over 1,000 flights
  • 2018 Armenia's acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wins a snap election with 70.4% of the vote
  • 2019 White Island / Whakaari volcano, a tourist attraction in New Zealand erupts killing 16
  • 2019 US officials "deliberately misled" the public on progress of the Afghanistan war, hid that it was a lost cause, according to The Washington Post analysis of the "Afghanistan Papers"
  • 2019 Chilean Air Force plane lost on flight to Antarctica with presumed loss of 38 lives
  • 2020 United Arab Emirates is the first country to authorize China's Sinopharm vaccine for COVID-19 saying it is 86% effective
  • 2020 Canada approves the Pfizer/ BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19

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