On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1972 Retired passenger liner Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire in Hong Kong harbour
  • 1972 British coal miners begin a national strike, the first for half a century
  • 1973 Luna 21 launched, to Moon
  • 1975 600 employees of Royal Canadian Mint go on strike

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1976 Ringo Starr releases "Oh My My" in UK

Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr
Beatles Drummer
Ringo Starr
  • 1978 Commonwealth of Northern Marianas established
  • 1979 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to WS Merwin
  • 1979 High-school player Daryl Moreau makes 126th consecutive free throws
  • 1979 Supreme Court strikes down (6-3) PA law requiring doctors performing an abortion to try to preserve lives of potentially viable fetuses
  • 1980 63 beheaded in Mecca, Saudi Arabia
  • 1981 Francisco Balsamao elected President of Portugal
  • 1982 5.9 earthquake in New England & Canada; 1st since 1855
  • 1982 Steve D'Innocenzo scores 3 hockey goals in 12 sec in Mass HS game

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1983 British PM Margaret Thatcher visits Falkland Islands

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
  • 1984 EAA moves operations to Oshkosh
  • 1986 After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.

  • 1987 Chinese Vietnamese border fights, 1,500 killed
  • 1987 New Nicaraguan constitution takes effect

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1988 August Wilson's "Piano Lesson" premieres in Boston

Playwright August Wilson
August Wilson
  • 1990 64th US manned space mission STS 32 (Columbia 10) launches into orbit
  • 1990 US Supreme Court strikes down Dallas' ordinance imposing strict zoning on sexually oriented businesses
  • 1991 Baker & Aziz meet in Geneva; talks fail to defuse gulf crisis
  • 1992 Alison Halford, Assistant Chief Constable of Merseyside Police (Britain's most senior policewoman) is suspended after allegations of misconduct
  • 1994 14th United Negro College Fund raises $11,000,000
  • 1994 Gunda Niemann skates world record (167.282 pts)
  • 1994 Rintje Ritsma skates world record (156.201 points)
  • 1995 Ecuador & Peru involved in boundary fight
  • 1995 Worker accidentally cuts electrical wires at Newark Airport
  • 1997 After 5 days missing, Tony Bullimore rescued alive after his boat capsized in Southern Ocean
  • 1998 Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov spacewalk record 3 hrs 8 mins
  • 1998 Decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid is returned
  • 2001 Shenzhou 2, an unmanned Chinese spacecraft, is launched.
  • 2005 The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, commonly known as the Naivasha Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement rebel group in Naivasha, Kenya.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2005 Elections are held to replace Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestine Liberation Organization. He is succeeded by Rawhi Fattouh.

Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat
Palestinian Leader
Yasser Arafat

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2007 Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs announces the iPhone

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs
Apple Co-founder
Steve Jobs
  • 2014 5 people are killed in a Mitsubishi Materials chemical plant, Yokkaichi, Japan
  • 2014 Taliban suicide car bomb assassinates senior police officer Chaudhry Aslam and kills three others in Pakistan, Pakistan
  • 2018 Former White House strategist Steve Bannon leaves Breitbart News after his criticism of the White House in "Fire and the Fury" book
  • 2018 The first same-sex marriages take place in Australia after legislation passed a month ago

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2018 President Trump cancels program allowing 200,000 San Salvadoreans temporary status to live in the US

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2018 Mudslides sweep away 100 houses in Montecito, California, killing at least 20, on land stripped bare by recent fires
  • 2019 Car manufacture Hyundai unveils a model of a proposed walking car, for first responders, in Las Vegas
  • 2019 US President Donald Trump makes Oval Office address live on TV over government shutdown and border wall
  • 2019 California's monarch butterfly count drops by 86% according to 2018 census
  • 2021 Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 crashes in the Java Sea just after take off from Jakarta, Indonesia, killing all 62 on board
  • 2021 China places two cities, Shijiazhuang and Xingtai, under lockdown after over 130 cases of COVID-19 reported

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