On This Day in History for July 9

Events in History

  • 455 Roman military commander Avitus is proclaimed emperor of the Western Roman Empire
  • 660 Battle of Hwangsanbeol: At Nonsan, China a 50,000 strong Silla force led by general Kim Yu-shin annihilate the army of Baekje and kill their leader general Gyebaek
  • 711 Berbers under Tarik-ibn Ziyad occupy North Spain
  • 1357 Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor assists laying the foundation stone of Charles Bridge in Prague
  • 1371 Pope Gregory XI names Arnold II of Horne as bishop of Utrecht
  • 1386 Battle at Sempach: Swiss beat duke Leopold III of Austria
  • 1401 Turko-Mongol ruler Tamerlane (Timur) destroys Baghdad, killing 20,000
  • 1517 Gelderse crowd robber murders population of Asperen
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Weddings in History

  • 1735 Author, poet, critic and lexicographer and writer of the first English dictionary Dr. Samuel Johnson (25) marries the widow Elizabeth "Tetty" Porter, 21 years his senior
  • 1842 American writer "The Scarlett Letter" Nathaniel Hawthorne (38) marries painter and illustrator Sophia Peabody (33) in the Peabody's home, Boston
  • 1988 "Facts of Life," Lisa Whelchel weds Steve Cauble

Divorces in History

  • 1540 English King Henry VIII annuls his 6 month marriage to his 4th wife Anne of Cleves, on the grounds of non-consummation and her pre-contract to Francis of Lorraine

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