On This Day

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

Events in History

  • 1977 Soyuz 25 launched to Saluyt 6, but returned after failing to dock
  • 1979 Howard Stern begins broadcasting on WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1980 1st consumer use of home banking by computer by United American Bank in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1980 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Czesław Miłosz
  • 1981 Abolition of capital punishment in France.
  • 1982 Attack on synagogue in Rome leaves 1 dead
  • 1983 Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar) bombing: North Korean agents attempt to assassinate South Korean President results in 21 deaths, including 9 South Korean government officials; presidential advisors and security team members; and 3 reporters
  • 1984 Astronaut Kathy Sullivan becomes 1st US woman to walk in space during a Space Shuttle Challenger mission (STS-41-G)
  • 1985 Central Park's Strawberry Fields, dedicated
  • 1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1986 Senate convicted US District Judge Harry E Claiborne making him 5th federal official to be removed from office through impeachment
  • 1987 Japanese bank buys "Lady McGill" stamp for $1,100,000
  • 1988 17% vote for extreme-right Flemish Block in Belgium
  • 1989 Penthouse Magazine's Hebrew edition hits newsstands
  • 1990 David Hackett Souter, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

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1990 Saddam Hussein threatens to hit Israel with a new missile

Iraqi President and Dictator Saddam Hussein
Iraqi President and Dictator
Saddam Hussein

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1991 Bush declares "total confidence" in nominee Clarence Thomas

108th US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
108th US Supreme Court Justice
Clarence Thomas
  • 1991 Ecuador becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • 1992 Great meteorite seen from Kentucky to New York
  • 1992 A 13 kilogram (est.) meteorite lands in the driveway of Knapp residence, Peekskill, New York, destroying family's 1980 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 1994 Austrian parliamentary election (23% extreme-right)
  • 1997 ABL players allowed to own stock in the league
  • 1997 Hurricane kills 123 in Acapulco Mexico
  • 1997 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Italian playwright Dario Fo
  • 1999 The last flight of the US aircraft Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird"
  • 2001 Second mailing of anthrax letters from Trenton, New Jersey in the 2001 anthrax attack
  • 2006 North Korea conducts its first nuclear test, with an estimated yield of between 0.4-2 kilotons
  • 2007 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at an all-time high
  • 2009 First lunar impact of the Centaur and LCROSS spacecrafts as part of NASA's Lunar Precursor Robotic Program

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2012 25,000 people in Athens protest against German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel
  • 2012 Serge Haroche and David Wineland win the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for work on quantum optics

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2012 Women's rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai is shot three times by a Taliban gunman as she tried to board her school bus in Swat district of northwest Pakistan

Human Rights Activist Malala Yousafzai
Human Rights Activist
Malala Yousafzai
  • 2013 60 people are killed in clashes between militias and Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic
  • 2013 Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel win the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on multiscale models for complex chemical systems
  • 2014 Patrick Modiano wins the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature
  • 2014 Gatwick, Heathrow and JFK airports enhance screening for the Ebola virus
  • 2015 The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

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2016 Second US Presidential debate: Hostile confrontation between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Washington University, St. Louis

US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2017 American economist Richard Thaler is awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics
  • 2018 President Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley says she is resigning at the end of the year
  • 2019 Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for development of lithium-ion batteries, Goodenough oldest-ever winner at 97

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2019 Turkey launches airstrikes on Kurdish forces in Northern Syria after US President Donald Trump announces decision to pull back US forces

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 2019 Nearly 1 million people in northern California have their power cut by Pacific Gas and Electric to prevent wildfires amid high winds
  • 2020 The UN's World Food Programme is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

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