Today in History: Dec. 9

0


UNDATED(AP) Saturday, Dec. 9, is the 343rd day of 2017.

  • Highlight in History:
    • On Dec. 9, 1892, Widowers’ Houses, Bernard Shaw’s first play, opened at the Royalty Theater in London.
  • On this date:
    • In 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s famous poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” was published in England.
    • In 1917, British forces captured Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks.
    • In 1935, the Downtown Athletic Club of New York honored college football player Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago with the DAC Trophy, which later became known as the Heisman Trophy.
    • In 1940, British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa during World War II.
    • In 1942, the Aram Khachaturian ballet Gayane, featuring the surging “Sabre Dance,” was first performed by Russia’s Kirov Ballet.
    • In 1958, the anti-communist John Birch Society was formed in Indianapolis.
    • In 1962, the Petrified Forest in Arizona was designated a national park.
    • In 1965, Nikolai V. Podgorny replaced Anastas I. Mikoyan as chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, a job he would hold for almost 12 years.
    • Also in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas, the first animated TV special featuring characters from the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, premiered on CBS.
    • In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan-authorization that officials of New York City and State said would prevent a city default.
    • In 1984, the five-day-old hijacking of a Kuwaiti jetliner that claimed the lives of two Americans ended as Iranian security men seized control of the plane, which was parked at Tehran airport.
    • In 1987, the first Palestinian intefadeh, or uprising, began as riots broke out in Gaza and spread to the West Bank, triggering a strong Israeli response.
    • In 1992, Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. The couple’s divorce became final in Aug. 1996.
  • Ten years ago:
    • A young man once affiliated with a missionary school shot nine people at the school near Denver and a megachurch in Colorado Springs; four of the victims died and the gunman killed himself.
    • A British Columbia pig farmer accused of being Canada’s worst serial killer was convicted of six counts of second-degree murder; he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years.
  • Five years ago:
    • U.S. special forces rescued an American doctor captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan; a Navy SEAL, Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, was killed during the rescue of Dr. Dilip Joseph.
    • Same-sex couples in Washington state began exchanging vows just after midnight under a new state law allowing gay marriage.
    • Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera, 43, and six others were killed in a plane crash in northern Mexico.
  • One year ago:
    • The White House said President Barack Obama had ordered intelligence officials to conduct a broad review of election-season cyberattacks, including the email hacks that rattled the presidential campaign and raised fresh concerns about Russia’s meddling in U.S. elections.
    • South Korean lawmakers impeached President Park Geun-hye over an explosive corruption scandal, a stunning and swift fall for the country’s first female leader.
  • Birthdays:
    • Actor Kirk Douglas is 101.
    • Actor-writer Buck Henry is 87.
    • Actress Dame Judi Dench is 83.
    • Actor Beau Bridges is 76.
    • Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus is 75.
    • Comedian-songwriter Neil Innes is 73.
    • Actor Michael Nouri is 72.
    • Former Sen. Thomas Daschle, D-SD, is 70.
    • World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Kite is 68.
    • Singer Joan Armatrading is 67.
    • Actor Michael Dorn is 65.
    • Actor John Malkovich is 64.
    • Country singer Sylvia is 61.
    • Singer Donny Osmond is 60.
    • Rock musician Nick Seymour (Crowded House) is 59.
    • Comedian Mario Cantone is 58.
    • Actor David Anthony Higgins is 56.
    • Actor Joe Lando is 56.
    • Actress Felicity Huffman is 55.
    • Crown Princess Masako of Japan is 54.
    • Country musician Jerry Hughes (Yankee Grey) is 52.
    • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, is 51.
    • Rock singer-musician Thomas Flowers (Oleander) is 50.
    • Rock musician Brian Bell (Weezer) is 49.
    • Rock singer-musician Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers) is 48.
    • TV personality-businessperson Lori Greiner (TV: Shark Tank) is 48.
    • Country musician Brian Hayes (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 48.
    • Actress Allison Smith is 48.
    • Songwriter and former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi is 47.
    • Country singer David Kersh is 47.
    • Actress Reiko Aylesworth is 45.
    • Rock musician Tre Cool (Green Day) is 45.
    • Rapper Canibus is 43.
    • Actor Kevin Daniels is 41.
    • Actor-writer-director Mark Duplass is 41.
    • Rock musician Eric Zamora (Save Ferris) is 41.
    • Rock singer Imogen Heap is 40.
    • Actor Jesse Metcalfe is 39.
    • Actor Simon Helberg is 37.
    • Actress Jolene Purdy is 34.
    • Actor Joshua Sasse is 30.
    • Actress Ashleigh Brewer is 27.
    • Olympic gold and silver medal gymnast McKayla Maroney is 22.
  • Thought for the day:
    • “All sins are attempts to fill voids.” — Simone Weil, French philosopher (1909-1943).
Share.