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December 9 Historical Events

The following events took place on December 9. The list is arranged in chronological order.

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  • 480
    Odoacer, first King of Italy, occupies Dalmatia. He later establishes his political power with the co-operation of the Roman Senate.
  • 536
    Gothic War: The Byzantine general Belisarius enters Rome unopposed; the Gothic garrison flee the capital.
  • 730
    Battle of Marj Ardabil: The Khazars annihilate an Umayyad army and kill its commander, Al-Jarrah Ibn Abdallah Al-Hakami.
  • 1425
    The Catholic University of Leuven is founded.
  • 1531
    The Virgin of Guadalupe first appears to Juan Diego at Tepeyac, Mexico City.
  • 1775
    American Revolutionary War: British troops lose the Battle of Great Bridge, and leave Virginia soon afterward.
  • 1793
    New York City’s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster.
  • 1824
    Patriot forces led by General Antonio José de Sucre defeat a Royalist army in the Battle of Ayacucho, putting an end to the Peruvian War of Independence.
  • 1835
    Texas Revolution: The Texian Army captures San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1851
    The first YMCA in North America is established in Montreal.
  • 1856
    The Iranian city of Bushehr surrenders to occupying British forces.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1872
    In Louisiana, P. B. S. Pinchback becomes the first serving African-American governor of a U.S. state.
  • 1875
    The Massachusetts Rifle Association, “America’s Oldest Active Gun Club”, is founded.
  • 1888
    Statistician Herman Hollerith installs his computing device at the United States War Department.
  • 1897
    Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper La Fronde in Paris.
  • 1905
    In France, the law separating church and state is passed.
  • 1911
    A mine explosion near Briceville, Tennessee, kills 84 miners despite rescue efforts led by the United States Bureau of Mines.
  • 1917
    World War I: Field Marshal Allenby captures Jerusalem, Palestine.
  • 1922
    Gabriel Narutowicz is elected the first president of Poland.
  • 1931
    The Constituent Cortes approves a constitution which establishes the Second Spanish Republic.
  • 1935
    Walter Liggett, American newspaper editor and muckraker, is killed in a gangland murder.
  • 1935
    The Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, later renamed the Heisman Trophy, is awarded for the first time. The winner is halfback Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago.
  • 1937
    Second Sino-Japanese War: Battle of Nanking – Japanese troops under the command of Lt. Gen. Asaka Yasuhiko launch an assault on the Chinese city of Nanjing (Nanking).
  • 1940
    World War II: Operation Compass – British and Indian troops under the command of Major-General Richard O'Connor attack Italian forces near Sidi Barrani in Egypt.
  • 1941
    World War II: The Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, and the Philippine Commonwealth, declare war on Germany and Japan.
  • 1941
    World War II: The American 19th Bombardment Group attacks Japanese ships off the coast of Vigan, Luzon.
  • 1946
    The “Subsequent Nuremberg trials” begin with the “Doctors’ trial”, prosecuting physicians and officers alleged to be involved in Nazi human experimentation and mass murder under the guise of euthanasia.
  • 1946
    The Constituent Assembly of India meets for the first time to write the Constitution of India.
  • 1950
    Cold War: Harry Gold is sentenced to 30 years in jail for helping Klaus Fuchs pass information about the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union. His testimony is later instrumental in the prosecution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

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