History of 9 October
1914 – During World War I, German forces captured Antwerp, Belgium.
1919 – The Cincinnati Reds won the World Series. The win would be later tainted when 8 Chicago White Sox were charged with throwing the game. The incident became known as the “Black Sox” scandal.
1930 – Aviator Laura Ingalls landed in Glendale, CA, to complete the first solo transcontinental flight across the U.S. by a woman.
1935 – “Cavalcade of America” was the first broadcast on CBS radio.
1936 – The first generator at Boulder Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles, CA. The name of the dam was later changed to Hoover Dam.
1940 – St. Paul’s Cathedral in London was bombed by the Nazis. The dome was unharmed in the bombing.
1943 – “Land of the Lost” debuted on ABC radio.
1946 – “The Iceman Cometh” opened in New York City, NY.
1946 – The first electric blanket went on sale in Petersburg, VA.
1947 – The Broadway show, “High Button Shoes”, opened.
1975 – Andrei Sakharov was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Soviet scientist is known as the “father of the hydrogen bomb.”
1983 – Helen Moss joined the Brownies at the age of 83. She became the oldest person to become a member.
1986 – U.S. District Judge Harry E. Claiborne became the fifth federal official to be removed from office through impeachment. The U.S. Senate convicted Claiborne of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
1986 – Joan Rivers debuted her new “The Late Show” on the FOX network.
1986 – The musical “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber opened in London.
1989 – The official Soviet news agency Tass reported an unidentified flying object. The report included a trio of tall aliens that had visited the city of Voronezh.
1991 – The play revival “On Borrowed Time” opened.
1994 – The U.S. sent troops and warships to the Persian Gulf in response to Saddam Hussein sending thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks toward the Kuwaiti border.
1995 – Saboteurs tinkered with a stretch of railroad track in Arizona. An Amtrak train derailed killing one and injuring a hundred.
2000 – Brett Hull (Dallas Stars) scored his 611th National Hockey League (NHL) goal. The goal allowed him to pass his father, Bobby Hull, on the all time scoring list bringing him to number 9.
2003 – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II knighted Roger Moore and made Sting a CBE (Commander of the British Empire).
2009 – NASA launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). On November 13, it was announced that water had been discovered in the planned impact plume on the moon.
2012 – Pakistani Taliban attempt to assassinate outspoken schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.
2016 – The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army launches its first attack on Myanmar security forces along the Bangladesh–Myanmar border.
2019 – Turkey begins its northern Syria Rojava offensive.
Celebrating Birthday Today
- 1981 – Zachery Ty Bryan, American actor
- 1981 – Darius Miles, American basketball player
- 1983 – Stephen Gionta, American ice hockey player
- 1983 – Farhaan Behardien, South African cricketer
- 1983 – Jang Mi-ran, South Korean weightlifter
- 1983 – Andreas Zuber, Austrian race car driver
- 1985 – David Plummer, American swimmer
- 1986 – Derek Holland, American baseball player
- 1986 – Laure Manaudou, French swimmer
- 1986 – Stephane Zubar, French footballer
- 1987 – Samantha Murray, English tennis player
- 1987 – Bill Walker, American basketball player
- 1988 – David Tyrrell, Australian rugby league player
- 1989 – Russell Packer, New Zealand rugby league player
- 1990 – Kevin Kampl, German-Slovene footballer
- 1991 – Tyson Frizell, Australian-Welsh rugby league player
- 1993 – Ani Amiraghyan, an Armenian tennis player
- 1993 – Lauren Davis, an American tennis player
- 1993 – Jayden Hodges, Australian rugby league player
- 1993 – Scotty McCreery, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
- 1993 – Wesley So, Filipino-American chess grandmaster
- 1996 – Bella Hadid, American model