Thursday, October 9, 2008
2006 North Korean nuclear testing
Saturday, October 9, 2004
Direct elections for president are held for the first time in Afghanistan
. Interim president Hamid Karzai
is eventually declared the winner.
Wednesday, October 9, 2002
Lawrence Lessig argues Eldred v. Ashcroft in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The case challenges retroactive copyright extensions passed by Congress, and potentially affects millions of copyrighted works.
The European Commission of the European Union has announced that ten countries – Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia – have met its criteria for entry, opening the way for an expansion of the EU from 15 member states to 25. The European Parliament has still to consider each candidate individually and the final decision will require the approval of the current member states.
The 2001 anthrax attacks continue as anthrax letters are mailed from Princeton, New Jersey, to Senators Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont.
Thursday, October 9, 1975
Thursday, October 9, 1969
October 12 ndash Days of Rage: In Chicago, the United States National Guard is called in to control demonstrations involving the radical Weathermen, in connection with the Chicago Eight Trial.
Wednesday, October 9, 1963
In northeast Italy, over 2,000 people are killed when a large landslide behind the Vajont Dam
causes a giant wave of water to overtop it.
Uganda becomes independent within the Commonwealth of Nations.
Thursday, October 9, 1958
Wednesday, October 9, 1957
The orbit of the last stage of the R-7 Semyorka rocket (carrying Sputnik I) is first successfully calculated on an IBM 704 computer by teams at The M.I.T. Computation Center and Operation Moonwatch, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
WWII: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin begin a 9-day conference in Moscow to discuss the future of Europe.
The Statute of Westminster Adoption Act formalizes Australian autonomy.
The Mexican government crushes a rebellion in Vera Cruz
Sir William Horwood, London Metropolitan Police Service commissioner, is poisoned by arsenic-filled chocolates.
Saturday, October 9, 1920
Wednesday, October 9, 1918
Landgrave Friedrich Karl of Hessen-Kassel is elected King of Finland.
Thursday, October 9, 1913
Thursday, October 9, 1890
The first brief flight of Clément Ader's steam-powered fixed-wing aircraft "Eole" takes place in Satory, France. It flies uncontrolled approximately
American Civil War ndash Battle of Tom's Brook: Union cavalrymen in the Shenandoah Valley defeat Confederate forces at Tom's Brook, Virginia.
Wednesday, October 9, 1861
Thursday, October 9, 1845
The eminent and controversial Anglican, John Henry Newman, is received into the Roman Catholic Church.
Serfdom is abolished in Prussia by law.
Wednesday, October 9, 1799
Wednesday, October 9, 1776
Wednesday, October 9, 1771
merchant ship "Vrouw Maria
" sinks off the coast of Finland
Captain Raymund Lourens and his crew escape unharmed.
Thursday, October 9, 1760
Russian troops enter Berlin
, but soon withdraw.
Pierre Antoine Motteux
's English translation of the novel "Don Quixote
" is first published. Motteux publishes it under the name "Peter Motteux". While popular among readers, it will eventually come to be known as one of the worst translations of the novel, totally betraying the spirit of Miguel de Cervantes
Robert Walpole enters Parliament and soon makes his name as a spokesman for Whig policy.
The Philharmonic Society ("Academia philharmonicorum") is established in Ljubljana
Saturday, October 9, 1621
The Treaty of Pavia is signed between Spain and Savoy, under which Savoy returns Monferrato to Mantua.
Saturday, October 9, 1604
Monday, September 29, 1544 (Julianian calendar)
The Mongols burn the suburbs of Peking. Roberts, J: History of the World.. Penguin, 1994.
explorers encounter the island of Taiwan
and call it "Ilha Formosa" (Beautiful Island).
French forces under the Dauphin assault Boulogne, but are ultimately unsuccessful.
Gustav I of Sweden signs an alliance with France.
Friday, September 29, 1514 (Julianian calendar)
Friday, September 30, 1446 (Julianian calendar)
Saturday, October 1, 1390 (Julianian calendar)
Ko Cheng succeeds Che Bong Nga as King of Cha (now eastern Vietnam).
Templo Mayor, the main temple of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City), is built.
Mahmud succeeds Sandaki as Mansa of the Mali Empire.
The Ottomans take Philadelphia, the last Byzantine enclave of any significance in Anatolia.
Sikandar But-shikan succeeds Sikandar Shah as Sultan of Kashmir
Thursday, October 2, 1264 (Julianian calendar)
King Alfonso X the Wise recapture the town of Jerez de la Frontera in Spain from the Muslims.
Friday, October 2, 1192 (Julianian calendar)
The Third Crusade ends. Richard I of England and Saladin negotiate visiting rights for pilgrims to come to the Holy City of Jerusalem.
Prince Yaroslav Vladimirovich of Novgorod burns down Tartu and Otepää Castles in Estonia.
Sunday, October 3, 1003 (Julianian calendar)
The construction of Brihadeeswarar temple, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, starts. Chola Dynasty, Early Medieval period.