On this Day in History, October 9

Read on to find out what happened on October 9 and made it to the books of history.

  • 1701 – The Collegiate School of Connecticut was chartered in New Haven and later became Yale.
  • 1855 – American inventor Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor.
  • 1876Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson made their longest telephone call to date. It was a distance of two miles.
  • 1926 – The formation of National Broadcasting Corporation.
  • 1934 –  King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was shot and assassinated.
  • 1946 – The first electric blanket went on sale in Petersburg, VA.
  • 1958 – The death of Vatican Pope Pius XII.
  • 1959 – The Conservative Party won a third term of office in the UK, led by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.
  • 1991 – The opening of the play revival “On Borrowed Time”.
  • 1994 – In response to Saddam Hussein sending thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks toward the Kuwaiti border, the U.S. sent troops and warships to the Persian Gulf.
  • 2004 – Afghanistan held its first democratic election, with votes from an estimated 75 percent of the country’s registered voters.
  • 2006 – Google announced the purchase of YouTube for US $1.65 billion in stock.
  • 2006 –  North Korea announced to have carried out its first test of a nuclear weapon, thus becoming the world’s 9th Nuclear Power.
  • 2007 –  Iraq demanded that the US ends its use of private security firm Blackwater within six months.
  • 2008 – World stock markets continued to fall, with no quick solution for the recession.
  • 2009 – U.S. President Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people.”
  • 2009 – NASA launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite.
  • 2011Former Beatles member, Sir Paul McCartney, married American heiress Nancy Shevell at a small ceremony in London.
  • 2012 -After being convicted of forty-five molestation charges former football coach, Jerry Sandusky, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years imprisonment.
  • 2013 New Zealand gave its two islands official Maori names.

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