Today in History
December 9
536Having captured Naples earlier in the year, Belisarius takes Rome.
1861The U.S. Senate approves establishment of a committee that would become the Joint Committee on the Conduct of War.
1863Major General John G. Foster replaces Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside as Commander of the Department of Ohio.
1867The capital of Colorado Territory is moved from Golden to Denver.
1872P.B.S. Pinchback becomes the first African-American governor of Louisiana.
1900The Russian czar rejects Boer Paul Kruger's pleas for aid in South Africa against the British.
1908A child labor bill passes in the German Reichstag, forbidding work for children under age 13.
1917The new Finnish Republic demands the withdrawal of Russian troops.
1940The British army seizes 1,000 Italians in a sudden thrust in Egypt.
1941Franklin D. Roosevelt tells Americans to plan for a long war.
1948The United States abandons a plan to de-concentrate industry in Japan.
1949The United Nations takes trusteeship over Jerusalem.
1950President Harry Truman bans U.S. exports to Communist China.
1950Harry Gold gets 30 years imprisonment for passing atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union during World War II.
1955Sugar Ray Robinson knocks out Carl Olson to regain the world middleweight boxing title.
1960The Laos government flees to Cambodia as the capital city of Vientiane is engulfed in war.
1990 Lech Walesa is elected president of Poland.
1992U.S. Marines land in Somalia to ensure food and medicine reaches the deprived areas of that country.

Born on December 9
1608John Milton, British writer and poet (Paradise Lost).
1809William Barret Travis, commander of the Texas troops at the battle of the Alamo.
1848Joel Chandler Harris, writer, creator of the Uncle Remus tales.
1899Jean de Brunhoff, illustrator and author, creator of the Babar series of books.
1906Grace Hopper, mathematician and computer pioneer.
1912Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, speaker of the House of Representatives.
1918Kirk Douglas, American actor (Spartacus).

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