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On This Day: What happened on 9 December?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today. Every day is worth remembering.

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 9 December, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.


1990 | Lech Wałęsa, a Charismatic leader of Polish workers and winner of the Nobel Peace prize in 1983, was elected as the president of Poland.

2016 | South Korean President Park Geun-hye was impeached by the National Assembly. The first South Korean President who was elected democratically to be removed from office.

1897 | First feminist newspaper, “La Fronde” founded by Marguerite Durand was published for the first time in Paris.

1941 | President of the Chinese Republic, Lin Sen declared war against Japan, Germany, and Italy.

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1892 | Four league title winners, Newcastle United was founded on this day.

1994 | The United States Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders resigned over comments about masturbation and drugs.

2016 | Ghananian presidential election won by Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition party, New Patriotic Party (NPP) by defeating his main opponent John Mahama.


1979 | The first televangelists and American Archbishop, Fulton J. Sheen, 84.

1980 | American female pilot and the first woman to break the sound barrier on 18 May 1953. She was part of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) established in 1941, Jacqueline Cochran, 74.

1963 | American Professor at Harvard University and founder of the field of American studies known for his famous book “The New England Mind: The Seventeenth Century in 1939“, Perry Miller, 58.

2020 | The Italian national team player leading Italy to win the 1982 FIFA World Cup title, Paolo Rossi, 64.


1994 | TikTok star and primary school teacher, Caleb Finn.

1982 | South African model and 2005 FHM-South Africa’s Sexiest Woman In The World, Lee-Anne Liebenberg.

1922 | South African anti-apartheid activist, journalist and politician charged with treason and prisoned, Sonia Bunting.

1946 | Indian politician and president of the Indian National Congress, Sonia Gandhi.


2012 | Manny Pacquiao was knocked out by Juan Manuel Márquez in the sixth round for the WBO light welterweight title in Las Vegas.

1984 | South Africa’s Kevin Curren was defeated by Sweden’s Mat Wilander 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2 and won his second Australian title on this day.

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2017 | “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” premiered for the first time in Los Angeles on this day directed by Rian Johnson.


South Africa is home to the largest green canyon on the earth located in Mpumalanga also known as Blyde River Canyon.

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