This Day in History - November 9

November 9

1780 – British Major James Wemyss attempts to invade Fishdam Ford, South Carolina under the control of General Thomas Sumter, but is instead injured and captured

1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte declares himself dictator of France after a coup

1818 – Russian author, Ivan Turgenev, is born

1841 – Edward VII, King of England who succeeded his mother Victoria in 1901, is born

1848 – The first US Post Office opens in San Francisco, California

1853 – Architect whose designs include Madison Square Garden and Washington Arch, Stanford White, is born

1862 – General Ambrose Burnside assumes command of the Union Army of the Potomac following the removal of George B. McClellan

1872 – A massive fire destroys hundreds of buildings and kills 14 people in Boston

1875 – Indian Inspector E.C. Watkins submits a report to Washington, D.C., that claimed hundreds of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians associated with Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse were hostile to the US. This report initiated a series of events that would eventually lead to the Battle of the Little Big Horn

1886 – Actor and comedian, Ed Wynn, is born

1900 – Russia completes occupation of Manchuria

1901 – President Theodore Roosevelt establishes a naval base in the Philippines at Subic Bay

1906 – President Theodore Roosevelt takes the first foreign trip by a US president, departing for Panama

1914 – The German cruiser Emden is wrecked and forced to beach on a reef on North Keeling Island in the Indian Ocean by the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney

1918 – Germany is proclaimed a republic and the Kaiser flees to the Netherlands

1918 – Vice President to Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew, is born

1923 – Armed policeman and troops crush the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, in what was the first attempt by the Nazi Party at seizing control of the German government

1923 – Poet, novelist, and playwright, James Schuyler, is born

1924 – Photographer, Robert Frank, is born

1928 – Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Anne Sexton, is born

1934 – American astronomer and writer, Carl Sagan, is born

1935 – Shanghai, China is invaded by Japanese troops

1936 – Singer/ songwriter, Mary Travers, is born

1938 – The Kristallnacht, or night of the shattered glass occurs in Germany, where the Nazis kill 35 Jews, arrest thousands and destroy Jewish synagogues, businesses, and homes

1940 – Prime Minister of the UK, Neville Chamberlain dies

1941 – Musician and guitarist, Tom Fogerty, is born

1946 – The second-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the first-ranked Army Cadets play to a historic 0-0 tie at Yankee Stadium in New York

1953 – Saudi Arabian King Ibn Saud dies

1956 – French author and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, denounces the USSR and its communism following its invasion of Hungary

1960 – Robert McNamara becomes president of the Ford Motor Company but will only retain the position for a month, as he left to serve as secretary of defense under President John Kennedy

1965 – Roger Allen LaPorte, a 22-year old former seminarian and member of the Catholic worker movement, immolates himself at the UN in New York City in protest of the Vietnam War

1965 – Nine Northeastern states and parts of Canada lose power in the worst power failure in history due to a switch fails at a station by Niagara Falls. The event is known as the Great Northeast Blackout

1967 – NASA launches Apollo 4 into orbit

1967 – Captain Lance P. Sijan ejects from his McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom jet near Vinh, North Vietnam, and despite broken bones, successfully evaded capture for over six weeks. He eventually collapsed near a road from lack of food and was captured. He was tortured and housed at the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison, where he contracted pneumonia and died. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Gerald Ford post-mortem

1970 – The Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge by the state of Massachusetts regarding the constitutionality of the Vietnam War

1970 – President of France, Charles de Gaulle dies

1970 – American and Canadian actor, singer, songwriter, and wrestler, Chris Jericho is born

1971 – John Emil List shoots and kills his mother, wife, and three children. He managed to stay undercover for 18 years until the show America’s Most Wanted aired, and a viewer tip led to his discovery. He had remarried, relocated to the South and was living under the alias Robert Clark. He was convicted of five counts of murder and received five consecutive life sentences

1972 – The Leakeys discover bones, moving human origins back a million years

1974 – Italian soccer player, Alessandro Del Piero, is born

1983 – Alfred Heineken, beer brewer from Amsterdam, is kidnapped and held for a ransom of over $10 million

1989 – The Berlin Wall is opened after 28 years of dividing the city

1900 – The IRS seizes the assets of country star Willie Nelson, who owed an initial debt of $16.7 million

1993 – Stari Most, a 427-year old bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is destroyed, most likely from artillery fire from Bosnian Croat forces

1994 – The chemical element Darmstadtium, a radioactive synthetic element, is discovered in Darmstadt, Germany

1998 – The largest civil settlement in US history is handed down and 37 brokerage houses are ordered to pay $1.3 billion to NASDAQ investors to compensate for price-fixing

2001 – The Kodak Theatre opens in Hollywood to become the permanent home of the Oscars

2004 – Best-selling Swedish writer, Stieg Larsson, dies

2005 – 10th President of India, KR Narayanan dies

2007 – German Bundestag passes controversial bill mandating storage of citizens’ telecommunications traffic date for six months without probable cause

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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