On December 9:
John Milton, English poet, was born.
John Dobson, English architect, was born.
Clarence Birdseye, American frozen food manufacturer, was born.
Birdseye’s double belt freezer
Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, , in La Fronde Paris.
1899 New Zealand troops
fired their first shots in the South African war.
Margaret Hamilton, American actress, was born.
France, the law separating church and state is passed.
Gabriel Narutowicz was announced the first president of Poland.
Bob Hawke, 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, was born.
Constituent Cortes approves the constitution which establishes the Second Spanish Republic.
Ashleigh Brilliant, American writer (Pot-Shots), was born.
Judi Dench, English actress, was born.
Beau Bridges, American actor, was born.
Joan Armatrading, St. Kitts-born English singer, was born.
John Malkovich, American actor, was born.
Donny Osmond, American singer and actor, was born.
Nick Seymour, Australian bassist ( Crowded House), was born.
1960 The first episode of Britain’s longest running television
soap opera Coronation Street was broadcast.
Tanganyika became independent from Britain.
Petrified Forest National Park was established in Arizona.
NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were developed) was publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco.
Videoconferencing on NLS
1979 The eradication of the
smallpox virus was certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.
Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland was officially opened.
Lech Wałęsa becomes the first directly elected president of Poland.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.