On December 9:
1608 John Milton, English poet, was born.
1787 John Dobson, English architect, was born.
1886 Clarence Birdseye, American frozen food manufacturer, was born.
Birdseye’s double belt freezer
1897 Activist Marguerite Durand founds the feminist daily newspaper, La Fronde, in Paris.
1899 New Zealand troops fired their first shots in the South African war.
1902 Margaret Hamilton, American actress, was born.
1905 In France, the law separating church and state is passed.
1922 Gabriel Narutowicz was announced the first president of Poland.
1929 Bob Hawke, 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, was born.
1931 The Constituent Cortes approves the constitution which establishes the Second Spanish Republic.
1933 Ashleigh Brilliant, American writer (Pot-Shots), was born.
1934 Dame Judi Dench, English actress, was born.
1941 Beau Bridges, American actor, was born.
1950 Joan Armatrading, St. Kitts-born English singer, was born.
1953 John Malkovich, American actor, was born.
1957 – Donny Osmond, American singer and actor, was born.
1958 Nick Seymour, Australian bassist (Crowded House), was born.
1960 The first episode of Britain’s longest running television soap opera Coronation Street was broadcast.
1961 Tanganyika became independent from Britain.
1962 The Petrified Forest National Park was established in Arizona.
1968 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.
1988 The Michael Hughes Bridge in Sligo, Ireland was officially opened.
1990 Lech Wałęsa becomes the first directly elected president of Poland.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.