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This Day in History – December 9, 2011

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1640 – Settler Hugh Bewitt banished from Massachusetts colony when he declares himself to be free of original sin 1762 – British parliament accept Treaty of Paris 1793 – Noah Webster establishes New York’s 1st daily newspaper, American Minerva 1835 – The Texian Army captures San Antonio, Texas. 1854 – Lord Tennyson’s poem, “Charge of the Light Brigade” published 1872 – In Louisiana, P. B. S. Pinchback becomes the first serving African-American governor of a U.S. state. 1875 – The Massachusetts Rifle Association, “America’s Oldest Active Gun Club”, is founded. 1888 – Statistician Herman Hollerith installs his computing device at the United States War Department. 1905 – In France, the law separating church and state is passed. 1909 – 1st US monoplane flown (Henry W Walden, Long Island NY) 1911 – A mine explosion near Briceville, Tennessee, kills 84 miners in spite of rescue efforts led by the United States Bureau of Mines. 1950 – Harry Gold is sentenced to 30 years in jail for helping Klaus Fuchs pass information about the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union. His testimony is later instrumental in the prosecution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. 1953 – General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired 1961 – The trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Israel ends with verdicts of guilty on 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization. 1961 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs New York 1962 – The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona. 1963 – Frank Sinatra Jr is kidnapped 1965 – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premieres 1965 – The Kecksburg UFO incident: a fireball is seen from Michigan to Pennsylvania; witnesses report something crashing in the woods near Pittsburgh. In 2005 NASA admits that it examined the object. 1967 – Lyndon Johnson’s daughter Lynda marries in the White House 1975 – President Gerald Ford signs $2.3 Billion loan-authorization for NYC 1979 – The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction. 1981 – Philadelphia Police Department officer Daniel Faulkner is killed during a routine traffic stop; Mumia Abu-Jamal is later convicted for it and he goes on to become “perhaps the world’s best known death-row inmate” before his sentence is commuted to life without parole in December 2011. 1985 – Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive game receptions 1985 – Phoenix AZ, gets 3″ of snow 1987 – Larry Bird, ends streak of 59 consecutive free throws 1990 – Lech Walesa wins presidential election in Poland 1992 – Cincinnati Red owner Marge Schott apologizes for racist remarks 1992 – Prince Charles & Princess Diana separation announced by British PM, John Major 1994 – Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders resigns after masturbation comments 2000 – The Supreme Court of the United States stays the sixth Florida recount. 2003 – A blast in the center of Moscow kills six people and wounds several more. 2008 – The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency.]]]]> ]]>

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