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Sunday 9 December 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Anna's Day, marks the day to start the preparation process of the lutefisk to be consumed on Christmas Eve, as well as a Swedish name day, celebrating all people named Anna. (Sweden and Finland)
  • Armed Forces Day (Peru)
  • Fatherland's Heroes Day (Russia)
  • Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Tanganyika from Britain in 1961. (Tanzania)
  • National Heroes Day, formerly V.C. Bird Day. (Antigua and Barbuda)
  • Navy Day (Sri Lanka)

Events

  • 1992 – American troops land in Somalia for Operation Restore Hope.
  • 1987 – Israeli–Palestinian conflict: The First Intifada begins in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
  • 1979 – The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.
  • 1965 – A Charlie Brown Christmas, first in a series of Peanuts television specials, debuts on CBS.
  • 1965 – 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.
  • 1960 – The first episode of Coronation Street, the world's longest-running television soap opera, is broadcast in the United Kingdom.
  • 1958 – The John Birch Society is founded in the United States.
  • 1946 – The Constituent Assembly of India meets for the first time to write the Constitution of India.
  • 1941 – World War II: The American 19th Bombardment Group attacks Japanese ships off the coast of Vigan, Luzon.
  • 1935 – The Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, later renamed the Heisman Trophy, is awarded for the first time. The winner is halfback Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago.
  • 1935 – Walter Liggett, American newspaper editor and muckraker, is killed in a gangland murder.
  • 1922 – Gabriel Narutowicz is elected the first president of Poland.
  • 1917 – World War I: Field Marshal Allenby captures Jerusalem, Palestine.
  • 1911 – A mine explosion near Briceville, Tennessee, kills 84 miners despite rescue efforts led by the United States Bureau of Mines.
  • 1892 – English soccer club Newcastle United is founded
  • 1875 – The Massachusetts Rifle Association, "America's Oldest Active Gun Club", is founded.
  • 1872 – In Louisiana, P. B. S. Pinchback becomes the first African-American governor of a U.S. state.
  • 1861 – American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1851 – The first YMCA in North America is established in Montreal.
  • 1835 – Texas Revolution: The Texian Army captures San Antonio, Texas.
  • 1824 – Patriot forces led by General Antonio José de Sucre defeat a Royalist army in the Battle of Ayacucho, putting an end to the Peruvian War of Independence.
  • 1793 – New York City's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster.
  • 1775 – American Revolutionary War: British troops lose the Battle of Great Bridge, and leave Virginia soon afterward.
  • 1531 – The Virgin of Guadalupe first appears to Juan Diego at Tepeyac, Mexico City.
  • 1425 – The Catholic University of Leuven is founded.
  • 480 – Odoacer, first King of Italy, occupies Dalmatia. He later establishes his political power with the co-operation of the Roman Senate.

Births

  • 1996 – MyKayla Skinner, American gymnast
  • 1995 – McKayla Maroney, American gymnast
  • 1987 – Hikaru Nakamura, Japanese-American chess player
  • 1987 – Mat Latos, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Leon Hall, American football player
  • 1982 – Ryan Grant, American football player
  • 1981 – Mardy Fish, American tennis player
  • 1980 – Simon Helberg, American actor, comedian, and musician
  • 1979 – Olivia Lufkin, Japanese-American singer-songwriter
  • 1978 – Jesse Metcalfe, American actor and musician
  • 1977 – Shayne Graham, American football player
  • 1976 – Chris Booker, American baseball player
  • 1974 – Canibus, Jamaican-American rapper
  • 1974 – Wendy Dillinger, American soccer player, coach, and manager
  • 1973 – Bárbara Padilla, Mexican-American soprano
  • 1972 – Michael Corcoran, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1972 – Reiko Aylesworth, American actress
  • 1972 – Tré Cool, German-American drummer and songwriter
  • 1971 – Nick Hysong, American pole vaulter and coach
  • 1970 – Kara DioGuardi, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1970 – Lance Krall, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1969 – Jakob Dylan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1969 – Lori Greiner, American businesswoman
  • 1968 – Brent Price, American basketball player
  • 1968 – Brian Bell, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1967 – Joshua Bell, American violinist and conductor
  • 1966 – Kirsten Gillibrand, American lawyer and politician
  • 1965 – Joe Ausanio, American baseball player and coach
  • 1964 – Michael Foster, American drummer
  • 1962 – Felicity Huffman, American actress and producer
  • 1962 – Roxanne Swentzell, Santa Clara Pueblo (Native American) ceramic sculptor
  • 1961 – David Anthony Higgins, American actor and screenwriter
  • 1960 – Juan Samuel, Dominican-American baseball player and manager
  • 1960 – Stefen Fangmeier, American visual effects designer and director
  • 1960 – Terry Moran, American journalist
  • 1957 – Donny Osmond, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor
  • 1957 – Steve Taylor, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1955 – Otis Birdsong, American basketball player and radio host
  • 1954 – Phil Bryant, American academic and politician, 63rd Governor of Mississippi
  • 1953 – John Malkovich, American actor and producer
  • 1953 – World B. Free, American basketball player
  • 1949 – Tom Kite, American golfer and architect
  • 1947 – Tom Daschle, American soldier, academic, and politician
  • 1946 – Dennis Dunaway, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1945 – Michael Nouri, American actor
  • 1944 – Bob O'Connor, American businessman and politician, 57th Mayor of Pittsburgh (d. 2006)
  • 1944 – Ki Longfellow, American author, playwright, and producer
  • 1942 – Dick Butkus, American football player, sportscaster, and actor
  • 1942 – Joe McGinniss, American journalist and author (d. 2014)
  • 1941 – Beau Bridges, American actor, director, and producer
  • 1941 – Dan Hicks, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2016)
  • 1938 – David Houston, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1993)
  • 1938 – Deacon Jones, American football player, sportscaster, and actor (d. 2013)
  • 1934 – Junior Wells, American blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player (d. 1998)
  • 1933 – Ashleigh Brilliant, English-American author and illustrator
  • 1933 – Milt Campbell, American decathlete and football player (d. 2012)
  • 1933 – Morton Downey, Jr., American singer-songwriter, actor, and talk show host (d. 2001)
  • 1933 – Orville Moody, American golfer (d. 2008)
  • 1932 – Bill Hartack, American jockey (d. 2007)
  • 1932 – Billy Edd Wheeler, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and playwright
  • 1932 – Donald Byrd, American trumpet player and academic (d. 2013)
  • 1931 – Paddi Edwards, English-American actress (d. 1999)
  • 1931 – William Reynolds, American actor
  • 1930 – Buck Henry, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1929 – John Cassavetes, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1989)
  • 1928 – Dick Van Patten, American actor (d. 2015)
  • 1928 – Joan Blos, American author and educator
  • 1926 – Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, photographer, and mountaineer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1999)
  • 1926 – Lorenzo Wright, American sprinter and coach (d. 1972)
  • 1925 – Roy Rubin, American basketball player and coach (d. 2013)
  • 1922 – Redd Foxx, American actor (d. 1991)
  • 1919 – William Lipscomb, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2011)
  • 1917 – James Jesus Angleton, American CIA agent (d. 1987)
  • 1917 – James Rainwater, American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1986)
  • 1916 – Jerome Beatty, Jr., American soldier, journalist, and author (d. 2002)
  • 1916 – Kirk Douglas, American actor, singer, and producer
  • 1915 – Eloise Jarvis McGraw, American author (d. 2000)
  • 1914 – Frances Reid, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1912 – Jim Turnesa, American golfer (d. 1971)
  • 1912 – Tip O'Neill, American lawyer and politician, 55th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d. 1994)
  • 1911 – Broderick Crawford, American actor (d. 1986)
  • 1909 – Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., American captain, actor, and producer (d. 2000)
  • 1906 – Grace Hopper, American admiral and computer scientist, designed COBOL (d. 1992)
  • 1905 – Dalton Trumbo, American author, screenwriter, and blacklistee (d. 1976)
  • 1904 – Robert Livingston, American actor and singer (d. 1988)
  • 1902 – Margaret Hamilton, American schoolteacher, actress and voice artist (d. 1985)
  • 1900 – Albert Weisbord, American activist, founded the Communist League of Struggle (d. 1977)
  • 1898 – Emmett Kelly, American clown and actor (d. 1979)
  • 1889 – Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish-American runner (d. 1966)
  • 1887 – Tim Moore, American actor (d. 1958)
  • 1886 – Clarence Birdseye, American businessman, founded Birds Eye (d. 1956)
  • 1883 – Joseph Pilates, German-American fitness expert, developed Pilates (d. 1967)
  • 1882 – Elmer Booth, American actor (d. 1915)
  • 1876 – Berton Churchill, Canadian-American actor and singer (d. 1940)
  • 1875 – Harry Miller, American engineer (d. 1943)
  • 1871 – Joe Kelley, American baseball player and manager (d. 1943)
  • 1850 – Emma Abbott, American soprano and actress (d. 1891)
  • 1845 – Joel Chandler Harris, American journalist and author (d. 1908)
  • 1787 – John Dobson, English architect, designed Eldon Square and Lilburn Tower (d. 1865)
  • 1779 – Tabitha Babbitt, American tool maker and inventor (d. ca. 1853)
  • 1721 – Peter Pelham, English-American organist and composer (d. 1805)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Norman Breslow, American statistician and academic (b. 1941)
  • 2014 – Jane Freilicher, American painter and poet (b. 1924)
  • 2014 – Mary Ann Mobley, American model and actress, Miss America 1959 (b. 1937)
  • 2014 – Sacvan Bercovitch, Canadian-American author, critic, and academic (b. 1933)
  • 2013 – Eleanor Parker, American actress (b. 1922)
  • 2013 – John Gabbert, American soldier, lawyer, and judge (b. 1909)
  • 2013 – John Wilbur, American football player (b. 1943)
  • 2012 – Alex Moulton, English engineer and businessman, founded the Moulton Bicycle Company (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (b. 1927)
  • 2012 – Jenni Rivera, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (b. 1969)
  • 2012 – Norman Joseph Woodland, American inventor, co-created the bar code (b. 1921)
  • 2012 – Riccardo Schicchi, Italian director and producer, co-founded Diva Futura (b. 1953)
  • 2010 – James Moody, American saxophonist, flute player, and composer (b. 1925)
  • 2009 – Gene Barry, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2007 – Gordon Zahn, American sociologist, author, and academic (b. 1918)
  • 2006 – Georgia Gibbs, American singer (b. 1919)
  • 2005 – György Sándor, Hungarian-American pianist and educator (b. 1912)
  • 2005 – Robert Sheckley, American author (b. 1928)
  • 2003 – Norm Sloan, American basketball player and coach (b. 1926)
  • 2003 – Paul Simon, American soldier, journalist, and politician, 39th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois (b. 1928)
  • 2002 – Ian Hornak, American painter and sculptor (b. 1944)
  • 2002 – Stan Rice, American painter and poet (b. 1942)
  • 1998 – Archie Moore, American boxer and actor (b. 1913)
  • 1996 – Patty Donahue, American singer-songwriter (b. 1956)
  • 1995 – Douglas Corrigan, American pilot (b. 1907)
  • 1995 – Toni Cade Bambara, American author and academic (b. 1939)
  • 1992 – Vincent Gardenia, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 1991 – Berenice Abbott, American photographer (b. 1898)
  • 1982 – Leon Jaworski, American lawyer and politician (b. 1905)
  • 1979 – Fulton J. Sheen, American archbishop (b. 1895)
  • 1975 – William A. Wellman, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1896)
  • 1972 – Louella Parsons, American writer and columnist (b. 1881)
  • 1971 – Ralph Bunche, American political scientist, academic, and diplomat, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1970 – Artem Mikoyan, Armenian-Russian engineer and businessman, co-founded the Mikoyan Company (b. 1905)
  • 1968 – Enoch L. Johnson, American mob boss (b. 1883)
  • 1965 – Branch Rickey, American baseball player and manager (b. 1884)
  • 1963 – Perry Miller, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1905)
  • 1944 – Laird Cregar, American actor (b. 1913)
  • 1935 – Walter Liggett, American journalist and activist (b. 1886)
  • 1930 – Rube Foster, American baseball player and manager (b. 1879)
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