What Happened On This Day – July 9
2011 South Sudan becomes the youngest country in the world
The North East African country, formally known as Republic of South Sudan peacefully seceded from Sudan after an independence referendum was passed. Since independence, however, the country has been wrecked with widespread ethnic violence and human rights violations.
1981 Donkey Kong is released by Nintendo
Nintendo's famous character Mario debuted as Jumpman in this popular arcade game.
1962 Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell's Soup Cans make their debut
The Soup Cans were first displayed at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, California, and were instrumental in popularizing Pop Art in the United States.
1958 Lituya Bay megatsunami
A megatsunami, a tsunami whose waves are higher than a normal tsunami, hit Lituya Bay in Alaska, United States, resulting in a wave that was recorded to be 1,720 feet or 516 meters high. This is the highest wave recorded in history.
1877 The first Wimbledon Championship is held
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London hosted the first Wimbledon championship, which was not only the first tennis championship held in England but was also a precursor to grand slam tournaments. 22 men competed in the championship and Spencer Gore became the first person to win the Wimbledon tournament.
Births On This Day – July 9
1959 Kevin Nash
American wrestler, actor
1950 Viktor Yanukovych
Ukrainian politician, 4th President of Ukraine
1947 O. J. Simpson
American football player, actor, author
1932 Donald Rumsfeld
American politician, 13th & 21st United States Secretary of Defense
1858 Franz Boas
Deaths On This Day – July 9
1967 Fatima Jinnah
Pakistani dentist, stateswoman, Leader of the Opposition
Iranian founder of ism
1850 Zachary Taylor
American general, politician, 12th President of the United States
1797 Edmund Burke
Irish politician, philosopher
1737 Gian Gastone de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany