What Happened On This Day – June 9
1967 Israel captures the Golan Heights from Syria
Israel's occupation of the territory and the establishment of Israeli settlements in the area continue to hamper negotiations to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing Middle East conflict.
1957 Four Austrian climbers become the first to conquer Broad Peak
Fritz Wintersteller, Marcus Schmuck, Kurt Diemberger, and Hermann Buhl reached the 8051 meter high summit of one of the world's highest mountains on the border of Pakistan and China.
1946 Bhumibol Adulyadej is crowned King of Thailand
As of 2014, he is the world's longest reigning head of state, with nearly 70 years on the throne.
1934 Donald Duck makes his film debut in The Wise Little Hen
The short-tempered duck typically wearing a sailor suit is one of Walt Disney's most famous cartoon characters. Donald's first book appearance was in The Adventures of Mickey Mouse, which was published in 1931.
1928 Charles Kingsford Smith completes the world's first trans-Pacific flight
The Australian aviator and his 4-man crew had departed Oakland, California on the morning on May 31. Nine days later, after several stops, they landed safely in Brisbane.
Births On This Day – June 9
1963 Johnny Depp
American actor, singer, producer, director
1961 Michael J. Fox
Canadian/American actor, producer, author
1961 Aaron Sorkin
American screenwriter, producer, playwright
1915 Les Paul
American guitarist, songwriter, co-designed the Gibson Guitar
1891 Cole Porter
Deaths On This Day – June 9
2011 M. F. Husain
Indian painter, director
1974 Miguel Ángel Asturias
Guatemalan journalist, author, poet, Nobel Prize laureate
1923 Princess Helena of the United Kingdom
1870 Charles Dickens