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On this day in history - September 9

What Happened On This Day – September 9

  • 2015 Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest reigning British monarch

    She broke the record set by Queen Victoria, who ascended to the throne on June 20, 1837, and reigned for 63 years, 7 months and 2 days.

  • 2007 Manuel Noriega's sentence in the United States ends

    Manuel Noriega, former military ruler of Panama, was released after 17 years of imprisonment in the US. He was imprisoned on charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, and racketeering.

  • 2001 Unix Billennium is Celebrated

    Unix time or Unix epoch, POSIX time or Unix timestamp, is a time system that measures the number of seconds since midnight UTC of January 1, 1970, not counting leap seconds. At 01:46:40 UTC on September 9, 2001, Unix time reached the billionth second timestamp.

  • 1991 Tajikistan Declares its Independence from the Soviet Union

    The Central Asian country had been conquered by Russia in the late 19th century. In 1929, the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic was created as a constituent republic of the Soviet Union. Independence in 1991 came after the collapse of the USSR.

  • 1948 Kim Il-sung Establishes North Korea

    After the Second World War, the Korean peninsula had been divided across the 38th parallel. The northern part was occupied by the Soviets while the south was occupied by the Americans. The Cold War impeded unification and on October 9, 1948, Kim Il-sung declared the creation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea with the support of the USSR.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
September 9

  • 1975 Michael Bublé

    Canadian singer-songwriter, actor

  • 1960 Hugh Grant

    English actor, producer

  • 1941 Otis Redding

    American singer-songwriter, producer

  • 1890 Colonel Sanders

    American businessman, founded KFC

  • 1828 Leo Tolstoy

    Russian author

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Deaths On This Day,
September 9

  • 2003 Edward Teller

    Hungarian/American physicist

  • 2001 Ahmad Shah Massoud

    Afghan commander

  • 1978 Jack Warner

    Canadian/American film producer

  • 1976 Mao Zedong

    Chinese military leader, politician

  • 1087 William the Conqueror

    King of England, Duke of Normandy