What Happened On This Day – September 9
2015 Queen Elizabeth 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 October 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.
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
Deaths On This Day – September 9
2003 Edward Teller
2001 Ahmad Shah Massoud
1978 Jack Warner
Canadian/American film producer
1976 Mao Zedong
Chinese military leader, politician
1087 William the Conqueror
King of England, Duke of Normandy