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9/9/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - September 9

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Today in History in 1543 Mary Stuart at nine months old was crowned Queen of Scots; in 1839 John Herschel takes his first glass plate photograph; and in 1908 Orville Wright makes his first one hour airplane flight in Fort Myer, Va.

Our On This Day in history archives contains over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1543 - Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned "Queen of Scots" in the central Scottish town of Stirling.
  • 1776 - Congress officially renames the country as the United States of America (Was the United Colonies)
  • 1830 - Charles Durant, 1st US aeronaut, flies a balloon from Castle Garden, NYC to Perth Amboy, NJ
  • 1839 - John Herschel takes 1st glass plate photograph
  • 1861 - Nurse Sally Tompkins is officially commissioned as an officer (and its only woman officer) by the Confederate US Army
  • 1862 - Robert E. Lee splits his army & sends Jackson to capture Harpers Ferry
  • 1908 - Orville Wright makes 1st 1-hr airplane flight, Fort Myer, Va.
  • 1956 - Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the 1st time
  • 1966 - The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act is signed into law by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • 1987 - Nolan Ryan strikes out his 4,500th batter

Famous Birthdays

  • 1828 - Leo Tolstoy [Lev Nikolayevich], Russian novelist (War and Peace), born in Yasnaya Polyana, Russia
  • 1887 - Alf (Alfred) Landon, (R-Ks) American politician and Presidential candidate (1932, 1936). Dies 1987
  • 1890 - Harland Sanders, Henryville Ind., colonel/CEO (Kentucky Fried Chicken), (d. 1980)
  • 1966 - Adam Sandler, actor/comedian (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Saturday Night Live), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1975 - Michael Bublé, Canadian singer and actor
  • 1980 - Michelle Williams, Kalispell, Montana, actress (Dawson's Creek)

Famous Weddings

  • 1770 - Founding Father of America Robert R. Livingston (23) weds John Steven's daughter Mary Stevens
  • 1979 - Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens) weds Fouzia Ali at Kensington Mosque
  • 1995 - Chynna Phillips weds William Baldwin
  • 1995 - Ice Skater Nancy Kerrigan (25) weds her agent Jerry Solomon (41)
  • 2004 - 'N Sync singer Joey Fatone (27) weds Kelly Baldwin (27) at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York
  • 2006 - Tennis player Iva Majoli (29) weds local businessman Stipe Marić
  • 2007 - Country music artist Joe Nichols (30) weds Heather Singleton (30) at Whitfield Chapel in Savannah, Georgia
  • 2012 - "Gossip Girl" actress Blake Lively (25) weds "Green Lantern" actor Ryan Reynolds (35) at Boone Hall in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Famous Deaths

  • 1513 - James IV, King of Scots (1488-1513), dies in battle at 40
  • 1876 - American Horse, Sioux chief, dies in battle
  • 1976 - Mao Zedong, Chinese revolutionary & Chairman of the Communist Party of China (1949-76), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1999 - Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (b. 1946)
  • 2014 - Denny Miller, American actor, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 80

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