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Thursday, January 9, 2014

January 9 - The Day in History

January 9 : General Interest
1493: Columbus mistakes manatees for mermaids

On this day in 1493, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, sailing near the Dominican Republic, sees three "mermaids"--in reality manatees--and describes them as "not half as beautiful as they are painted."... read more

American Revolution
1776 : Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense

1965 : Bond movie features Aston Martin

Civil War
1861 : Star of the West is fired upon

Cold War
1952 : Truman warns of Cold War dangers

1984 : The Hillside Stranglers

1972 : Fire breaks out on Queen Elizabeth

General Interest
1768 : First modern circus is staged
1806 : Nelson buried at St. Paul's Cathedral
1972 : Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire
2007 : Steve Jobs debuts the iPhone

1976 : Stallone starts filming Rocky

1924 : Virginia Woolf buys a house in Bloomsbury

1979 : Pop luminaries gather at the U.N. for the Music for UNICEF concert

Old West
1887 : Record cold and snow decimates cattle herds

1913 : Richard M. Nixon is born

1972 : Laker winning streak comes to an end

Vietnam War
1965 : Support is pledged to civilian government
1967 : U.S. officials try to counter claims of Saigon corruption

World War I
1917 : Battle of Khadairi Bend begins

World War II
1945 : United States invades Luzon in Philippines


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