Today in History for 9th December 2023

Historical Events

1856 – The Iranian city of Bushehr surrenders to occupying British forces.
1907 – First Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington, Delaware, post office)
1958 – Robert W. Welch Jr and 11 other men meet in Indianapolis to form the conservative and anti-Communist John Birch Society
1961 – “Let It Ride” closes at Eugene O’Neill Theater NYC after 68 performances
1970 – OPEC meeting in Caracas establishes 55 percent as minimum tax rate and demands that posted prices be changed to reflect changes in foreign exchange rates
1973 – Sunningdale Agreement in Northern Ireland

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Famous Birthdays

1717 – Johann Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art), born in Stendal, Prussia (d. 1768)
1901 – Carol Dempster, American actress, born in Duluth, Minnesota (d. 1991)
1933 – Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2012)
1954 – Jack Sonni, American guitarist (Dire Straits, 1985-88), born in Indiana, Pennsylvania (d. 2023)
1957 – Donny Osmond, American singer (Osmond Brothers, Donnie and Marie), born in Ogden, Utah
1958 – Rikk Agnew, American guitarist (The Adolescents), born in Newport Beach, California

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Famous Deaths

1437 – Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1410-37), dies at 70
1971 – Ralph Bunche, American diplomat, UN delegate and 1st person of color to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1950), dies at 67
1975 – William A. Wellman, American director (Ox Bow Incident), dies at 79
1982 – Joey Forman, American actor (Sid Caesar Show, Joey Bishop Show), dies at 53
1996 – Anne Bolt, photo-journalist and trade unionist, dies at 84
2007 – Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer, dies at 76

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