Tuesday, December 9, 2008


On this day in …

* 1793, New York City's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster
* 1835, the Republic of Texas captures San Antonio, Texas
* 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in England
* 1861, during the American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress
* 1872, in Louisiana, P. B. S. Pinchback, a Republican, becomes the first serving African-American governor of a U.S. state
* 1917, Field Marshal Edmund Allenby captures Jerusalem
* 1941, China declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy
* 1946, the "Subsequent Nuremberg Trials" began with the "Doctors'
Trial", prosecuting doctors alleged to be involved in human experimentation
* 1961, the trial of Adolf Eichmann, YM"SH, in Israel ends with him being found guilty of 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization
* 1968, NLS (a system for which hypertext and the computer mouse were
developed) is publicly demonstrated for the first time in San Francisco
* 1979, the eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction
* 1987, the First Intifada begins in the Gaza Strip and West Bank
* 1990, Lech Walesa becomes the first directly elected president of Poland
 * 1992, Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. (The couple's divorce became final Aug. 28, 1996.)
* 1998, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee drew up four proposed articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, all stemming from his relationship with Monica Lewinsky and long campaign to cover it up

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