On This Day In History, 9 January

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World Events Today

  • Horatio Nelson’s state funeral was held today in 1806 in London, he was interred in the crypt at Saint Paul’s Cathedral
  • The construction of the Aswan dam, across the Nile in Egypt, began today in 1960
  • The UK Miners strike began today in 1972, it ran for 7 weeks, ending on the 28th February

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American Western television series Rawhide, starring Clint Eastwood, aired for the first time today in 1959
  • The Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky, who played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League, was selected by Hockey News, as the best NHL player ever today in 1998
  • Michael Jackson, “The King Of Pop”, won the Artist of the Century award today in 2002

Family Events Today

  • The American politician Richard Nixon, who served as the 37th President of the United States, from 1969 until 1974, was born today in 1913 in California
  • James Patrick Page, better known as the English musician Jimmy Page, was born today in 1944, he was guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin
  • The English satirist and comedian Peter Cook, died today in 1995 aged 57

Main Event Today

  • Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone to the world today in 2007

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Cassoulet Day

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