On This Day In History, 9 July


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World Events Today

  • Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen of the United Kingdom, and Philip Mountbatten, announced their engagement today in 1947
  • Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and entered Queen Elizabeth II’s bedroom today in 1982
  • The International Olympic Committee, the IOC, readmitted South Africa today in 1991, the country then competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona

Entertainment Events Today

  • The first Wimbledon Championship, the world’s first official lawn tennis tournament, started today in 1877
  • Rock Around the Clock, by Bill Haley and His Comets, became the first rock and roll record to hit Number 1 today in 1955
  • The platform video game Donkey Kong was released today in 1981 by Nintendo

Family Events Today

  • The English romantic novelist Dame Mary Barbara Hamilton Cartland, one of the best-selling authors of all time, was born today in 1901 in Birmingham
  • The American actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, one of the most popular and recognizable stars of the big screen, was born today in 1956 in California
  • The Scottish singer-songwriter Jim Kerr, lead singer of the rock band Simple Minds, was born today in 1959

Main Event Today

  • Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans work of art went on display for the first time today in 1962 at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Sugar Cookie Day

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