11 Things That Happened This Day In History - 9th January

Here is a note of 11 things that happened on this day in history

1. 1493 - Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, sailing near the Dominican Republic, sees three 'mermaids' - in reality what he saw was three manatees

2. 1902 - New York State introduces a bill to outlaw flirting in public

3. 1905 - The Russian Revolution is sparked by troops firing on petitioners to Czar Nicholas in St. Petersburg

4. 1943 - Freddie Starr is born

5. 1951 - The United Nations headquarters officially opens in New York City

6. 1957 - Sir Anthony Eden, the British Prime Minister, announces his resignation over his ill-fated Suez policy. Harold Macmillan succeeds Eden as Prime Minister

7. 1972 - Coal miners walk out at midnight in their first national strike against the UK government for almost 50 years

8. 1982 - Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, is born

9. 1986 - Defence Secretary Michael Heseltine resigns his Cabinet job after a row with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher over the Westland helicopter affair

10. 1992 - Sting made a guest appearance on the series The Simpsons, in the episode Radio Bart

11. 2011 - Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is shot in Tucson, Arizona during a public appearance by twenty-two year old Jared Loughner

Source: BBC, Wikipedia, historyorb.com, infoplease.com, history.co.uk, brainyhistory.com, on-this-day.com

image: © Will Clayton

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