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10/9/2019 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - October 9

Reprinted By Permission
From OnThisDay.com


Today in History in 1837 the steamboat “Home” sank off of Okracoke, N.C. killing 100; in 1936 Hoover Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles, California; and in 1993 Scotty McCreery, American country singer who won the tenth season of American Idol, was born in Raleigh, N.C.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 768 - Charlemagne and his brother Carloman I are crowned Kings of The Franks.
  • 1000 - Leif Ericson discovers "Vinland" (possibly L'Anse aux Meadows, Canada) reputedly becoming first European to reach North America
  • 1446 - The Hangul alphabet is published in Korea.
  • 1831 - Ioannis Kapodistrias, first Head of State of modern Greece, assassinated in Nafplion.
  • 1837 - Steamboat "Home" sinks off Okracoke NC killing 100
  • 1864 - Battle of Tom's Brook; Confederate cavalry that harassed Sheridan's campaign is beaten by General Custer & Merrit's cavalry divisions
  • 1865 - First US underground pipeline for carrying oil is laid in Pennsylvania
  • 1915 - Woodrow Wilson becomes first US President to attend a World Series game
  • 1936 - Hoover Dam begins transmitting electricity to Los Angeles
  • 2006 - North Korea allegedly tests its first nuclear device.


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1852 - Hermann Emil Fischer, Euskirchen, Rhine Province, chemist, Nobel Prize laureate, (d. 1919)
  • 1940 - John Lennon, Liverpool UK, musician and member of The Beatles (Imagine), (d. 1980)
  • 1945 - Jeannie C Riley, Texas, singer (Harper Valley PTA, Hee Haw)
  • 1952 - Sharon Osbourne, Brixton, South London, music manager, TV personality and wife of Ozzy Osbourne (X-Factor, America's Got Talent, The Talk)
  • 1953 - Tony Shalhoub, actor (Antonio Scarpacci-Wings, Big Night)
  • 1954 - Scott Bakula, St Louis MO, actor (Quantum Leap, Gung Ho, Murphy Brown)
  • 1955 - Linwood Boomer, Vancouver, actor (Adam-Little House on the Prairie)
  • 1993 – Scotty McCreery, Raleigh, N.C., American country singer who won the tenth season of American Idol. His first album Clear as Day went Platinum in 2011 and included such hits as "I Love You This Big" and "The Trouble with Girls."

Famous Weddings

  • 1514 - King Louis XII of France marries Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VII (sister of Henry VIII)
  • 1901 - Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr (27) weds Abby Aldrich in Warwick Neck, Rhode Island
  • 1916 - Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (21) weds Maxine Gates in Farmington, Utah
  • 1944 - Nizari Imam Aga Khan III (67) weds 1930 Miss France Yvonne Blanche Labrousse (38) in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1985 - NBA guard George Gervin (33) weds Joyce King in Bexar County, Texas

Famous Divorces

  • 1973 - Elvis & Priscilla Presley divorce after 6 years
  • 1980 - Princess Caroline of Monaco divorces Philippe Junot

Famous Deaths

  • 1806 - Benjamin Banneker, astronomer/mathematician, dies at 74
  • 1912 - Millie & Christine, Siamese twins, dies at 61
  • 1967 - Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Argentine Marxist revolutionary and physician, executed in Bolivia at 39
  • 2002 - Charles Guggenheim, American film director/producer (b. 1924)

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