December 9: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1793 - New York City's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster.
- 1851 - The first YMCA in North America is established in Montreal, Quebec.
- 1872 - In Louisiana, P. B. S. Pinchback becomes the first serving African-American governor of a U.S. state.
- 1962 - The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona.
- 1979 - The eradication of the smallpox virus is certified, making smallpox the first and to date only human disease driven to extinction.
- Famous Birthdays: John Milton (English poet), Peter Pelham (English-American organist and composer), Fritz Haber (German chemist, Nobel Prize laureate), James Rainwater (American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate), McKayla Maroney (American gymnast)
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