Today in History, January 9th


A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 9th!

1719 Philip V of Spain declares war on France.
1788 Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1792 The Ottomans sign a treaty with the Russians ending a five year war.
1793 Jean Pierre Blanchard makes the first balloon flight in North America.
1861 Southern shellfire stops the Union supply ship Star of the West from entering Charleston Harbor on her way to Fort Sumter.
1861 Mississippi secedes from the Union.
1908 Count Zeppelin announces plans for his airship to carry 100 passengers.Count-Zeppelin
1909 A Polar exploration team lead by Ernest Shackleton reaches 88 degrees, 23 minutes south longitude, 162 degrees east latitude. They are 97 nautical miles short of the South Pole, but the weather is too severe to continue.
1912 Colonel Theodore Roosevelt announces that he will run for president if asked.
1915 Pancho Villa signs a treaty with the United States, halting border conflicts.
1924 Ford Motor Co. stock is valued at nearly $1 billion.
1943 Soviet planes drop leaflets on the surrounded Germans in Stalingrad requesting their surrender with humane terms. The Germans refuse.
1945 U.S. troops land on Luzon, in the Philippines, 107 miles from Manila.
1947 French General Leclerc breaks off all talks with Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh.
1952 Jackie Robinson becomes the highest paid player in Brooklyn Dodger history.Jackie-Robinson
1964 U.S. forces kill six Panamanian students protesting in the canal zone.
1968 The Surveyor 7 space probe made a soft landing on the moon. It was the last of America’s unmanned explorations of the lunar surface.
1972 Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes said a purported authorized biography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake.
1974 Cambodian Government troops open a drive to avert insurgent attack on Phnom Penh.
1987 The White House released a memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan in January 1986 that showed a definite link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.
2001 Apple Computer Inc. introduced its iTunes music management software at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco.
2005 Mahmoud Abbas was elected Palestinian Authority president by a landslide.
2006 “The Phantom of the Opera” became the longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing “Cats,” which ran for 7,485 performances.
2007 Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone.
2009 The Illinois House voted to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (The Democratic governor was removed from office by the state Senate later in the month.)Rod Blagojevich

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and