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Today in History
Today in History: Friday, December  09, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Dec. 9, 1990, Solidarity founder Lech Walesa was elected president of Poland.
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1608Poet John Milton was born in London.
1854The poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was published in England.
1907Christmas seals went on sale for the first time, at the Wilmington, Del., post office. The proceeds went to fight tuberculosis.
1912Longtime House Speaker Thomas "Tip" O'Neill was born in Cambridge, Mass.
1940British troops opened their first major offensive in North Africa during World War II.
1941China declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy.
1958The anti-Communist John Birch Society was formed in Indianapolis.
1975President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion seasonal loan authorization to prevent New York City from having to default.
1992Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. (They divorced in 1996.)
1993The Air Force destroyed the first of 500 Minuteman II missile silos marked for elimination under an arms control treaty.
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1995Rep. Kweisi Mfume, D-Md., was chosen to head the NAACP.
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2000The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt in the Florida presidential vote count.
2002United Airlines filed the biggest bankruptcy in aviation history after losing $4 billion in the previous two years.
2004Canada's Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was constitutional.
2008Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on suspicion of scheming to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat for cash or a job for himself in the new administration. (Blagojevich was convicted of lying to the FBI; he awaits re-trial on 23 other charges.)
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Kirk Douglas turns 100 years old today.
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Dick Van PattenActor ("Eight is Enough")88
Buck HenryActor, writer86
Judi DenchActress82
Beau BridgesActor75
Dick ButkusFootball Hall of Famer74
Tom DaschleFormer U.S. senator, D-S.D.69
Tom KiteGolfer67
Joan ArmatradingRock singer66
John MalkovichActor63
Donny OsmondSinger59
Mario CantoneComedian57
Felicity HuffmanActress ("Desperate Housewives")54
Jakob DylanRock musician (Wallflowers)47
Kara DioGuardiSongwriter, TV personality ("American Idol")46
Tre CoolRock musician (Green Day)44
Jesse MetcalfeActor38
Simon HelbergActor ("The Big Bang Theory")36
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., turns 50 years old today.
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