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Today in History - January 9th
1558 - On this day in history, Geneva gained independence from Berne canton in Switzerland.
1788 - Connecticut became the 5th state in the United States.
1793 - Today in history, Jean-Pierre Blanchard made the first balloon flight in the United States.
1799 - British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger introduced income tax.
1848 - On this day in history, the first commercial bank was established in the USA (San Francisco).
1861 - The state of Mississippi separated from the United States.
1894 - Today in history, The New England Telephone and Telegraph Company put the first battery-run switchboard to use.
1902 - New York State introduced a bill to prohibit flirting in public.
1924 - On this day in history, Virginia Woolf was born in London to a father also known in the literary world.
1936 - The US Army adopted the semi-automatic rifle.
1940 - Today in history, Television was used for the first time to broadcast a sales meeting in New York City.
1951 - The UN headquarters opened in New York City.
1958 - On this day in history, Toyota and Datsun vehicles make their first appearances in the United States at a car show in California.
1968 - America's last and most sophisticated unmanned moon probe landed.
1969 - Today in history, the supersonic Concorde made its first flight.
1972 - The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth was destroyed by fire.
1986 - On this day in history, Kodak was taken to court by the Polaroid Company for patent infringement.
1998- The decapitated head of Danish Little Mermaid was returned.
2002 - Today in history, The United States Justice Department announced that it was pursuing a criminal investigation of Enron.
2006 - Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2007 - On this day in history, Apple Computer unveiled the legendary iPhone.
SPORTS - Today in History, January 9th
1988 - U.S. Male Figure Skating championship was won by Brian Boitano.
1991- Today in history, Baseball officially banned Pete Rose from The Hall of Fame.
MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, January 9th
1973 - Mick Jagger was refused a Japanese visa because of a 1969 drug bust, which halted the Stones' tour of the Orient.
1992 - On this day in history, Sting made an appearance on the series "The Simpsons."
FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - January 9th
George Balanchine 1904
Simone de Beauvoir 1908
Richard Nixon 1913
Fernando Lamas 1915
Joan Baez 1941
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