09 December 2006

This day in history: 9 Dec

1917: British forces led by Edmund Allenby captured Jerusalem.

1937: Japanese forces began their assault on Nanjing*. The city fell on the 13th.

1945: George S Patton was injured in an automobile accident; he died of his injuries twelve days later.

1961: SS-Obersturmbannf├╝hrer Adolf Eichmann was found guilty of 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

1965: A UFO may or may not have visited Kecksburg, Pennsylvania.

Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641), Mary Leakey (1913-1996) and Robert Sheckley (1928-2005) died on this date.

And happy birthday to Gustavus Adolphus (1594-1632), Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956), Emmett Kelley Sr (1898-1979), Grace Hopper (1906-1992), Douglas Fairbanks Jr KBE DSC (1909-2000), Broderick Crawford (1911-1986), Kirk Douglas (1916-TBD), Redd Foxx (1922-1991), Dick Van Patten (1928-TBD), Dame Judi Dench CH DBE (1934-TBD) and Michael Dorn (1952-TBD).

* Nanking, to us old folks.

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