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This Day in History for December 9

1793 – Noah Webster establishes New York’s 1st daily newspaper, the “American Minerva”

1861 – American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of War is established by the U.S. Congress.

1878 – John Pulitzer buys St. Louis Dispatch for $2,500.

1889 – US President Benjamin Harrison dedicates the Chicago Auditorium, designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler, then largest building in the U.S.

1902 – American League announces purchase of grounds for stadium in NY.

1907 – First Christmas Seals sold (Wilmington, Delaware, post office)

1925 – Pro football a big hit in NYC; Grange and Bears beat Giants before 70,000.

1941 – 1st US WW II bombing mission in Far East, Luzon, Philippines.

1941 – 300 Montgomery, San Francisco opens as new Bank of America HQ.

1953 – General Electric announces all Communist employees will be fired.

1962 – “I Can Get It For You Wholesale” closes on Broadway.

1970 – OPEC meeting in Caracas establishes 55 percent as minimum tax rate and demands that posted prices be changed to reflect changes in foreign exchange rates.

1974 – Dow Jones Index hits 570.01.

1975 – US President Gerald Ford signs $2.3 billion loan authorization for New York City.

1983 – Counselor to Ronald Reagan, Edwin Meese says people go to soup kitchens”…because food is free & that’s easier than paying for it”

1992 – Operation Restore Hope: US Marines land in Somalia.

2008 – The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes including attempting to sell the United States Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama’s election to the Presidency.

2014 – CIA Torture Report released, detailing the CIA’s use of torture on detainees between 2001-2006.

2018 – Winter storm hits US south east killing three, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, canceling over, flight.

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