It happened today – this day in history – December 9

1608: Birth of poet John Milton.

1783: The first execution at Newgate Jail (now the site of The Old Bailey criminal court).

1854: Alfred Tennyson’s poem “Charge of the Light Brigade” is published in “The Examiner”.

1931: Spain becomes a republic.

1941: China declares war on Japan, Germany and Italy. On the same day, Hitler orders US ships to be torpedoed.

1960: Coronation Street is broadcast for the first time.

1964: John Coltrane’s quartet record the album A Love Supreme in New Jersey.

1967: Jim Morrison is arrested on stage for disturbing the peace at the New Haven Arena, Connecticut, making him the first rock star to be taken into custody during a performance. On the same day, Nicolae Ceaușescu becomes President of Romania.

1990: Lech Walesa wins Poland’s first direct presidential election.

1994: Death of Maureen Starkey, former wife of Ringo Starr, of leukemia at 48.

2003: Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to hospital with serious injuries after being in a quad bike accident at his UK home.

2012: Death of astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore aged 89.

BIRTHDAYS: Dame Judi Dench, actress, 85; Beau Bridges, actor, 78; Neil Innes, musician (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band/The Rutles) 75; Joan Armatrading, singer/songwriter, 69; Michael Dorn, actor, 67; John Malkovich, actor, 66; Jean-Claude Junker, former president of the European Commission, 65; Donny Osmond, singer, 62; Nick Seymour, bassist (Crowded House) 61; Felicity Huffman, actress, 57; Paul Landers, guitarist (Rammstein) 55; Geoff Barrow, instrumentalist (Portishead) 48; Tre Cool (Frank Wright III) drums (Green Day) 47; Reiko Aylesworth, actress, 47; Imogen Heap, singer/songwriter 42; Jesse Metcalf, actor, 41; Simon Helberg, actor, 39;

Subscribe to get your latest local news articles by email each day...

Or click here to subscribe to our weekly digital edition. Your details will be stored to support your experience in line with our privacy policy.

Mick Ferris

Editor Email: [email protected]