In Germany, November 9th is called Schicksalstag (Fateful Day) it was the day that Robert Blum was executed in 1848, Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated in 1918, Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch in 1923, Kristallnacht in 1938, and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte became dictator (first consul) of France.
1842 – The first U.S. design patent (Design Patent # D1) was issued for typefaces and borders patented by George Bruce of New York City.
1857 – The Atlantic was founded in Boston, Massachusetts.
1872 – The Great Boston Fire of 1872. 13 people died.
1887 – The United States received rights to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
1888 – Jack Ripper’s 5th, and probably last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, was found on her bed. His first four victims were Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, and Catherine Eddowes.
1906 – Theodore Roosevelt became the first sitting President of the United States to make an official trip outside the country. He did so to inspect progress on the Panama Canal.
1925 – Robert A. Millikan confirmed the existence of cosmic rays from outer space in a speech to the National Academy of Sciences at Madison, Wisconsin. He also helped find the charge in an electron, which is a key part of the constants in physics.
1938 – Al Capp, cartoonist of Lil’l Abner created Sadie Hawkins Day. It was now “celebrated” on the first Saturday after November 9th.
1953 – Supreme Court ruled Major League baseball exempt from anti-trust laws. Basically, it was a mechanism to make sure a player could not just quit one team to work for another team.
1957 – Gordon Gould began writing his description of a laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation).
1961 – The X-15 rocket plane achieved a world record speed of 4,093 mph (Mach 6.04) and reached 101,600 feet (over 19 miles) altitude, piloted by US Air Force Major Robert M. White.
1965 – Several U.S. states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Northeast Blackout of 1965.
1967 – The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine was published.
1974 – #1 Hit November 9, 1974 – November 15, 1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
1985 – Garry Kasparov, 22, of the Soviet Union became the youngest World Chess Champion by beating Anatoly Karpov, also of the Soviet Union.
1985 – #1 Hit November 9, 1985 – November 15, 1985: Jan Hammer – Miami Vice Theme
1989 – The Berlin Wall fell. It was constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany) starting on August 13, 1961.
1994 – The chemical element Darmstadtium (#110) was discovered/created in Germany. It was named in honor of the city of Darmstadt, where it was discovered.
1996 – #1 Hit November 9, 1996 – December 6, 1996: Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre – No Diggity
1997 – In the Montreal Screwjob, wrestler Bret Hart lost his final match in the WWF via submission to Shawn Michaels.
1991 – #1 Hit November 9, 1991 – November 22, 1991: Prince & The New Power Generation – Cream
2002 – #1 Hit November 9, 2002 – January 31, 2003: Eminem – Lose Yourself
2011 – At 2:00 PM EST, all US TV and radio stations in the Emergency Alert System were tested simultaneously, the first nationwide test of the system since the 1997 inception of the EAS.