December 9 in Pop Culture History
|December 9th is…
Christmas Card Day
Opal Apples Day
Weary Willie Day
|National Christmas Card Day
National Christmas Card Day is a holiday meant to help you get your holiday cards out on time. You can use it whenever you’d like to prepare for the Christmas holiday. If you don’t send out cards, you can create a new tradition with loved ones on this national holiday by baking cookies, wrapping gifts, or enjoying a seasonal meal.
1884 – The US patent (#308990) for ball-bearing roller skates was issued to Levant M. Richardson.
1907 – Christmas Seals, outreach from the American Lung Association, went on sale for the first time in the Wilmington, Delaware, post office.
1958 – In Indianapolis, the John Birch Society was formed.
1960 – Coronation Street debuted on the BBC.
1960 – The Sperry Rand Corporation demonstrated the UNIVAC 1107 computer, the first to use thin film magnetic technology. The secret was the few millionths of an inch of iron-nickel alloy.
1965 – A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on CBS.
1972 – #1 Hit December 9, 1972 – December 15, 1972: Helen Reddy – I Am Woman
1975 – President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion loan authorization to prevent New York City from having to default on its debts.
1978 – #1 Hit December 9, 1978 – January 5, 1979: Chic – Le Freak
1981 – Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner was shot dead. Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of the murder.
1983 – Based on the 1932 film, Scarface, starring Al Pacino, was released in theaters.
1983 – Sudden Impact and Christine debuted in theaters.
1988 – Twins, Mississippi Burning and My Stepmother is an Alien were released in theaters.
1989 – #1 Hit December 9, 1989 – December 22, 1989: Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire
1992 – England’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana formally announced their separation.
1993 – Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavor completed repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
2005 – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Memoirs of a Geisha and Brokeback Mountain debuted in theaters.
2009 – A Russian SLBM RSM-56 Bulava failed mid-flight causing a very unusual light formation over Norway.