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On This Day in History - 9th December


1886Clarence Birdseye, American inventor, of the deep frozen food process
1909Douglas Fairbanks Jr., American actor of stage and screen
1916Kirk Douglas, Veteran Hollywood superstar, appearing in many epics
1934Dame Judi Dench, Popular stage and screen actress
1942Billy Bremner, Former Leeds football player & captain of Scottland
1950Joan Armatrading, British singer/songwriter
1953Jill Saward, Of the Pop group 'Shakatak'
1957Donny Osmond, Singer, both as soloist & with 'The Osmonds'


1868Gladstone became British Prime Minister for the first time. He eventually held the post for a further, three terms
1903The Norwegian government refused a proposal to give women the vote
1955Sugar Ray Robinson knocked out Carl Olsen to regain his world middleweight boxing title
1960Granada Television's long running 'soap', Coronation Street, was first televised
1964Poet and author Dame Edith Sitwell, sister of the writer Sir Osbert Sitwell, died
1982Steven Spielberg's science fiction film E.T. was first shown in Britain
1982The country and western star, Marty Robbins, died of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee
1990In Poland, Lech Walesa won a landslide victory in the Presidential elections