British reporter Flora Shaw, who later married Lord Frederick Lugard

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Tuesday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2014. There are 22 days and 3weeks left in the year. Highlights of today in world history…
Birthdays:

??1886

Clarence Birdseye, American inventor, of the deep frozen food process

??1909

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., American actor of stage and screen

??1916

Kirk Douglas, Veteran Hollywood superstar, appearing in many epics

??1924

Margaret Oluremilekum Young, journalist, entrepreneur. She studied at Barrett Street Technical College

??1934

Dame Judi Dench, Popular stage and screen actress

??1937

General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, soldier, politician and multi-billionaire businessman was born in Takum, Taraba State. He was Nigerian Army Chief of Army Staff (1975 to 1979) and Minister of Defence (1999-2003)

??1942

Billy Bremner, Former Leeds football player & captain of Scottland

??1950

Joan Armatrading, British singer/songwriter

??1953

Jill Saward, Of the Pop group ‘Shakatak’

??1957

Donny Osmond, Singer, both as soloist & with ‘The Osmonds’

Events:

??536 ?

Gladstone became British Prime Minister for the first time. He eventually held the post for a further, three terms

1890

British reporter Flora Shaw, who later married Lord Frederick Lugard, suggests that the country be named “Nigeria” after the Niger River.

??1903

The Norwegian government refused a proposal to give women the vote

??1955

Sugar Ray Robinson knocked out Carl Olsen to regain his world middleweight boxing title

??1960

Granada Television’s long running ‘soap’, Coronation Street, was first televised

??1964

Poet and author Dame Edith Sitwell, sister of the writer Sir Osbert Sitwell, died

??1980

A member of the National Assembly, Senator lbrahim Barau, is jailed for one year without an option of fine for smuggling.

??1982

Steven Spielberg’s science fiction film E.T. was first shown in Britain

??1982

The country and western star, Marty Robbins, died of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee

??1990

In Poland, Lech Walesa won a landslide victory in the Presidential elections

??1993

30 military Administrators sworn-in in Abuja.

??1997

Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, a former vice-president and political opponent of Abacha, died in prison, leading to charges that he was poisoned.

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