Tuesday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2014. There are 22 days and 3weeks left in the year. Highlights of today in world history…
Clarence Birdseye, American inventor, of the deep frozen food process
Douglas Fairbanks Jr., American actor of stage and screen
Kirk Douglas, Veteran Hollywood superstar, appearing in many epics
Margaret Oluremilekum Young, journalist, entrepreneur. She studied at Barrett Street Technical College
Dame Judi Dench, Popular stage and screen actress
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)
Billy Bremner, Former Leeds football player & captain of Scottland
Joan Armatrading, British singer/songwriter
Jill Saward, Of the Pop group ‘Shakatak’
Donny Osmond, Singer, both as soloist & with ‘The Osmonds’
Gladstone became British Prime Minister for the first time. He eventually held the post for a further, three terms
British reporter Flora Shaw, who later married Lord Frederick Lugard, suggests that the country be named “Nigeria” after the Niger River.
The Norwegian government refused a proposal to give women the vote
Sugar Ray Robinson knocked out Carl Olsen to regain his world middleweight boxing title
Granada Television’s long running ‘soap’, Coronation Street, was first televised
Poet and author Dame Edith Sitwell, sister of the writer Sir Osbert Sitwell, died
A member of the National Assembly, Senator lbrahim Barau, is jailed for one year without an option of fine for smuggling.
Steven Spielberg’s science fiction film E.T. was first shown in Britain
The country and western star, Marty Robbins, died of a heart attack in Nashville, Tennessee
In Poland, Lech Walesa won a landslide victory in the Presidential elections
30 military Administrators sworn-in in Abuja.
Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, a former vice-president and political opponent of Abacha, died in prison, leading to charges that he was poisoned.