24 fun facts for December, 9

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
December 9th is a day of numerous fun facts, from the celebration of National Pastry Day in the United States to the first episode of "Coronation Street" airing in 1960, as well as Finland's Independence Day and International Anti-Corruption Day. Notable historical events on this day include the Miracle of Guadalupe in 1531 and the first multiracial elections in Zimbabwe in 1970.
24 Fun facts
  1. December 9th is National Pastry Day in the United States. It is a day to indulge your sweet tooth with your favorite pastry to celebrate the art of baking.
  2. In 1531, the "Miracle of Guadalupe" took place on this day when the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared on Tepeyac Hill to Juan Diego, a poor Aztec peasant, and the Catholic image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was formed.
  3. On December 9, 1793, Noah Webster established America's first daily newspaper, the "American Minerva" in New York City.
  4. Finland's Independence Day is celebrated on December 9th, marking the day in 1917 when the Finnish Parliament declared independence from Russia.
  5. On this day in 1960, the first episode of the popular British soap opera "Coronation Street" was aired, making it one of the longest-running television programs in the world.
  6. In 1965, the popular Christmas special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" premiered on television for the first time, marking the beginning of an annual tradition enjoyed by families around the world.
  7. The 1979 release of the movie "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" took place on December 9th, marking the first feature film based on the popular television series.
  8. On December 9, 1935, Walter Liggett, an American journalist, was assassinated for his investigative reporting on corruption and organized crime in Minnesota during the Prohibition era.
  9. On this day in 1917, British forces, led by General Edmund Allenby, captured Jerusalem from the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
  10. December 9th is International Anti-Corruption Day. Established by the United Nations General Assembly, the day aims to raise awareness about corruption and the role of the UN Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it.
  11. On December 9, 1970, the first multiracial elections in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) took place, starting the country's transition to majority rule and independence from Britain.
  12. On this day in 1990, Lech Walesa, leader of the Solidarity movement, won the presidential election in Poland, becoming the country's first democratically elected president.
  13. On December 9, 1968, engineer Douglas Engelbart demonstrated the world's first computer mouse, as well as concepts like hypertext and video conferencing, at the "Mother of All Demos" in San Francisco.
  14. In 1893, George and Gracie, a pair of New Zealand kiwi birds, arrived at the London Zoological Gardens — the first kiwis ever to be exhibited in Europe.
  15. On this day in 1916, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed the Adamson Act, which established an eight-hour workday for railroad workers and helped to avoid a nationwide railroad strike.
  16. On December 9, 1907, the first Christmas Seals supporting the fight against tuberculosis were sold in Wilmington, Delaware, starting a tradition of holiday charity in the US.
  17. The first Miss World beauty pageant was held on this day in 1951, with Swedish contestant Kiki Hakansson crowned the winner.
  18. In 1962, the Petrified Forest in Arizona was designated a national park, protecting one of the largest concentrations of petrified wood in the world.
  19. Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba recorded her signature song "Home! Sweet Home!" on this day in 1905, marking her first recording for the Gramophone Company (now EMI).
  20. On December 9, 1985, artificial heart patient William J. Schroeder became the first person to leave a hospital while wearing his Jarvik-7 mechanical heart.
  21. On this day in 1984, Namibia gained independence from South Africa after 75 years of colonization.
  22. On December 9, 2000, the United States Supreme Court halted the Florida presidential election recount, effectively deciding the outcome of the contested 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.
  23. In 1958, American poet Robert Frost was awarded his fourth Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his collection "A Witness Tree."
  24. On this day in 1987, the first ever World Wrestling Federation (WWF) pay-per-view event, "WrestleMania IV," took place, featuring popular wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.