A to Z This Day in World History | December 9th

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Here are some historical events that happened on December 9:

536 – The Byzantine general Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the city to the Eastern Roman Empire.

1851 – The first YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) in the United States is founded in Boston, Massachusetts.

1905 – In France, the law separating church and state is passed.

1935 – The Downtown Athletic Club Trophy, later renamed the Heisman Trophy, is awarded for the first time. The University of Chicago’s Jay Berwanger is the recipient.

1941 – China and the Republic of China officially declare war on Japan.

1950 – Harry Gold is sentenced to 30 years in jail for helping Klaus Fuchs pass information about the Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union. His testimony is later instrumental in the prosecution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

1960 – The first episode of the popular animated sitcom “The Flintstones” airs on ABC.

1987 – The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

1990 – Lech Wałęsa becomes the first directly elected president of Poland.

2008 – The Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, is arrested by federal officials for a number of alleged crimes, including attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

These are just a few examples, and many more events have occurred on December 9 throughout history.

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