Today in History: 9th September


Historical Events:

• 1945: 1st "bug" in a computer program discovered by Grace Hopper, a moth was removed with tweasers from a relay & taped into the log.
• 1997: F.W. de Klerk delivers his farewell address to Parliament.
• 1967: 1st successful Test flight of a Saturn V.
• 2013: 18 people are killed in conflict between government and Boko Harem troops in Borno State, Nigeria.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1873: Pieter Willem Frederik Wenning, SA painter, is born in The Hague, Netherlands.
• 1950: 1st use of TV laugh track-Hank McCune.
• 1956: Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan Show for the 1st time.
• 1971: John Lennon releases "Imagine" album.
• 2007: 24th MTV Awards: Rihanna f/ Jay-Z, Fergie & Justin Timberlake wins.


• 1970: Feyenoord wins soccer’s World Cup.
• 1979: Sally Little wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic.
• 1987: Largest US Tennis Open single night session (total) 21,016.
• 2012: Serena Williams wins her fourth women’s tennis singles at the US Open.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba