December 9 in Pop Culture History
1884 - The US patent (#308990) for ball-bearing roller skates,
was issued to Levant M. Richardson.
1907 - Christmas Seals, an outreach from the American Lung
association, went on sale for the first time, in the Wilmington,
Delaware, post office.
1958 - In Indianapolis, the John Birch Society formed.
1960 - Coronation Street debuted on the BBC.
1960 - The Sperry Rand Corporation demonstrated the UNIVAC
1107 computer; the first to use thin film magnetic technology.
The secret was the few millionths of an inch of iron-nickel
1965 - A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered on CBS.
1975 - President Gerald R. Ford signed a $2.3 billion loan
authorization to prevent New York City from having to default
on it's debts.
1981 - Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner was shot
dead. Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted of the murder.
1983 - Based on the 1932 film, Scarface, starring Al Pacino,
was released in theaters.
1983 - Sudden Impact and Christine debuted in theaters.
1988 - Twins, Mississippi Burning and My Stepmother is an
Alien were released in theaters.
1992 - England's : Prince Charles and Princess Diana formally
announced their separation.
1993 - Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Endeavor completed
repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.
2005 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and
the Wardrobe, Memoirs of a Geisha and Brokeback Mountain debuted
2009 - A Russian SLBM RSM-56 Bulava failed mid-flight causing
a very unusual light formation over Norway.