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July 9 in History

Update: July, 09/2012 - 09:27

 

1519

Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes reaches the Gulf of Mexico, founds the town of Villa Rica de la Veracruz and begins the conquest of Mexico.

1810

Holland is annexed by Napoleon after Louis Napoleon, his brother, abdicated from the throne.

1900

The Commonwealth of Australia is constituted by an act of the Imperial Parliament.

1912

Birth of Nguyen Van Cu (died 1941), general secretary of the Indochina Communist Party between 1938-41.

1922

Johnny Weissmuller, swimmer and later film actor playing Tarzan, becomes the first man to swim 100m in under a minute when he clocks 58.6 seconds.

1925

Nguyen Ai Quoc (Ho Chi Minh) arrives in Guangzhou to establish the Union of the Oppressed Nations of East Asia.

1932

Death of King Camp Gillette, US inventor and manufacturer of the safety razor.

1963

An agreement is signed to create the Federation of Malaysia, uniting Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and North Borneo.

1968

During the American War, for 170 consecutive days, from January 21-July 9, Vietnamese forces attack US-Sai Gon bases in Khe Sanh,Quang Tri Province, inflicting 17,000 casualties, shooting down 480 aircraft and destroying hundreds of military vehicles and 50 storages.

1975

The Republic of South Viet Nam establishes diplomatic relations with the Republic of Italy and the Kingdom of Belgium at ambassadorial level.

1988

The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam promulgates the Nationality Law that defines the legal relation between the State and its citizens and the Vietnamese citizens' rights and their obligations.

1989

Carlos Menem is sworn in as Argentina's president, first time in 60 years that a civilian president succeeds another.

2004

The UN's highest judicial authority rules Israel's planned 684km-long barrier in the West Bank violates international law and must be dismantled.

2008

Iran test-fires nine missiles, including ones capable of hitting Israel, making a dramatic show of its readiness to strike back if the United States or Israel attacks it over its nuclear programme.— REUTERS/AP

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