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Calendar for July 9th, 2014

Nunavut Day (Canada)

Celebrated by the residents of Nunavut, Canada, on July 9 each year, Nunavut is a time to honor the efforts of those who helped to bring this territory into being. For many years, the Inuit had worked toward forming their own territory. On July 9, 1993, the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act took effect, and Nunavut was established on April 1, 1999. Nunavut Day was declared an official government holiday in 2001.


  • 1540: Henry VIII of England annulled his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves

  • 1760s

  • Born 1764: Ann Radcliffe (novelist)

  • 1790s

  • 1792: Samuel Latham Mitchill became the first agriculture college professor in the United States when he was appointed by Columbia College in New York City.

  • 1810s

  • 1815: First natural gas well discovered near what is now Charleston, West Virginia

  • 1816: Argentina declared independence from Spain

  • Born 1819: Elias Howe (inventor)

  • 1850s

  • Died 1850: Zachary Taylor (12th U.S. president)

  • Born 1858: Franz Boas (anthropologist)

  • 1860s

  • 1868: The U.S. Congress ratified the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, granting citizenship to all those born or naturalized in the United States, including former slaves

  • 1870s

  • 1872: John F. Blondel received a patent for a doughnut cutter

  • 1878: Henry Tibbe patented an improved corn cob pipe

  • 1910s

  • 1910: In his Wright biplane, aviator Walter Brookins flew higher than a mile

  • 1940s

  • 1945: New York Mayor LaGuardia read the comics over the radio during a newspaper strike

  • Born 1945: Dean R. Koontz (author)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1955: Jimmy Smits (actor)

  • Born 1956: Tom Hanks (actor)

  • 1960s

  • 1960: At age seven, Roger Woodward became the first person to fall accidentally over the Niagara River's Horseshoe Falls and live

  • 1969: Canada's Official Languages Act adopted

  • 1970s

  • 1973: Clarence M. Kelley, is sworn in as director of the FBI

  • Born 1976: Fred Savage (actor)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1992: Eric Sevareid (journalist)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Rod Steiger (actor)

  • Died 2004: Isabel Sanford (actress)

  • Died 2005: Kevin Hagen (actor)

  • Died 2006: Milan B. Williams (musician)

  • 2008: Jim Purol set a Guinness World Record for "Most Seats Sat in 48 Hours" by sitting in 39,250 seats

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