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 Jan
9
THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1493
Columbus mistakes manatees for mermaids
On this day in 1493, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, sailing near the Dominican Republic, sees three "mermaids"–in reality manatees–and describes them as "not half as beautiful as they are painted." Six months earlier, Columbus (1451-1506) set off from Spain across the Atlantic... read more »
American Revolution
1776
Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense »
Art, Literature, and Film History
1924
Virginia Woolf buys a house in Bloomsbury »
1976
Stallone starts filming Rocky »
1979
Pop luminaries gather at the U.N. for the Music for UNICEF concert »
Civil War
1861
"Star of the West" is fired upon »
Cold War
1952
Truman warns of Cold War dangers »
Crime
1984
The Hillside Stranglers »
Disaster
1972
Fire breaks out on Queen Elizabeth »
General Interest
1768
First modern circus is staged »
1806
Nelson buried at St. Paul's Cathedral »
1972
Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire »
2007
Steve Jobs debuts the iPhone »
Inventions & Science
1965
Bond movie features Aston Martin »
Presidential
1913
Richard M. Nixon is born »
Sports
1972
Laker winning streak comes to an end »
Vietnam War
1965
Support is pledged to civilian government »
1967
U.S. officials try to counter claims of Saigon corruption »
Westward Expansion
1887
Record cold and snow decimates cattle herds »
World War I
1917
Battle of Khadairi Bend begins »
World War II
1945
United States invades Luzon in Philippines »