On This Day In History (9 January)
On January 9, 1968, the Surveyor 7 space probe made a soft landing on the moon, asking the end of the American series of unmanned explorations of the lunar surface. READ MORE.
On January 9, 1913, Richard Milhous Nixon, the first American president to resign from office following his involvement in the Watergate scandal, was born. Following his death on April 22, 1994, his obituary appeared in The Times. Go to obituary.
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- 1788 - Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
- 1861 - Mississippi seceded from the Union.
- 1968 - The Surveyor 7 space probe made a soft landing on the moon. It was the last of America's unmanned explorations of the lunar surface.
- 1972 - Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes said a purported authorized biography of him by Clifford Irving was a fake.
- 1987 - The White House released a memorandum prepared for President Ronald Reagan in January 1986 that showed a definite link between U.S. arms sales to Iran and the release of American hostages in Lebanon.
- 2001 - Apple Computer Inc. introduced its iTunes music management software at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco.
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