9 July It Happened Today
1440 Death of Flemish painter Jan van Eyck.
1819 Birth of Elias Howe, American inventor of the sewing machine.
1850 Death of Zachary Taylor, 12th president of the US.
1877 The first Wimbledon mens’s singles championship takes place, won by Spencer W Gore.
1901 Birth of English novelist Barbara Cartland.
1937 Birth of English artist David Hockney.
1951 American novelist Dashiell Hammett jailed for contempt of court for refusing to testify before Senator Joe McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee.