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.

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