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9th December

1608 * John Milton, English poet of Paradise Lost (1667).

1641 Flemish painter Sir Anthony van Dyke died at his London studio.

1868 William Gladstone became British Prime Minister for the first time.

1905 Richard Strauss's opera Salome was first performed in Dresden, Germany.

1909 * Douglas Fairbanks Jr, US actor who starred in Sinbad the Sailor (1947).

1918 * Kirk Douglas (Issur Danielovitch), US actor who starred in the film Spartacus (1960).

1934 * Dame Judi Dench, Popular stage and screen actress.

1957 * Donny Osmond, US singer and member of The Osmondís family singing group.

1960 Granada Television's long running "soap opera", Coronation Street, was first televised.

1973 Tripartite talks on Northern Ireland at Sunningdale, Berkshire ended in an historic agreement to set up a Council of Ireland.

1987 The England cricket tour of Pakistan hung in the balance as a row erupted between England captain Mike Gatting and the umpire Shakoor Rana.

1990 In a landslide victory, former Solidarity leader Lech Walelsa was elected president of Poland.

1992 American forces landed in Somalia to begin humanitarian operation in the famine-stricken country.

1993 A mission to repair the faulty Hubble telescope in outer space, by Story Musgrave and Jeff Hofman was declared an unqualified success.

1996 A man Horrett Campbell, 33, who attacked three children and four women with a machete was found guilty of attempted murder.

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