Bengaluru, Jan 9: Today is January 9, 2015. What happened on this day in history? Oneindia takes a look at the past:
1776: Political philospher and activist Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense attacking King George III's reign over the colonies and a call for complete independence.
1788: Connecticut became the fifth state of the United States.
1792: The Ottomans signed a treaty with the Russians ending a five-year war.
1793: The first balloon flight was made by Jean Pierre Blanchard in North America. 1861 Southern shellfire stops the Union supply ship Star of the West from entering Charleston Harbor on her way to Fort Sumter.
1861: Mississippi became the second state to secede from the Union.
1905: The Russian Revolution was fuelled by troops firing on petitioners to Czar Nicholas in St. Petersburg (old style date).
1912: Colonel Theodore Roosevelt announced that he would run for presidency if asked.
1913: US president Richard Nixon was born in California. He was the first American president to be impeached.
1964: US forces killed six Panamanian students protesting in the canal zone.
1968: Surveyor 7, the last of America's unmanned lunar probes, landed on the Moon.
1974: Indian film director and actor Farhan Akhtar was born in Mumbai.
1992: The Assembly of the Serb People in Bosnia and Herzegovina proclaimed the creation of a new state within Yugoslavia, the Rupublika Srpska.
2005: Mahmoud Abbas won election to replace Yasser Arafat as President of the Palestinian National Authority.
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement to end the Second Sudanese Civil War was signed by the Sudan government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement.
2007: Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, unveiled the first iPhone.