December 9 in history: Dr Kotnis died serving relentlessly in China in 1942

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Bengaluru, December 9: Today is Tuesday, December 9, 2014. What happened on this day in history? Oneindia takes a look at the past:

1608: British writer and poet John Milton was born in Cheapside in the United Kingdom.

1825: Tula Ram Rao, one of the heroes of the 1857 and Sepoy Mutiny, was born.

1867: Colorado's capital shifted from Golden to Denver. 1872: PBS Pinchback becomes Lousiana's first African-American governor.

1900: Russia rejects Boer Paul Kruger's plea for aid against the British in South Africa. 1908: Child labour bill passed in the German Reichstag banning work for children aged below 13.

1942: Dr. Dwarkanath Kotnis, an Indian physician who was sent to China to provide medical assistance during the Sino-Japanese War of 1938, died at the age of 32.

1946: The first meeting of India's Constitutional Committee Assembly was held in Parliament after a gap of over two years.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was born at Lusiana in Italy.

1949: The UN takes Jerusalem's trusteeship. 1950: US President Harry S Truman bans his country's exports to Communist China.

The Laos government flees to Cambodia after the capital city of Vientiane is caught in a war. 1965: Formation of the anti-Communist John Birch Society.

1990: Lech Walesa becomes the president of Poland.


1992: US Marines reach Somalia to ensure supply of food and medicine to the deprived areas of that country.

More than 700 die in clashes in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh in India.

1996: US astronauts completed repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope.

1999: BJP expelled former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh.

2008: Illionois Governor Rod Blagojevich is arrested on federal charges, including a bid to sell the US Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

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