On This Day — October 9th
October 9th is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 83 days remaining until the end of the year.
1594 – Sinhalese–Portuguese War: Portugal had almost conquered the island of Sri Lanka when its army was essentially annihilated, ending the Campaign of Danture.
1708 – Great Northern War: Russia defeated Sweden at the Battle of Lesnaya on the Russian–Polish border in what is now Belarus.
1888 – The Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., at the time the world’s tallest building, officially opened to the general public.
1914 – World War I: The civilian authorities of Antwerp surrendered, allowing the German army to capture the city.
2016 – Militants attacked a border police post in Myanmar, killing nine people and triggering a period of intense persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority.
Sharon Osbourne turns 66
Guillermo del Toro turns 54
David Cameron turns 52
Sean Lennon turns 43
Bella Hadid turns 22