German Unity Day commemorates the reunification of East and West Germany, which had been divided from World War II until 1990. The Berlin Wall, which physically separated East and West Germany, came down on Nov. 9, 1989, but the Treaty of Unification was not signed by both sides until the following year.
1872 – Bloomingdale’s Opens
Brothers Joseph and Lyman G. Bloomingdale opened their first store on 3rd Ave. in New York City. When business began picking up, Bloomingdale’s moved to its current New York flagship location at 59th St. and Lexington Ave.
1932 – Iraq Independence
Iraq gained full independence from the United Kingdom in 1932. A monarchy government remained in place until it was overthrown in 1958.
1952 – UK Tests an A-Bomb
The United Kingdom became the world’s third nuclear power, joining the United States and the Soviet Union. The U.K. successfully tested an atomic bomb on the Monte Bello Islands, off the coast of Australia.
1985 – NASA Shuttle Atlantis’ Maiden Flight
On its first mission, the space shuttle Atlantis carried two military communications satellites for the United States Department of Defense. In July 2011, the Atlantis shuttle was used for the final mission of the American Space Shuttle program.
1995 – O.J. Simpson Acquitted
Former football star O.J. Simpson was found not guilty in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
2008 – Emergency Economic Stabilization Plan
Less than two hours after the House passed it, President Bush signed the emergency economic stabilization plan.
1900 – Thomas Wolfe
1919 – James M. Buchanan
1941 – Chubby Checker
1954 – Al Sharpton
1964 – Clive Owen
1969 – Gwen Stefani
1973 – Neve Campbell
1975 – India.Arie
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