June 9, 1534 - Jacques Cartier became the first to sail into the river he named the Saint Lawrence River.
June 9, 1732 – James Oglethorpe was granted a royal charter for the colony of the future U.S. state of Georgia.
June 9, 1772 - Off the coast of Rhode Island,the HMS Gaspee ran aground while chasing the packet boat Hannah. The ship was an armed British customs schooner. The next morning the ship was attacked and burned.
June 9, 1790 - John Barry copyrighted the “Philadelphia Spelling Book,” making it the first American book to be copyrighted.
June 9, 1815 - Alabama author Johnson Jones Hooper was born in Wilmington, N.C.
June 9, 1822 - Charles Graham received the first patent for false teeth.
June 9, 1856 – Five hundred Mormons left Iowa City, Iowa, and headed west for Salt Lake City carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts.
June 9, 1860 – The first dime novel, “Malaeska, the Indian Wife of the White Hunter” by Ann S. Stephens, was published. It was the first of 321 novels published by Beadle & Adams in their series Beadle’s Dime Novels.
June 9, 1861 - Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke began working in Union hospitals.
June 9, 1862 – During the Civil War, Stonewall Jackson concluded his successful Shenandoah Valley Campaign with a victory in the Battle of Port Republic. His tactics during the campaign are now studied by militaries around the world.
June 9, 1863 - In Virginia, the Battle of Brandy Station occurred. It was the largest cavalry battle of the war. Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry held the field after being attacked by Union troops under General Alfred Pleasonton.
June 9, 1864-March 25, 1865 – The Siege of Petersburg, Va. took place during the Civil War. William Haskins of the Conecuh Guards was killed at Petersburg, and 3rd Sgt. Louis Stahl of the Conecuh Guards wounded there in October 1864 at Petersburg. Stahl had his arm resected, survived war and moved to Marlin, Texas. Lewis Lavon Peacock also claimed to have been wounded at Petersburg.
June 9, 1865 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson moved into the White House, nearly two months after the death of Abraham Lincoln.
June 9, 1870 – In Higham, Kent, England, novelist Charles Dickens suffered a stroke, fell off his chair at the dinner table and died at the age of 58.
June 9, 1891 – Song-writer Cole Porter was born in Peru, Indiana.
June 9, 1892 – Canadian-English captain and explorer William Grant Stairs, 28, died from malaria and was buried in the European Cemetery in Chinde, Mozambique at the mouth of the Zambezi River. He played a leading role in two of the most controversial expeditions in the history of the colonisation of Africa, the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition and the Stairs Expedition to Katanga.
June 9, 1914 - Honus Wagner became the second player in major league history to record 3,000 hits.
June 9, 1915 – William Jennings Bryan resigned as Woodrow Wilson's Secretary of State over a disagreement regarding the United States' handling of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.
June 9, 1924 – Lamar W. Matkin purchased The Evergreen Courant in Evergreen, Ala.
June 9, 1926 – The Electrik-Maid Bake Shop opened in Evergreen, Ala. under the management of J.O. Stapp.
June 9, 1934 – Donald Duck made his debut in “The Wise Little Hen.”
June 9, 1943 - The famed “Tuskegee Airmen” were involved in their first air battle with German fighter planes in the skies over North Africa. These flyers from the 99th Fighter Squadron were among those trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field, the center for pilot training of African Americans during World War II.
June 9, 1944 - A foxhound named Lena in Pennsylvania gave birth to a record litter- 23 puppies.
June 9, 1946 - Mel Ott of the New York Giants became the first manager to be ejected from both games of a doubleheader.
June 9, 1946 - Ted Williams hit the longest home run inside Fenway Park. The ball traveled 502 feet and landed in Seat 21 in Row 37 of Section 42. It is marked now by an iconic red seat.
June 9, 1956 – Crime novelist Patricia Cornwell was born in Miami, Fla.
June 9, 1957 – The First ascent of Broad Peak was achieved by Fritz Wintersteller, Marcus Schmuck, Kurt Diemberger and Hermann Buhl.
June 9, 1963 – Actor Johnny Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky.
June 9, 1966 - Minnesota set a Major League Baseball record when they hit six home runs in one inning.
June 9, 1968 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a national day of mourning following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
June 9, 1969 – Thomas Charles Littles of Brooklyn, Ala. arrived in Vietnam. He would later be fatally wounded.
June 9, 1977 – Oakey Streak Methodist Church near Greenville, Ala. was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
June 9, 1994 - Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes of TLC set fire to her boyfriend's house. Her boyfriend was Andre Rison of the Atlanta Falcons.
June 9, 1996 - Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox hit his 200th career home run.
June 9, 1996 - Ryan Hancock became the first California Angel pitcher to get a hit in 24 years. Nolan Ryan was the previous pitcher to get a hit for the Angels in 1972.
June 9, 1998 – Mark Childress’ fifth novel, “Gone for Good,” was released by Knopf.
June 9, 1998 – David C. Fleming, who taught vocational agribusiness at Evergreen High School for 30 years, was inducted into the Future Farmers of America Wall of Honor during the FFA state convention at the Montgomery Civic Center.
June 9, 2000 - The U.S. Justice Department announced that it had not uncovered reliable evidence of conspiracy behind 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
June 9, 2003 - Alabama author Robert O. Bowen died in Anchorage, Alaska.
June 9, 2005 – Police arrested Jordan Van der Sloot, 17, Deepak Kalpoe, 21, and Satish Kalpoe, 18, on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering Natalee Holloway, 18, of Mountain Brook, Ala.
June 9, 2008 - Ken Griffey Jr. of the Cincinnati Reds hit his 600th career home run. Only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Sammy Sosa had more runs at the time.