Today in History: June 9

Today in History: June 9

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1064

Coimbra, Portugal falls to Ferdinand, king of Castile.

1534

Jacques Cartier sails into the mouth of the St. Lawrence River in Canada.

1790

Civil war breaks out in Martinique.

1861

Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke begins working in Union hospitals.

1863

At the Battle of Brandy Station in Virginia, Union and Confederate cavalries clash in the largest cavalry battle of the Civil War.

1923

Bulgaria's government is overthrown by the military.

1931

Robert H. Goddard patents a rocket-fueled aircraft design.

1942

The Japanese high command announces that "The Midway Occupation operations have been temporarily postponed."

1945

Japanese Premier Kantaro Suzuki declares that Japan will fight to the last rather than accept unconditional surrender.

1951

After several unsuccessful attacks on French colonial troops, North Vietnam's General Vo Nguyen Giap orders Viet Minh to withdraw from the Red River Delta.

1954

At the Army-McCarthy hearings, attorney Joseph Welch asks Senator Joseph McCarthy "Have you no sense of decency?"

1959

The first ballistic missile-carrying submarine, the USS George Washington, is launched.

1972

American advisor John Paul Vann is killed in a helicopter accident in Vietnam.

1986

NASA publishes a report on the Challenger accident.