December 9

1941

China declared war against Japan, Germany, and Italy.

1958

The anti-Communist John Birch Society was formed.

1965

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" premiered.

1990

Lech Walesa was elected president of Poland.

1993

U.S. astronauts completed repair work on the Hubble Space Telescope.

1996

Archaeologist and anthropologist Mary Leakey died in Kenya at age 83.

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