spotlight Today in history: Dec. 9 Dec 9, 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1958: John Birch Society In 1958, the anti-communist John Birch Society was formed in Indianapolis. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1960: Domino's In 1960, the Domino's Pizza chain had its beginnings as brothers Tom and James Monaghan started operating a pizzeria in Ypsilanti, Mich. Douglas C. Pizac 1962: Petrified Forest In 1962, the Petrified Forest in Arizona was designated a national park. ALISA BLACKWOOD 1987: Gaza West Bank In 1987, the first Palestinian intefadeh, or uprising, began as riots broke out in Gaza and spread to the West Bank, triggering a strong Israeli response. 1990: Lech Walesa On Dec. 9, 1990, Solidarity founder Lech Walesa (lek vah-WEN'-sah) won Poland's presidential runoff by a landslide. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1992: Prince Charles & Princess Diana In 1992, Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. (The couple's divorce became final in Aug. 1996.) Gill Allen 2000: U-S Supreme Court In 2000, the U-S Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt in the Florida vote count on which Al Gore pinned his best hopes of winning the White House. Kenneth Lambert 2009: Rodrigo Carazo Odio Ten years ago: Former Costa Rican President Rodrigo Carazo Odio, 82, died in San Juan. Kent Gilbert 2013: NASA Curiosity In 2013, scientists revealed that NASA's Curiosity rover had uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars. Kirsty Wigglesworth 2014: Mary Ann Mobley Five years ago: Mary Ann Mobley Collins, 77, a former Miss America and actress, died in Beverly Hills, California. Bill Achatz 2014: Royals US Visit Five years ago: Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, paid a solemn, rain-drenched visit to the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum as they wrapped up their first visit to New York. Richard Drew 2014: U.S. Senate CIA prisons Five years ago: U.S. Senate investigators concluded the United States had brutalized scores of terror suspects with interrogation tactics that turned secret CIA prisons into chambers of suffering and did nothing to make Americans safer after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. J. Scott Applewhite 2018: Gene Barry Ten years ago: Actor Gene Barry, 90, died in Woodland Hills, California. ASSOCIATED PRESS 2018: Melvin Dummar One year ago: Melvin Dummar, the former Utah gas station owner who claimed that billionaire Howard Hughes had left him $156 million for rescuing him on a desert road, died in Nevada at the age of 74; courts had determined that he lied, and that the will in which he was named as a beneficiary was a fake. ASSOCIATED PRESS Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps History Related to this collection Most Popular +18 Archives Today in history: Jan. 13 Jan 13, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +18 Archives Today in history: Jan. 15 Jan 15, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +28 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: Jan. 17 Jan 17, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Betty White, James Earl Jones, Maury Povich, Steve Earle, Steve Har… +25 Archives Celebrity Birthdays: Jan. 14 Jan 14, 2020 Here are some of the notable people celebrating birthdays today, including Faye Dunaway, Carl Weathers, T-Bone Burnett, Maureen Dowd, Steven S… +21 Archives Today in history: Jan. 14 Jan 14, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +23 Archives Today in history: Jan. 18 Jan 18, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +18 Archives Today in history: Jan. 16 Jan 16, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +16 Archives Today’s top pics: College Football championship and more Jan 14, 2020 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press. +17 Archives Today in history: Jan. 17 Jan 17, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +23 Archives Photos: 100 years ago, Prohibition began; it didn't work out so well Jan 16, 2020 Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted.