June 9th

1997
British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong expires.
Transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong
1993
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito married commoner Masako Owada.
Masako, Crown Princess of Japan
1978
After 148 years, the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints finally allowed black men to become priests.
Eldridge Cleaver
1977
Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain celebrated with fireworks.
Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II
1973
Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes and became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
Secretariat (horse)
1967
Israel captures the Golan Heights from Syria. Israel's occupation of the territory and the establishment of Israeli settlements in the area continue to hamper negotiations to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing Middle East conflict.
Golan Heights
1957
Four Austrian climbers become the first to conquer Broad Peak. Fritz Wintersteller, Marcus Schmuck, Kurt Diemberger, and Hermann Buhl reached the 8051 meter high summit of one of the world's highest mountains on the border of Pakistan and China.
Eight-thousander
1946
Bhumibol Adulyadej is crowned King of Thailand. As of 2014, he is the world's longest reigning head of state, with nearly 70 years on the throne.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej
1944
The Republic of Iceland was established.
Icelandic constitutional referendum, 1944
1934
Donald Duck makes his film debut in The Wise Little Hen. The short-tempered duck typically wearing a sailor suit is one of Walt Disney's most famous cartoon characters. Donald's first book appearance was in The Adventures of Mickey Mouse, which was published in 1931.
The Wise Little Hen
1928
Charles Kingsford Smith completes the world's first trans-Pacific flight. The Australian aviator and his 4-man crew had departed Oakland, California on the morning on May 31. Nine days later, after several stops, they landed safely in Brisbane.
Charles Kingsford Smith
1898
China agreed to lease Hong Kong to Britain for 99 years.
Transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong
1870
Author Charles Dickens died.
Charles Dickens
1815
End of the Congress of Vienna: New European political situation is set.
Congress of Vienna
1549
Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England.
Book of Common Prayer
721
Odo of Aquitaine defeats the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse.
Battle of Toulouse (721)
68
Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging.