Following are some of the major events to have occurred on January 9:
1953 – A South Korean passenger ferry sank off Pusan with the loss of 349 lives.
1985 – U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy visits banned Winnie Mandela in Brandfort.
1987 – Joint U.S., Thailand weapons stockpile agreement signed.
1991 – Black pupils admitted to white schools in South Africa.
1996 – Chechen rebels seized 2,000 hostages in a southern Russian town and threatened to kill them if their demands were not met.
1998 – Russian cosmonauts complete record-breaking spacewalk outside Mir space station.
2005 – Sudan’s Islamist government and southern rebels signed a peace agreement on ending Africa’s longest-running civil war, which had dragged on for 21 years.
2007 – Carlo Ponti, one of Italy’s best-known film producers and the husband of actress Sophia Loren, died. He was 94.
2007 – Apple’s Steve Jobs introduces original iPhone.
2009 – Motorola presents world’s first certified carbon-free phone.
2012 – Chefs in Brussels break world record for throwing chefs hats in air.