On June 9 in

1870 Author Charles Dickens died in Gad's Hill Place, England.

1934 The first Walt Disney animated cartoon featuring Donald Duck, "The Wise Little Hen," was released.

1943 The federal government began withholding income tax from paychecks.

1953 Ninety-four people died when a tornado struck Worcester, Mass.

1969 The Senate confirmed Warren Burger to be the new chief justice of the United States, succeeding Earl Warren.

1973 Secretariat won the Belmont Stakes, becoming horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

1983 Britain's Conservatives, led by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, won a decisive election victory.

In The Star

June 9, 1939, in The Star: A letter to the editor from E. A. Darden takes note of the number of small loan and finance companies in Anniston — something like 15 or 16, he’s been told — and how they use “interest and handling charges” to keep unsophisticated borrowers in debt to them far beyond the value of the loan. Mr. Darden is asking elected leaders, including the local city commission, to join a campaign to “correct this situation.” Also this date: King Motor Co., 110 E. 11th St., is advertising a used car sale in which the buyer’s former car with title counts as first payment on one of the modern used cars being offered, e.g., 1937 Plymouth coupe, $447; 1933 Oldsmobile coupe, $237; or a Model A Ford, no year listed, just $97. 

June 9, 1989, in The Star: The Calhoun County Commission yesterday made official its intention that recycling be promoted in its offices. County departments must now save and sort aluminum cans and paper. Chairman Mike Rogers said the effort will begin as soon as the county can obtain burgundy recycling containers in an attempt to match the building’s décor.

Birthdays for June 9

Comedian Jackie Mason is 86. Media analyst Marvin Kalb is 84. Actor Joe Santos is 83. Sports commentator Dick Vitale is 75. Author Letty Cottin Pogrebin is 75. Mystery author Patricia Cornwell is 58. Actor Michael J. Fox is 53. Writer-producer Aaron Sorkin is 53. Actor Johnny Depp is 51. Actress Gloria Reuben is 50. Country musician Shade Deggs (Cole Deggs and the Lonesome) is 40. Bluegrass singer-musician Jamie Dailey (Dailey & Vincent) is 39. Actress Michaela Conlin is 36. Actress Natalie Portman is 33. Actress Mae Whitman is 26.

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