December 09

This Day in History

2004

Most Expensive Piece of Furniture Auctioned

"On this day in 2004, the Badminton Cabinet sold at auction for a record US$36.7 million, making it the most expensive piece of furniture in the world. The chest was originally commissioned in … (more...)

1987

Intifada Begins on Gaza Strip

The first riots of the Palestinian intifada, or "shaking" in Arabic, begin in the Gaza Strip, occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967. The uprising soon spread to the Israeli-occupied West … (more...)

1898

First Man-Eating Lion of Tsavo Killed

"On this day in 1898, John Henry Patterson killed a three metre-long lion, who together with a second lion, had reportedly killed and devoured 135 construction workers near the Tsavo River in Kenya. … (more...)