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On December the 9th
Lech Walesa became the first elected president of Poland.
The First Intifada began in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
Tanganyika became independent from Britain. It was an East African republic which in 1964 united with the island of Zanzibar to form the nation of Tanzania.
In the wake of strong anti-Communism in the United States, the General Electric company, announced that all communist employees would be discharged from the company.
American actor, John Malkovich, was born in Illinois.
American actor, Michael Dorn, was born in Texas. He is best known for his role as the Klingon Worf in several of the Star Trek television series and movies.
American general, George S. Patton, was heavily injured in an automobile crash in occupied Germany. He died twelve days later as a result of his injuries.
Russian writer, Dmitry Merezhkovsky, died at the age of 76. He was one of the most prominent figures of the eminent ideologues of Russian Symbolism movement.
American actor, Kirk Douglas, was born in New York.
In France, a law was passed which separated church and state.
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