The events happened on 9th January are :
2005 : Election of Mahmoud Abbas : Mahmoud Abbas, who was a founder of Fatah in the 1950s and had served briefly as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 2003 under Yāsir ʿArafāt, was elected president of the PA on this day in 2005.
2001 : Australian scientists said that analysis of DNA taken from 60,000-year-old local human remains showed no links with human ancestors from Africa, suggesting that Africa was not the only site of the genesis of the human species.
1908 : Simone de Beauvoir, French writer and feminist who gave a literary transcription to the themes of existentialism, was born in Paris.
1861 : Mississippi became the second U.S. state (after South Carolina) to secede from the Union, in the run-up to the American Civil War.
1839 : Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre of France proclaimed his invention of the daguerreotype, the first commercially successful form of photography.
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