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This Day in History: Dec. 9

1775 In the Battle of Great Bridge, fought in Chesapeake, Virginia , the Virginia militia defeats forces of the British governor.
1824 The last Spanish army to set foot on the continent is defeated by the combined forces of Peru and Colombia near Ayacucho, Peru.
1940 In World War II, British troops launch their first major offensive in North Africa.
1941 China declares war on Germany, Italy, and Japan.
1948 The UN General Assembly unanimously adopts a Convention on Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
1986 Students in China begin large-scale demonstrations for democracy.
1992 It is announced in Britain that Prince Charles and his wife, Diana, have agreed to separate.
The first U.S. troops arrive in famine-stricken Somalia as part of a UN-sanctioned force.

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