July 9, 1777–> NY elects its First Governor
New York’s first elected governor without a doubt possessed the funk. On this very day, Brigadier General George Clinton was elected as the first official major of New York. Clinton, not pictured above but above that, would go on to become to become New York’s longest tenured governor, along with the longest tenured governor in the US. He sered to separate terms from 1777-1795 and 1801-1804. Fun fact he was super anit-Vermont too, which is such a non-random thing to be against. The land was disputed between NY and NH, having been settled by NH residents but being granted to NY by the throne. New York moved in and voided property claims under NH law, and the famous Green Mountain Boys were simply not having that. In 1777 Vermont became an independent state, although they were not admitted to the Union until 1791 because of, guess who? The first governor or New York.
July 9, 1846–> US Captures Yerba Buena
The northernmost point of the Spanish, then Mexican, reach in the US the small outpost of Yerba Buena, now known as San Francisco, was occupied by the US and would stay that way, meeting no resistance from the locals. In 1835 the US gov’t offered to buy the land at the northeastern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, but Mexico declined. about ten years later (July 9, 1846 in case you forgot). Hindsight is 20/20, as some people apparently say… US Naval Captain John Montgomery literally walked through the town and claimed the small trading post as US territory, planting a flag in the main square. Years later the population would explode due the Gold Rush, and I’ve heard it’s a nice place, I’m getting word now that people seem to have stayed out there over the years…
July 9, 1915–> Germany Surrenders Southwest Africa
The Union of South Africa accepted a surrender from the Germans during the first World War. The Union, established in 1910 in an act of British parliament, without hesitation gave its support to the Allies. Looking to expand their borders, aiding a British invasion of German occupied Southwest Africa, was the perfect way to do that. Some in South Africa were still salty at the British over the Boer War in 1899, but nevertheless the operation was successful, with the help of the South African Defense Force (~50,000 men), was finished in about six months, ending with German surrender on this very day. Sixteen days later, South Africa annexed the territory. Hats off to everyone who has gotten what they’ve wanted!