The Indian Territorial Army was inaugurated; Google bought Youtube, and more

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On October 9, 2012, women’s rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai was shot three times by Taliban terrorists as she walked home from school.

On October 9, 1949, the Indian Territorial Army was officially inaugurated by India’s first Governor General, C Rajagopalachari. Originally created by the British through the Indian Territorial Act of 1920, the Territorial Army consists of volunteers who receive limited military training for their services in times of national emergency.

On the same day in 2006, Google of Alphabet Inc announced the purchase of video streaming platform YouTube for a then colossal sum of $1.65 billion. Today, the amount may seem less as it now equates to WhatsApp worth around 13 YouTubes, but back then it was a mind-boggling figure to pay for a year-and-a-half-old start-up. At the time, some analysts and competitors considered Google to be overpaying.

Here are some historic events that make October 9 a special day in world history.


US President Franklin D Roosevelt approved the atomic program that would become the Manhattan Project during World War II.


The famous Indian musician and maestro of the sarod Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was born.


The first Afghan presidential election took place after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.


Tech giant Google has officially announced the acquisition of YouTube for $1.65 billion.


German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has won his second consecutive Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship title.


Women’s rights and education activist Malala Yousafzai was shot three times by a Taliban gunman as she boarded her school bus in northwest Pakistan. She survived the attack and has since become a leading voice for women’s rights and girls’ education around the world.


Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Company after multiple allegations of sexual abuse.


American economist Richard Thaler received the Nobel Prize in Economics.


The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to John B. Goodenough, Mr. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries. Goodenough became the oldest Nobel laureate at the age of 97.

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