On this day: January 9

POSTED: 10:21 AM PST Jan 08, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 08, 2016 

The Beatles jump up the charts, Howard Hughes exposes his fake biographer, "The Phantom of the Opera" passes "Cats," and Apple introduces iTunes and the iPhone, years apart, all on this day.

OTD January 9 - Mahmoud Abbas
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2005: Mahmoud Abbas wins the election to succeed Yasser Arafat as president of the Palestinian National Authority. He replaced interim president Rawhi Fattouh, who had taken over temporarily after Arafat died in November 2004 until the election could be held.


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