What Happened on March 9

Significant Events

  • 141 BC Liu Che, posthumously known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumes the throne of the Han Dynasty in China and rules for 54 years
  • 1522 Martin Luther begins preaching his "Invocavit Sermons" in the German city of Wittenberg, reminding citizens to trust God's word rather than violence and thus helping bring to a close the revolutionary stage of the Reformation
  • 1776 Publication of the influential economics book "The Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith
  • 1918 Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party
  • 1933 US Congress is called into special session by FDR, beginning its "100 days"
  • 1961 Soviet flight Sputnik 9 carries and returns a dog named Chernushka (Blackie), frogs and a guinea pig from orbit
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Did You Know?

Barbie makes her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York. Over a billion have been sold worldwide since.

On March 9, 1959

Famous Weddings

  • 1796 French Leader Napoléon Bonaparte (26) marries 1st wife Joséphine de Beauharnais (32), changing her name from Rose
  • 1902 Composer Gustav Mahler marries Alma Schindler in Vienna
  • 1985 Actors Laura Johnson (Falcon Crest) & Harry Hamlin (LA Law) wed
  • 2007 Actor-director Prem (28) weds actress Rakshita (23) at Raja Rajeshwarinagar in Bangalore
  • 2007 Model and actress Erika Heynatz (30) weds finance broker Andrew Kingston at Whale Beach retreat
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