- 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 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 from orbit a dog named Chernushka (Blackie), frogs and a guinea pig
Barbie makes her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York. Over a billion have been sold worldwide since.
On March 9, 1959
Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended
On March 9, 1974
- 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