Historical Events on March 9

  • 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
  • 590 Bahram Chobin is crowned as King Barham VI of Persia.
  • 1009 First known written mention of Lithuania, in the annals of Quedlinburg
  • 1230 Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Asen II defeats Theodore of Epirus near the village of Klokotnitsa
  • 1276 Augsburg becomes an Imperial Free City
  • 1496 Jews are expelled from Carintha, Austria

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1497 Nicolaus Copernicus' 1st recorded astronomical observation

Astronomer and Mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus
Astronomer and Mathematician
Nicolaus Copernicus

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

1500 Pedro Álvares Cabral departs Lisbon, Portugal head of a 13 ship expedition to India

Papal VisitThe Protestant Reformation

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
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  • 1551 Emperor Karel appoints son Philip as heir to the throne
  • 1562 Kissing in public banned in Naples (punishable by death)
  • 1566 David Rizzio, the private secretary to Mary I of Scotland, is murdered in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1617 Sweden & Russia sign Peace of Stolbowa
  • 1640 Pierre Corneilles "Horace" premieres in Paris
  • 1642 English Queen Henriette Maria arrives in Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands
  • 1689 Thomas Shadwell appointed second English Poet Laureate by William and Mary after John Dryden refuses to swear The Oath allegiance

  • 1701 France, Cologne & Bavaria sign alliance
  • 1721 British Chancellor Exchequer John Aislabie confined in London Tower
  • 1741 British fleet under admiral Ogle begins assault on Cartagena
  • 1745 Bells for 1st American carillon shipped from England to Boston

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1765 After a public campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son had actually committed suicide.

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher

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1776 Publication of influential economics book "The Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith

Economist and Philosopher Adam Smith
Economist and Philosopher
Adam Smith
  • 1798 Dr George Balfour becomes 1st naval surgeon in the US navy
  • 1820 -11) Philippines chases out foreigners; about 125 die
  • 1822 Charles Graham of NY granted first US patent for artificial teeth
  • 1834 French Foreign Legion is founded.
  • 1839 Prussian government limits work week for children to 51 hours
  • 1841 US Supreme Court rules the kidnapped slaves from the Spanish schooner the Amistad are free

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1842 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco" premieres in Milan

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 1844 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Hernani" premieres in Venice
  • 1849 Carl Nikolais opera "Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor" premieres
  • 1856 Sigma Alpha Epsilon is founded in the Johnston Mansion House on the University of Alabama
  • 1858 Albert Potts of Philadelphia patents the street mailbox
  • 1860 1st Japanese ambassador arrives in San Francisco en route to Washington
  • 1861 Confederate currency authorized - $50, $100, $500, $1,000
  • 1862 USS Monitor and CSS Merrimack battle in Hampton Roads

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1864 Ulysses S. Grant is appointed commander of Union Army

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1864 26th Grand National: George Stevens aboard Emblematic wins
  • 1868 The opera "Hamlet" premieres in Paris
  • 1889 Battle at Gallabat (Metema): Mahdi's beat Abyssinian emperor John IV
  • 1889 Kansas passes 1st general antitrust law in US

  • 1891 Great Blizzard of 1891 begins in England (lasts until 13th March; 200 people and 6,000 animals killed)
  • 1893 Congo cannibals killed thousands of Arabs
  • 1895 Stanley Cup: Montreal Victorias awarded cup, as Queens University (Kingston Ont) loses to Montreal AAA, 5-1
  • 1897 Premiere of (parts of) Gustav Mahler's 3rd Symphony (Berlin)
  • 1897 Cleveland Spiders sign Louis Sockalexis, full-blooded Penobscot
  • 1897 Indians fans start calling the team "Indians" (in 1915 becomes official)
  • 1904 Brandon's Lester Patrick becomes 1st hockey defenseman to score a goal
  • 1907 1st involuntary sterilization law enacted, Indiana
  • 1907 Lady Gregory's "Rising of the Moon" premieres in Dublin
  • 1908 Italian football club Inter Milan founded as Foot-Ball Club Internazionale
  • 1914 Henry Colijn appointed as director of Bataafsche Petroleum Co

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1914 US Sen albert fall (Teapot Dome) demands "Cubanisation of Mexico"

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • 1916 Mexican General Francisco "Pancho" Villa invades US (18 killed)
  • 1916 Germany declares war against Portugal
  • 1918 Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party
  • 1918 Ukrainian mobs massacre Jews of Seredino Buda
  • 1918 Wageningen Agricultural College Neth opens
  • 1922 Eugene O'Neill's "Hairy Ape" premieres in NYC
  • 1922 KJR-AM in Seattle Washington begins radio transmissions
  • 1923 Amsterdam taxi strike ends
  • 1923 Elmer Rice's "Adding Machine" premieres in NYC
  • 1923 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens outscore Ottawa Senators, 3-2, in 2
  • 1924 South Slavia aproves Italy's annexation of Fiume (Rijeka)
  • 1925 Pink's War, the first RAF operation conducted independently of the Army or Navy, begins
  • 1926 Bertha Landes elected 1st woman mayor of Seattle
  • 1929 Marcel Pagnol's "Marius" premieres in Paris
  • 1932 Eamon De Valera becomes President of Ireland
  • 1932 Former Chinese emperor Henry Pu-Yi installed as head of Manchuria
  • 1933 Bulgarian communists Dimitrov, Popov & Vassili arrested in Berlin

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1933 US Congress is called into special session by FDR, beginning its "100 days"

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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1935 Adolf Hitler publically announces the creation of a new air force, the Luftwaffe

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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1936 Babe Ruth turns down Reds to make a comeback as a player

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1942 Construction of the Alaska Highway began
  • 1943 Delft opposition group-Pahud de Mortanges overthrown
  • 1943 Greek Jews of Salonika are transported to Nazi extermination camps
  • 1945 Japanese proclaim "independence" of Indo-China
  • 1946 Dutch troops land at Batavia/Semarang

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1946 Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican Baseball League, he refuses

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1947 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Gretchen Merrill
  • 1947 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button
  • 1948 Provisionary Indonesian government installed in Batavia
  • 1949 Brigadier General Edwin K Wright, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • 1949 England beat South Africa by scoring 174 runs in 94 minutes

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1950 Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC

Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton

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1951 Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam submit a classified paper at the Los Alamos lab, in which they proposed their revolutionary new design, staged implosion, for a practical megaton-range hydrogen bomb

Physicist Edward Teller
Edward Teller
  • 1952 Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title

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1953 Josef Stalin buried in Moscow

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
  • 1954 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)

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1954 Edward R Murrow criticizes Sen Joseph McCarthy (See it Now)

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • 1954 WMUR TV channel 9 in Manchester, NH (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956 Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus arrested & exiled to Seychelles
  • 1956 Weather forecasting phone line set up in London England
  • 1957 8.1 earthquake shakes Andreanof Islands, Alaska
  • 1957 4th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats South Carolina, 95-75
  • 1958 George Yardley (Pistons) is 1st NBAer to score 2,000 points in season
  • 1959 "Juno" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 1959 1st known radar contact is made with Venus
  • 1959 Barbie makes her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York. Over a billion have been sold worldwide since.
  • 1961 Soviet flight Sputnik 9 carries and returns from orbit a dog named Chernushka (Blackie), frogs and a guinea pig
  • 1961 Mine cave-in in Japan, kills 72
  • 1961 Supremes release "I Want A Guy" & "Never Again"

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1961 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1962 Egyptian President Nasser declares Gaza belongs to Palestinians
  • 1962 US advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight
  • 1963 Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez
  • 1964 1st Ford Mustang produced
  • 1964 Creighton's Paul Silas grabs Midwest record 27 rebounds against Okla
  • 1964 Supreme Court issues NY Times vs Sullivan decision, public officials must prove malice to claim libel & recover damages
  • 1966 Andrew Brimmer becomes 1st black governor of Federal Reserve Board

  • 1967 Svetlana Allilueva, Stalin's daughter, defected to the West
  • 1968 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up & Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4
  • 1968 15th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 87-50
  • 1971 J M Noreiga takes 9-95 WI v India at Port-of-Spain
  • 1971 Three off-duty Scottish soldiers are killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army; 4000 shipyard workers take to the streets to demand internment in response
  • 1972 Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
  • 1972 Four members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion at a house in Clonard Street, Lower Falls, Belfast
  • 1974 Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended
  • 1974 21st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 103-100 (OT)
  • 1975 "Lieutenant" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 1975 Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins.
  • 1977 Hanafi Muslims invade 3 buildings in Washington, D.C., siege ended Mar 11th
  • 1977 Adm Stansfield Turner, USN (Ret), becomes 12th director of CIA replacing acting director Knoche
  • 1978 Ice Dance Championship at Ottawa Canada won by Linichuk & Karponosov
  • 1978 Ice Pairs Championship at Ottawa won by Rodnina & Zaitsev (Soviet Union)
  • 1978 Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Anett Pötzsch (East Germany)
  • 1978 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Charles Tickner (USA)
  • 1979 Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters
  • 1979 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1980 Flemish and Walloon battle in Belgium, 40 injured
  • 1981 Dan Rather becomes primary anchorman of CBS-TV News

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

1981 7th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda & Goldie Hawn win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood
Actor and Director
Clint Eastwood
Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
  • 1983 Caryl Churchill's "Fen" premieres in London
  • 1983 Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo flees to Botswana
  • 1984 Emile Gumbs' Anguilla National Alliance wins elections

Music releaseMusic Single

1984 John Lennon single "Borrowed Time" released posthumously

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1984 Philadelphia 76'ers block 20 Seattle shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • 1984 Tim Witherspoon beats Greg Page in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1984 The Competitive Enterprise Institute in founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1985 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Katarina Witt (East Germany)
  • 1985 26th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Auburn beats Alabama, 53-49
  • 1986 16th Easter Seal Telethon raises $30,100,000
  • 1986 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • 1986 NASA announces searchers found remains of Challenger astronauts
  • 1986 Soviet probe Vega 2 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,030 km
  • 1986 33rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Georgia Tech, 68-67
  • 1987 Chrysler Corp offered to buy American Motors Corp for $1 billion

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1988 President Reagan presides at unveiling of Knute Rockne stamp

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

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1988 Actress Audrey Hepburn is appointed a UNICEF Special Ambassador (Goodwill Ambassador 1989)

  • 1989 Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy

  • 1989 Roger Kingdom runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.36 sec)

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1989 US Senate rejects President George H. W. Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1989 Soviet Union officially submits to jurisdiction of the World Court
  • 1989 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1990 Dr Antonia Novello sworn-in as 1st Hispanic and female US Surgeon General
  • 1991 "Les Miserables" opens at Lyric Theatre, Brisbane
  • 1991 5th American Comedy Award: Dennis Wolfberg
  • 1991 Joe Dumaars (Detroit) begins NBA free throw streak of 62 games
  • 1991 US 70th manned space mission STS 39 (Discovery 12) launches into orbit

Music awardsMusic Awards

1993 7th Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige win

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
  • 1993 Pittsburgh Penguins begin NHL record 17 game winning streak

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1993 Rodney King in Simi Valley court says he thinks he heard cops yell racial slurs

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 1994 IRA launch 1st of 3 mortar attacks on London's Heathrow Airport
  • 1995 Baseball awards a franchise to Tampa Bay Devil Rays
  • 1995 Mexican peso worth 7.55 pesos to a dollar (record)
  • 1995 President Konstantine Karamanlis (88) of Greece, resigns
  • 1996 Javed Miandad's last international in Pakistan's Cricket World Cup Quater Final loss to India

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1996 Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya hammers 82 off 44 balls (13x4 3x6) v England in Cricket World Cup Quarter Final

  • 1996 NASA space shuttle STS-75 (Columbia 19) lands
  • 1997 44th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 North Carolina beats NC State, 64-54
  • 1997 38th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 95-68

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2002 Joe Sakic plays his 1,000th career game

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2006 Liquid water is discovered on Enceladus, the sixth largest moon of Saturn
  • 2007 The US Justice Department releases an internal audit that found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had acted illegally in its use of the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about US citizens
  • 2011 Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights
  • 2012 Senior members of hacking group Lulz Sec are arrested, including one member of the FBI, in the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland
  • 2013 19 people are killed in two suicide bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • 2013 Asteroid 2013 ET comes within 960,000 km from the Earth’s surface
  • 2013 Bernard Hopkins defeats Tavoris Cloud to win IBF light heavyweight title

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2015 US President Barack Obama signs an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat to the US

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2016 Eighth Democratic presidential candidates debate hosted by Univision and the Washington Post and held in Miami, Florida
  • 2016 EU Migrant Crisis: Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia close their borders to migrants trying to reach Northern Europe