On This Day

On This Day in History for March 9 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1980 Flemish and Walloon battle in Belgium, 40 injured
  • 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
  • 1984 The Competitive Enterprise Institute is founded in Washington, D.C.
  • 1986 16th Easter Seal Telethon raises $30,100,000
  • 1986 NASA announces searchers found remains of Challenger astronauts
  • 1986 Soviet probe Vega 2 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,030 km
  • 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
  • 1989 Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy

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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 US 70th manned space mission STS 39 (Discovery 12) launches into orbit

  • 1994 IRA launch 1st of 3 mortar attacks on London's Heathrow Airport
  • 1995 Mexican peso worth 7.55 pesos to a dollar (record)
  • 1995 President Konstantine Karamanlis (88) of Greece, resigns
  • 1996 NASA space shuttle STS-75 (Columbia 19) lands
  • 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

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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

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2020 Italy announces it is locking down the whole country due to a spike in COVID-19 cases with 10,040 cases and 630 deaths

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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  • 2020 National one-day women's strike held in Mexico to protest high rates of femicide (more than 10 women murdered every day)
  • 2021 Brazil records its highest daily COVID-19 death toll to date of 1,972 deaths with 168,370 deaths overall

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2021 Queen Elizabeth II publicly expresses "concern" after Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex interview, saying allegations including of racism with be dealt with privately

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • 2021 China and Russia agree to build a research station on or around the Moon and collaborate on lunar missions, in move that could start another space race

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