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3/9/2023 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - March 9

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Today in History in 1862 the USS Monitor and CSS Merrimack battled in Hampton Roads; in 1953 Josef Stalin was buried in Moscow; and in 1989 Eastern Airlines filed for bankruptcy.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 141 BC - Liu Che, posthumously known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumes the throne over the Han Dynasty of China. Rules for 54 years
  • 1497 - Nicolaus Copernicus' 1st recorded astronomical observation
  • 1522 - -16] Marten Luther begins preaching his Invocavit Sermons in German city of Wittenberg
  • 1776 - Publication of the economics book The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.
  • 1862 - USS Monitor and CSS Merrimack battle in Hampton Roads
  • 1864 - Ulysses S. Grant is appointed commander of Union Army
  • 1918 - Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party
  • 1933 - Congress is called into special session by FDR, & began its "100 days"
  • 1953 - Josef Stalin buried in Moscow
  • 1957 - 8.1 earthquake shakes Andreanof Islands, Alaska
  • 1961 - 1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9
  • 1988 - President Reagan presides at unveiling of Knute Rockne stamp
  • 1989 - Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1918 - Mickey Spillane, [Frank], Brooklyn NY, mystery writer (I the Jury)
  • 1920 - Carl Betz, Pitts, actor (Alex Stone-Donna Reed Show)
  • 1934 - Joyce Van Patten, Queens NY, actress (Good Guys, Don Rickles Show)
  • 1934 - Yuri Gagarin, Russia, cosmonaut, 1st man into space (aboard Vostok 1)
  • 1940 - Raul Julia, PR, actor (Addams Family, Kiss of the Spider Woman)
  • 1943 - Bobby Fischer, US, world chess champion (1972-75)

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1992 - Menachem Begin, PM Israel (1977-80, 81-83, Nobel 1979), dies at 85
  • 1993 - Bob Crosby, swing-era bandleader (Bobcats), dies of cancer at 79
  • 1996 - George Burns, American actor and singer (b. 1896)
  • 1997 - The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper shot dead at 24
  • 2005 - Chris LeDoux, American country singer (b. 1948)

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