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1988President Reagan presides at unveiling of Knute Rockne stamp

1844Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Hernani" premieres in Venice

1935Adolf Hitler announces the creation of a new air force.

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

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

1776Publication of the economics book The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.

19937th Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige win

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

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

1933Congress is called into special session by FDR, & began its "100 days"

2002Joe Sakic plays his 1,000th career game

1953Josef Stalin buried in Moscow

1765After 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.

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

19817th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda & Goldie Hawn win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

1497Nicolaus Copernicus' 1st recorded astronomical observation

1997Steve Elkington wins Doral-Ryder Golf Open

1989US Senate rejects President Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary

1951Edward 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

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

March 9th Historical Events
Date Event
141
Liu Che, posthumously known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumes the throne over the Han Dynasty of China. Rules for 54 years 
BC
AD
590
Bahram Chobin is crowned as king Barham VI of Persia. 
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 
1497
Nicolaus Copernicus' 1st recorded astronomical observation 
1500
Pedro Cabral departs with 13 ships to India 
1522
-16] Marten Luther begins preaching his Invocavit Sermons in German city of Wittenberg 
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 Mary arrives in Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands 
1701
France, Cologne & Bavaria sign alliance 
1721
English Chancellor Exchequer John Aislabie confined in London Tower 
1741
English fleet under admiral Ogle begins assault on Cartagena 
1745
Bells for 1st American carillon shipped from England to Boston 
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. 
1776
Publication of the economics book The Wealth of Nations by 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 
1842
Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Nabucco" premieres in Milan 
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 SF en route to Washington 
1861
Confederate currency authorized-$50, $100, $500, $1,000 
1862
USS Monitor and CSS Merrimack battle in Hampton Roads 
1864
Ulysses S. Grant is appointed commander of Union Army 
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 
1893
Congo cannibals killed 1000s 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
Inter Milan is founded. 
1914
Henry Colijn appointed as director of Bataafsche Petroleum Co 
1914
US Sen Albert Fall (Teapot Dome) demands "Cubanisation of Mexico" 
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 ended 
1923
Elmer Rice's "Adding Machine" premieres in NYC 
1923
NHL Championship: Mont 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 
1933
Congress is called into special session by FDR, & began its "100 days" 
1935
Adolf Hitler announces the creation of a new air force. 
1936
Babe Ruth turns down Reds to make a comeback as a player 
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
334 US B-29 Superfortresses attack Tokyo with 120,000 fire bomb 
1945
Japanese proclaim "independence" of Indo-China 
1946
Dutch troops land at Batavia/Semarang 
1946
Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican Baseball League, he refuses 
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 Gen Edwin K Wright, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA 
1949
England beat South Africa by scoring 174 runs in 94 minutes 
1950
Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC 
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 
1952
Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title 
1953
Josef Stalin buried in Moscow 
1954
1st local color TV coml WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators) 
1954
Edward R Murrow criticizes Sen Joseph McCarthy (See it Now) 
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 
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, the popular girls' doll, debuted, over 800 million sold 
1961
1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9 
1961
Mine cave-in in Japan, kills 72 
1961
Sputnik 9 carries Chernushka (dog) into orbit 
1961
Supremes release "I Want A Guy" & "Never Again" 
1962
Egyptian Pres 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 
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 
1975
"Lieutenant" opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 9 performances 
1975
Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins. 
1976
1st female cadets accepted to West Point Military Academy 
1976
Islander Glenn Resch's 10th shut-out opponent-Blues 4-0 
1977
Hanafi Muslims invade 3 buildings in Wash DC, 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 (URS) 
1978
Ladies Figure Skating Champions in Ottawa won by Anett Potzsch (GDR) 
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 Muruora Island 
1980
Flemish/Walloon battles in Belgium, 40 injured 
1980
Joanne Carner wins LPGA Sunstar '80 Golf Tournament 
1981
Dan Rather becomes primary anchorman of CBS-TV News 
1981
7th People's Choice Awards: Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda & Goldie Hawn win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV) 
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
John Lennon single "Borrowed Time" released posthumously 
1984
Phila 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 (GDR) 
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 
1987
Chrysler Corp offered to buy American Motors Corp for $1 billion 
1988
President Reagan presides at unveiling of Knute Rockne stamp 
1989
Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy 
1989
Roger Kingdom runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.36 sec) 
1989
US Senate rejects President Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary 
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/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 
1993
7th Soul Train Music Awards: Michael Jackson, Mary J. Blige win 
1993
Pittsburgh Penguins begin NHL record 17 game winning streak 
1993
Rodney King in court says he thinks he heard cops yell racial slurs 
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 Pak's WC QF loss to India 
1996
Jayasuriya hammers 82 off 44 balls (13x4 3x6) v England in WC QF 
1996
STS 75 (Columbia 19), lands 
1997
Senior Golf Slam 
1997
Steve Elkington wins Doral-Ryder Golf Open 
2002
Joe Sakic plays his 1,000th career game 
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 
2016
Former WADA president rips Maria Sharapova: 'How stupid can you be?' 
2016
Kremlin says Sharapova doping case doesn't reflect Russia 
2016
Europe's deal with Turkey fails to deter migrant attempts for now 
2016
US serves up Korean rocket salad in war drill response to North's nuclear threats 
2016
Palestinian attacks surge during Biden visit to Israel 
2016
Study links Zika virus to brain inflammation 
2016
North Korea fires two short-range missiles into sea - Yonhap 
2016
Biden, Netanyahu discuss Iran, Islamic State, Syria in Jerusalem meeting 
2016
New York to expand free Zika testing to pregnant women 
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