March 9

TODAY IN HISTORY:

1793 – Jean Pierre Blanchard made the first balloon flight in North America. The event was witnessed by President George Washington.

1820 – Congress passed the Land Act that paved the way for westward expansion of North America.

1822 – False teeth were patented by Charles M. Graham.

1832 – Abraham Lincoln announced that he would run for a political office for the first time. He was unsuccessful in his run for a seat in the Illinois state legislature.

1859 – The National Association of Baseball Players adopted the rule that limited the size of bats to no more than 2-1/2 inches in diameter.

1897 – A patent was issued to William Spinks and William Hoskins for cue chalk.

1929 – Eric Krenz became the first athlete to toss the discus over 160 feet.

1949 – The first all-electric dining car was placed in service on the Illinois Central Railroad.

1954 – WNBT-TV (now WNBC-TV), in New York, NY, broadcast the first local color television commercials. The ad was for Castro Decorators of New York, NY.

1959 – Mattel introduced the Barbie doll at the annual Toy Fair in New York, NY.

1964 – The first Mustang rolled off the Ford assembly line.

1969 – TV’s “The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour” was canceled by CBS.

1975 – Work began on the Alaskan oil pipeline.

1976 – Hot air balloon flights over Michigan become legal. It had been against the law to sell and use hot air balloons in Michigan since 1931.

1981 – Dan Rather made his debut as anchor of TV’s “The CBS Evening News”.

1985 – “Gone With The Wind” went on sale in video stores across the U.S. for the first time.

1986 – U.S. Navy divers found the Space Shuttle Challenger crew compartment along with the remains of the astronauts.

1987 – Chrysler Corporation offered to buy American Motors Corporation.

1989 – A strike forced Eastern Airlines into bankruptcy.

1989 – President George H.W. Bush urged for a mandatory death penalty in drug-related killings.

1990 – Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in as the first female and Hispanic surgeon general.

1993 – In California, Rodney King testified at the federal trial of four Los Angeles police officers accused of violating his civil rights.

1995 – Los Angeles, CA police detective Mark Fuhrman testified in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

1997 – Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, 24, was killed in a still unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, CA.

2004 – John Muhammad was sentenced to death for his role in the 2002 sniper shootings in the Washington, DC area.

2005 – After 24 years, Dan Rather signed off as the anchor of TV’s “CBS Evening News”.

2005 – Dave Matthews Band tour bus driver Stefan Wohl pleaded guilty to charges of reckless conduct and discharging contaminates to cause water pollution. The previous August he had emptied his vehicle’s septic tank while driving across the open grating deck of the Kinzie Street bridge onto a boat on the Chicago River. He was sentenced to 18 months probation and 150 hours of community service.

2011 – The Space Shuttle Discovery made its final landing after 39 flights.

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Lloyd Price – 85 years old (1933) – Singer (“Lawdy Miss Clawdy”, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998)

Joyce Van Patten – 84 years old (1934) – Actress (“Grown Ups”)

Mickey Gilley – 82 years old (1936) – Country singer

Jim Colbert – 77 years old (1941) – Golfer

Trish Van Devere – 77 years old (1941) – Actress (“One Is a Lonely Number”, “The Changeling”)

Mark Lindsay – 76 years old (1942) – Singer (Paul Revere & the Raiders)

Charles Gibson – 75 years old (1943) – TV anchor (TV’s “Good Morning America”, ABC’s “World News with Charles Gibson”)

Jaime Lyn Bauer – 69 years old (1949) – Actress (TV’s “The Young and the Restless”, “Days of Our Lives”, “Bare Essence”, movies “Centerfold Girls”, “Young Doctors in Love”)

Andy North – 68 years old (1950) – Golfer

Michael Kinsley – 67 years old (1951) – Journalist (TV’s “Crossfire”). Born in Detroit, MI.

Linda Fiorentino – 58 years old (1960) – Actress (“Final Seduction”, “Men in Black”, “Dogma”, “Where the Money Is”, “Liberty Stands Still”)

Juliette Binoche – 54 years old (1964) – Actress (“Chocolat”)

Emmanuel Lewis – 47 years old (1971) – Actor (TV’s “Webster”, “The Surreal Life”)

Jean Louisa Kelly – 46 years old (1972) – Actress (“Uncle Buck”, “The Fantasticks”, “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, TV’s “Yes, Dear”)

Kerr Smith – 46 years old (1972) – Actor (TV’s “Dawson’s Creek”, movie “My Bloody Valentine 3D”)

Aaron Boone – 45 years old (1973) – Baseball player, analyst (TV’s “ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball”, “Baseball Tonight”)

Oscar Isaac – 39 years old (1979) – Actor (“Ex Machina”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “A Most Violent Year”, “Inside Llewyn Davis”, TV’s “Show Me a Hero”)

Matthew Gray Gubler – 38 years old (1980) – Actor (TV’s “Criminal Minds”, voice of Simon in “Alvin and the Chipmunks”)

Brittany Snow – 32 years old (1986) – Actress (“Hairspray,” “Harry’s Law”, “Prom Night”, “John Tucker Must Die”, “The Pacifier”, TV’s “American Dreams”)

Bow Wow – 31 years old (1987) – Rapper, actor (“Johnson Family Vacation”, “Like Mike”)

 

TODAY IS:

Barbie Day

Crabmeat Day

False Teeth Day

Get Over It Day

Meatball Day

Middle Name Pride Day

Panic Day

 

For additional information check out websites like: www.on-this-day.comwww.born-today.com, www.famousbirthdays.com, and www.daysoftheyear.com.

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