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March 9 – Today In History

We take a look at some of the events that occurred on March 9th.

Today In …

1841 - The Supreme Court ruled in the Amistad case, advising that the captives on the ship had been taken illegally.

1862 - The USS Monitor fought the CSS Virginia during the Civil War in Hampton Roads, Virginia. This was the first time two ironclad ships had battled.

1959 - Mattel’s Barbie made her debut!

1964 - The Ford Mustang made its debut!

Sharing A Birthday Today…

Juliette Binoche the Academy Award winning actress of “The English Patient” and “Chocolat” was born in 1964.

Brian Bosworth former pro football player was born in 1965.

Bow Wow the rapper and actor was born in 1987.

Linda Fiorentino the actress who starred in “Dogma” and “Men in Black” was born in 1960.

Will Geer best known for his role as Grandpa/Zeb Walton on TV’s “The Waltons” was born in 1902.

Charles Gibson the journalist and ABC news anchor was born in 1943.

Mickey Gilley the singer of “Room Full of Roses” and “Stand By Me” was born in 1936.

Raul Julia the actor who starred in “The Addams Family” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman” was born in 1940.

Emmanuel Lewis best known for his role in the TV show “Webster” was born in 1971.

Mark Lindsay of the rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders was born in 1942.

Kato Kaelin actor and everyone’s favorite houseguest was born in 1959.

Keely Smith the singer of “Ol’ Black Magic” was born in 1932.

Kerr Smith from TV’s “Charmed” was born in 1972.

Mickey Spillane the author of the Mike Hammer novels was born in 1918.

Amerigo Vespucci the renowned explorer was born in 1454.

We Said Goodbye To…

George Burns the legendary actor/comedian/entertainer who starred with his wife Gracey Allen on TV’s “Burns and Allen” passed away in 1996 at the age of 100.

Alexander Carlisle the renowned Irish ship builder and designer of the Olympic and her sister ship, Titanic, passed away in 1926 at the age of 71.

Chris LeDoux the singer/entertainer behind the song “Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy” passed away in 2005 at the age of 56.

Terry Nation one of the writers/co-creators of the “Dr. Who” series passed away in 1997 at the age of 66.

The Notorious B.I.G. a.k.a. Christopher Wallace was killed in 1997 at the age of 24.

Robert Pastorelli the actor who appeared in the film “Michael” and on TV’s “Murphy Brown” passed away in 2004 at the age of 49.

Maria Ann Smith the person behind Granny Smith Apples passed away in 1870 at the age of 69.

Top Of The Charts On This Day In…

1959 - “Venus” by Frankie Avalon
1984 - On The Country Charts – “My Only Love” by the Statler Brothers
1985 - “Can’t Fight This Feeling” by REO Speedwagon
2005 - On The Country Charts – “Bring on the Rain” by Jo Dee Messina

Musical Moments In…

1987 - U2’s “Joshua Tree” was released.

TV Moments In…

1954 - Edward R. Murrow reported on Senator Joseph McCarthy.

1976 - The nighttime drama “Family” debuted. The series starred Kristy McNichol and Meredith Baxter.

2005 - CBS news anchor Dan Rather signed off for the final time.

Famous Marriages

1796 - Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais.

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