About March 9

March 9, 2020 is the 69th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 297 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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Pisces is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Aquamarine is the modern birthstone for this month. Jade is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 340 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On March 9

  • 141 BC
    Liu Che, posthumously known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumes the throne over the Han Dynasty of China.
  • 1009
    First known mention of Lithuania, in the annals of the monastery of Quedlinburg.
  • 1230
    Bulgarian tsar Ivan Asen II defeats Theodore of Epirus in the Battle of Klokotnitsa.
  • 1500
    The fleet of Pedro Alvares Cabral leaves Lisbon for the Indies. The fleet will discover Brazil which lies within boundaries granted to Portugal in the Treaty of Tordesillas.
  • 1566
    David Rizzio, private secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots, is murdered in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • 1765
    After a 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 may have actually committed suicide.
  • 1811
    Paraguayan forces defeat Manuel Belgrano at the Battle of Tacuarí.
  • 1842
    Giuseppe Verdi’s third opera, Nabucco, receives its première performance in Milan; its success establishes Verdi as one of Italy’s foremost opera writers.
  • 1847
    Mexican-American War: The first large-scale amphibious assault in U.S. history is launched in the Siege of Veracruz.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The USS Monitor and Ship CSS fight to a draw in the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first battle between two ironclad warships.
  • 1896
    Prime Minister Francesco Crispi resigns following the Italian defeat at the Battle of Adowa.
  • 1910
    The Westmoreland County Coal Strike, involving 15,000 coal miners represented by the United Mine Workers, begins.
  • 1925
    Pink’s War: The first Royal Air Force operation conducted independently of the British Army or Royal Navy begins.
  • 1944
    World War II: Japanese troops counter-attack American forces on Hill 700 in Bougainville in a battle that would last five days.
  • 1961
    Sputnik 9 successfully launches, carrying a human dummy nicknamed Ivan Ivanovich, and demonstrating that Soviet Union was ready to begin human spaceflight.
  • 1967
    Trans World Airlines Flight 553, a Douglas DC-9-15, crashes in a field in Concord Township, Ohio following a mid-air collision with a Beechcraft Baron, killing 26.
  • 1976
    Forty-two people die in the 1976 Cavalese cable-car disaster, the worst cable-car accident to date.
  • 1990
    Dr. Antonia Novello is sworn in as Surgeon General of the United States, becoming the first female and Hispanic American to serve in that position.
  • 2010
    The first same-sex marriages in Washington, D.C., take place.
  • 2011
    Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights.

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