March 09: This Day That Year

March 09

- 1454 - Birthday: Amerigo Vespucci, Italian explorer (from whose name the term "America" is derived), born in Florence, Italy.

- 1562 - Italy: Kissing in public banned in Naples (punishable by death).

- 1891 - Great Blizzard of 1891 began in England, Kills 200+ people and 6,000+ animals in 4 days.

- 1932 - Ireland: Eamon De Valera became President.

- 1932 - Former Chinese emperor Henry Pu-Yi became head of Manchuria.

- 1935 - Adolf Hitler announced the creation of a new air force (the Luftwaffe).

- 1945 - Japan: 334 US Boeing B-29 Superfortresses attacked Tokyo & dropped 120,000 fire bombs.

- 1959 - USA: Barbie introduced at the American Toy Fair in New York. Over a billion have been sold worldwide since 1959.

- 1961 - Soviet flight (Sputnik 9) carries a dog named Chernushka (Blackie), frogs and a guinea pig and returns from orbit.

- 1962 - Egyptian President Gamal Abdel declared that Gaza belongs to Palestinians.

- 1964 - US: 1st Ford Mustang produced.

- 1987 - Chrysler Corp offered $1 billion to buy American Motors Corp.

- 1994 - Irish Republican Army (IRA) launched 1st of 3 mortar attacks on London's Heathrow Airport.

- 2013 - Afghanistan: 19 people were killed in two suicide bombings in Kabul.

- 2015 - US President Barack Obama signs an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat.

- 2020 - Italy announced lock down of the entire country due to spike in COVID-19 cases with 10,040 cases and 630 deaths.

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