March 9th Today in Worldwide History

Today’s Important Historical Events

141 BC Liu Che, posthumously known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumes the throne of the Han Dynasty in China and rules for 54 years

1522 Martin Luther begins preaching his “Invocavit Sermons” in the German city of Wittenberg, reminding citizens to trust God’s word rather than violence and thus helping bring to a close the revolutionary stage of the Reformation

1776 Adam Smith publishes the influential economics book “The Wealth of Nations”

1918 Russian Bolshevik Party becomes the Communist Party

1933 US Congress is called into special session by President Franklin D Roosevelt, beginning its “100 days”

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

Today’s Historical Events

141 BC Liu Che, posthumously known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumes the throne of the Han Dynasty in China and rules for 54 years

590 Bahram Chobin is crowned as King Barham VI of Persia

1009 First known written mention of Lithuania, in the annals of Quedlinburg

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 Álvares Cabral departs Lisbon, Portugal at the head of a 13 ship expedition to India that will also claim Brazil for Portugal

Today’s Historical Events in Flim and TV

1933 “42nd Street” a musical film revolving around rehearsals for a Broadway show, directed by Lloyd Bacon, with choreography by Busby Berkeley, and songs by Harry Warren and by Al Dubin, premieres at the Strand, NYC; later adapted as a stage musical

1954 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)

1954 WMUR TV channel 9 in Manchester, NH (ABC) begins broadcasting

1961 The Supremes release singles “I Want A Guy” and “Never Again”

1979 “The Passage”, directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Anthony Quinn, is released in the United States

1981 7th People’s Choice Awards: Clint EastwoodJane Fonda & Goldie Hawn win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Carol Burnett win (TV)

1981 Dan Rather becomes primary anchorman of CBS-TV News

Today’s Historical Events in Music

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

1868 The opera “Hamlet” by Ambroise Thomas premieres in Paris

1897 Premiere of (parts of) Gustav Mahler‘s 3rd Symphony, in Berlin, Germany

1930 Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht‘s satirical opera “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” premieres in Leipzig, Germany

1959 “Juno” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 16 performances

1959 The Coasters’ single “Charlie Brown” peaks at #2 on the Billboard Top 100

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1864 26th Grand National: George Stevens wins his 3rd GN aboard 10/1 Emblematic; winning mare’s full sister Emblem the race winner the previous year

1870 32nd Grand National: George Stevens wins consecutive GN’s aboard 7/2 favourite The Colonel; his 5th and final GN victory

1895 Stanley Cup, Victoria Rink, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Victorias clinches trophy as Montreal HC beats Queens University (Kingston, Ontario), 5-1

1897 Cleveland Indians fans start calling the team “Indians” (in 1915 becomes official)

1897 MLB Cleveland Spiders sign Louis Sockalexis, full-blooded Penobscot

1904 Brandon’s Lester Patrick becomes 1st hockey defenseman to score a goal

1908 Italian football club Inter Milan founded as Foot-Ball Club Internazionale

1923 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens outscore Ottawa Senators, 3-2, in 2


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