March 9: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On March 9, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The Gregorian calendar’s sixty-eighth day (sixty-ninth in leap years) marks the anniversary of the first documented gold discovery in California at Rancho San Francisco, as well as the first appearance of the Barbie doll at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

Pisces is the zodiac sign for March 9th. Bobby Fischer, Brittany Snow, Bow Wow, and Morgan Rielly are all born on March 9th. National Barbie Day and National Meatball Day are both celebrated on March 9th.


(March 09, 1862)
The ironclads Monitor and Virginia (previously Merrimack) battled in the harbour of Hampton Roads, Virginia, on this day in 1862, during the American Civil War, ushering in a new era of naval warfare.


(March 09, 1943)
Bobby Fischer, an American chess master, was born in Chicago.

(March 09, 1959)
Mattel, Inc. produced Barbie, a toy doll that became an international hit despite criticism.

(March 09, 1996)
George Burns, an American comedian and actor who had a 93-year career in show business that featured a successful comedic act with his wife, Gracie Allen, died at the age of 100.

(March 09, 2006)
John Profumo, the British politician who sparked a big scandal in 1963 while serving as Secretary of State for War, when it was disclosed that he had an affair with Christine Keeler, a dancer who was simultaneously engaged with the Soviet military attaché in London, died at the age of 91.

(Died on March 09, 2021)
Roger Mudd, American journalist (b. 1928).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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