Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Today in History: Wednesday, March 09, 2016

AP Highlight in History: 
On March 9, 1933, Congress, called into special session by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, began its 100 days of enacting New Deal legislation.
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On this date in:
1796Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais.
1862The ironclads Monitor and Virginia (formerly Merrimac) clashed for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Va., during the Civil War.
1916Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, N.M., killing more than a dozen people.
1945U.S. B-29 bombers launched incendiary bomb attacks against Japan during World War II, causing widespread devastation.
1954CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow critically reviewed Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's anti-Communism campaign on "See It Now."
1959Mattel's Barbie doll made its public debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
1981Dan Rather made his debut as principal anchorman of "The CBS Evening News;" he signed off for the last time on the same date in 2005.
1992Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin died at age 78.
1996Comedian George Burns died at age 100.
1997Gangsta rapper The Notorious B.I.G. was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles at age 24.
2009President Barack Obama lifted limits on using federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research that President George W. Bush had put in place.
2011Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation abolishing the death penalty in his state and commuting the sentences of all remaining death row inmates.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Juliette Binoche turns 52 years old today.
AP Photo/Michel Euler
Joyce Van PattenActress82
Mickey GilleyCountry singer80
Marty IngelsActor, comedian80
Charles GibsonBroadcast journalist73
Robin TrowerRock musician (Procol Harum)71
Linda FiorentinoActress56
Emmanuel LewisActor ("Webster")45
Julia MancusoU.S. Olympic skiier32
Actress Brittany Snow ("American Dreams") turns 30 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
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