Lost and Found – March 9th Edition

What to remember about March 9th…

  • 1841  SCOTUS rules that slaves that had taken control of the ship Amistad were illegally placed into slavery and are free under American law
  • 1862  Ironclad ships U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia clash off Hampton Roads, Virginia; historic clash ends in a draw
  • 1916  Forces led by Mexican bandit Pancho Villa raid Columbus, New Mexico killing 17 and set town ablaze; President Wilson orders Army to Mexico to kill or capture the raiders
  • 1945  U.S. warplanes begin 2-day bombing offensive against Japan; 2000 tons of incendiaries create massive firestorm in and around Tokyo
  • 1954  Senate Republicans criticize Senator McCarthy’s methods and seek to limit his power to investigate communist activity in the U.S.
  • 1969  Barbie Doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair
  • 1977  12 Hanafi Muslim gunmen seize 3 buildings in Washington, D.C. and take 149 people hostage; 2 victims killed before 3-day siege ends
  • 1996  Legendary actor and comedian George Burns dies at 100 (b. 1896)
  • 2011  Space Shuttle Discovery makes her final landing at Kennedy Space Center after 27 years of service; she will be placed in a museum

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