9th March

Born on this Day 9th March
1881 Ernest Bevin
1918 Mickey Spillane
1934 Yuri Gagarin
1923 M. Andree Courreges
1932 Keely Smith
1933 Lloyd Price
1940 Air Marshal Sir Roger Austin
1943 Bobby Fischer
1952 Bill Beaumont
1958 Martin Fry
1970 Martin Johnson

Died On This Day
1566 David Rizzio
1883 Arnold Toynbee
1996 George Burns


1976 10 minutes after a Who show began, the drummer Keith Moon collapsed and the show had to be rescheduled.

1977 Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ Album went platinum.

1990 Wet Wet Wet played at the NEC, Birmingham.

1991 Whitney Houston had her highest entering record on the US chart with her version of the patriotic ‘Star Spangled Banner’ which came in at no.32.


1946 33 people were killed and over 400 injured when barriers collapsed at Burnden Park, Bolton before an FA Cup game against Stoke City.

1976 42 skiers were killed in Italy when their cable car fell to the ground in the Dolomites.

People & Showbiz

1988 Several hundred smokers took part in a National No Smoking Day mass hypnotherapy session at the studios of Capital Radio in London in an attempt to kick the habit.

General Events

1796 Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine (de Beauharnais).

1876 Alexander Graham Bell filed his patent for the telephone, only 3 hours before a similar one by Elisha Gray.

1914 British suffragette Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst was arrested in Glasgow.

1918 The maximum age of British conscripts was raised to 50 years old and conscription was introduced in Ireland.

1935 Nikita Khrushchev was elected President of the Moscow Communist Party.

1989 The Government announced that prescriptions would rise by 20 pence to £2.80 on the same day that the £10 charge for National Health Service eye tests would start.

1992 Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin was buried on Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives.

1997 Comet Hale-Bopp: Observers in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia are treated to a rare double feature as an eclipse permits Hale-Bopp to be seen during the day.

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