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This Day in History: March 9

March 9: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1842 - The first documented discovery of gold in California occurs at Rancho San Francisco, six years before the California Gold Rush.
  2. 1959 - The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
  3. 1961 - Sputnik 9 successfully launches, carrying a human dummy nicknamed Ivan Ivanovich, and demonstrating that Soviet Union was ready to begin human spaceflight.
  4. 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.
  5. 2011 - Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Amerigo Vespucci (Italian cartographer and explorer), Franz Joseph Gall (German neuroanatomist and physiologist), Frank J. Dixon (American immunologist), Walter Kohn (Austrian-American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate), Ernesto Miranda (American criminal, inspired the Miranda rights)

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