Today in History: March 9

Today in History: March 9

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1617

The Treaty of Stolbovo ends the occupation of Northern Russia by Swedish troops.

1734

The Russians take Danzig (Gdansk) in Poland.

1788

Connecticut becomes the 5th state.

1796

Napoleon Bonaparte marries Josephine de Beauharnais in Paris, France.

1812

Swedish Pomerania is seized by Napoleon.

1820

Congress passes the Land Act, paving the way for westward expansion.

1839

The French Academy of Science announces the Daguerreotype photo process.

1841

The rebel slaves who seized a Spanish slave ship, the Amistad, in 1839 are freed by the Supreme Court despite Spanish demands for extradition.

1862

The first and last battle between the ironclads U.S.S. Monitor and C.S.S. Virginia ends in a draw.

1864

General Ulysses Grant is appointed commander-in-chief of the Union forces.

1911

The funding for five new battleships is added to the British military defense budget.

1915

The Germans take Grodno on the Eastern Front.

1916

Mexican bandit Pancho Villa leads 1,500 horsemen on a raid of Columbus, N.M. killing 17 U.S. soldiers and citizens.

1932

Eamon De Valera is elected president of the Irish Free State and pledges to abolish all loyalty to the British Crown.

1936

The German press warns that all Jews who vote in the upcoming elections will be arrested.

1939

Czech President Emil Hacha ousts pro-German Joseph Tiso as the Premier of Slovakia in order to preserve Czech unity.

1940

Britain frees captured Italian coal ships on the eve of German Foreign Minister, Ribbentrop's visit to Rome.

1956

British authorities arrest and deport Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus. He is accused of supporting terrorists.

1957

Egyptian leader Nasser bars U.N. plans to share the tolls for the use of the Suez Canal.

1959

The Barbie doll is unveiled at a toy fair in New York City.

1964

The first Ford Mustang rolls off the Ford assembly line.

1967

Svetlana Alliluyeva, Josef Stalin's daughter defects to the United States.

1968

General William Westmoreland asks for 206,000 more troops in Vietnam.

1975

Iraq launches an offensive against the rebellious Kurds.

1986

Navy divers find the crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger along with the remains of the astronauts.