This Day in History For March 9
1933 – US Congress is called into special session by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, beginning its “100 days”
1945 – 334 US B-29 Superfortresses attack Tokyo with 120,000 fire bombs.
1950 – Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC.
1954 – 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV NYC.
1957 – 4th ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats South Carolina, 95-75.
1959 – Barbie makes her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York…Over a billion have been sold worldwide since.
1959 – The Coasters’ single “Charlie Brown” peaks at #2 on the Billboard top 100.
1964 – 1st Ford Mustang produced.
1968 – 15th Men’s Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State 87-50.
1975 – Construction on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins.
1979- MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters.
1986 – 10th Easter Seal telethon raises $30,000,000.
1989 – Eastern Airlines files for bankruptcy.
1995 – Baseball awards a franchise to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
2002 – Financial advice TV show, “The Suze Orman Show” starring Suze Orman premieres on CNBC.
2007 – The Justice Department releases an internal audit that found that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had acted illegally in its use of the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about US citizens.
2011 – Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights.
2015 – President Barack Obama signs an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat to the US.
2022 – American singer-songwriter Lionel Richie receives Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.