ON THIS DAY IN RECENT HISTORY ~ MARCH 9
1935 - Adolf Hitler announces the creation of a new air force.
1936 - Babe Ruth turns down Reds to make a comeback as a player
1942 - Mark Lindsay, Eugene Or, rock vocalist/sax (Paul Revers & Raiders), born
1943 - Bobby Fischer, US, world chess champion (1972-75), born
1948 - Jimmy Fadden, Long Beach California, singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), born
1949 - Brigadier Gen Edwin K Wright, USA, ends term as deputy director of CIA
1950 - Willie Sutton robs Manufacturers Bank of $64,000 in NYC
1952 - William Kirby Cullen, Santa Ana California, actor (How the West Was Won), born
1953 - Josef Stalin buried in Moscow
1954 - 1st local color TV commercial WNBT-TV (WNBC-TV) NYC (Castro Decorators)
1954 - Edward R Murrow criticizes Sen Joseph McCarthy
1957 - Faith Daniels, news anchor (CBS-TV), born
1959 - 1st known radar contact is made with Venus
1959 - Barbie, the popular girls' doll, debuted, over 800 million sold
1961 - 1st animal returned from space, dog named Blackie aboard Sputnik 9
1961 - The Supremes released their first single, "I Want A Guy."
1962 - US advisors in South-Vietnam join the fight
1963 - Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe & Chris Montez
1964 - 1st Ford Mustang produced
1966 - The Beach Boys recorded "God Only Knows."
1967 - Svetlana Allilueva, Stalin's daughter, defected to the West
1968 - 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up & Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4
1971 - Emmanuel Lewis, Brooklyn NY, actor (Webster), born
1972 - Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
1974 - Last Japanese soldier, a guerrilla operating in Philippines, surrenders, 29 years after World War II ended.
1975 - Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins.
1976 - 1st female cadets accepted to West Point Military Academy
1979 - Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters
1981 - Dan Rather becomes primary anchorman of CBS-TV News
1984 - John Lennon releases "Borrowed Time"
1985 - Laura Johnson (Falcon Crest) & Harry Hamlin (LA Law) wed
1986 - NASA announces searchers found remains of Challenger astronauts
1987 - Chrysler Corp offered to buy American Motors Corp for $1 billion
1988 - President Reagan presides at unveiling of Knute Rockne stamp
1989 - Senate rejects Bush's nomination of John Tower as Defense Secretary
1996 - George Burns, dies, American actor and singer (b. 1896)