On this day

Demonstrators face police lines in Tunis. Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in 2010 committed suicide by setting himself on fire. His actions sparked anti-government protests that led to the Jasmine Revolution and forced President Ben Ali to go into exile after 23 years in power. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 09 March?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

Demonstrators face police lines in Tunis. Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in 2010 committed suicide by setting himself on fire. His actions sparked anti-government protests that led to the Jasmine Revolution and forced President Ben Ali to go into exile after 23 years in power. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 09 March, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 09 MARCH

2012 | At least 130 rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza. Twelve Palestinian militants were killed as part of a recent escalation of violence in the region.

2011 | Space Shuttle Discovery made its final landing after 39 flights.

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

1978 | President Soeharto inaugurated Jagorawi Toll Road, Indonesia’s first toll highway, connecting Jakarta, Bogor, and Ciawi, West Java.

1976 | Forty-two people including 15 children died in the Cavalese cable car crash, the worst cable-car crash to date.

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ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2003 | American director and cinematographer, Stan Brakhage, 70.

2017 | British painter, Howard Hodgkin, 85.

2007 | American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Brad Delp, 56.

2003 | Nauruan politician, second President of Nauru, Bernard Dowiyogo, 57.

2010 | American baseball player and manager, Willie Davis, 70.

BIRTHDAYS

1984 | American skier, Julia Mancuso.

1944 | South African cricketer, Lee Irvine.

1956 | Indian politician, Indian Minister of External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor.

1930 | Finnish-American actress and dancer, Taina Elg.

1959 | American actor, director, and screenwriter, Lonny Price.

SPORT

1994 | On this day, Terry Venables had his first successful match as England manager David Platt scored in England’s 1-0 win over Denmark in a friendly match at Wembley Stadium. 

ENTERTAINMENT

2018 | For the first time “the strangers prey at night” was released in the United States on this day.

AFRICA FACT

Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi in 2010 committed suicide by setting himself on fire.  His actions sparked anti-government protests that led to the Jasmine Revolution and forced President Ben Ali to go into exile after 23 years in power.