On this day: March 9th

March 9th is Baron Bliss Day in Belize.

  • In 1276, Augsburg in the Holy Roman Empire became a Free Imperial City (a city formally ruled only by the emperor).
  • In 1862, during the American Civil War, the world’s first major battle between two powered ironclad warships, the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia was fought to a draw near the mouth of Hampton Roads in Virginia.
  • In 1945, during World War II, a bomb raid on Tokyo by American B-29 heavy bombers started a firestorm, killing over 100,000 people.
  • In 1956, Soviet military troops suppressed mass demonstrations in Tbilisi, Georgia, against Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev‘s de-Stalinization policy.
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