History Lesson

DayBird - March 9th

1765 – After a campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son may have actually committed suicide.

1796 – Napoléon Bonaparte marries his first wife, Joséphine.

1841- Supreme Court rules on Amistad mutiny. The U.S. Supreme Court rules, that the African slaves who seized control of the Amistad slave ship had been illegally forced into slavery, and thus are free under American law.

1916 - Pancho Villa raids U.S. Several hundred Mexican guerrillas under the command of Francisco "Pancho" Villa cross the U.S.-Mexican border and attack the small border town of Columbus, New Mexico. Seventeen Americans were killed in the raid, and the center of town was burned. President Woodrow Wilson ordered the U.S. Army into Mexico to capture the rebel leader dead or alive. like the bon jovi song.

1943 - Bobby Fischer is born born in Chicago, Illinois. Fischer went on to become the only American ever to win the chess world championship. He also became well-known for his crazy. crazy. He was anti-Semitic (in spite of his jewish heritage) he actually wrote to the publishers of Encyclopedia Judaica and asked that his name be removed. He said America totes deserved the 9/11 attacks. Oh, Bobby, you are my favorite crazy. There is oh so much more to say, but I will leave it at that. Oh, he beat that Russian twice, and violated the United Nations embargo.

1954 – Bobby Sands, IRA member (d. 1981)

1954 -CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow critically reviewed Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy's anti-Communism campaign on "See It Now." Good Night and Good Luck. muy importante.

1954 - First Barbie doll goes on display at a toy fair in NYC. Barbie was the first mass-produced toy doll in the United States with adult features. With its sponsorship of the "Mickey Mouse Club" TV program, Mattel became the first toy company to target commercials at children. Later followed by her anatomically incorrect boyfriend, Ken.

1964 – Juliette Binoche, French actress

1994 – Charles Bukowski, American writer (b. 1920)

1996- Comedian George Burns dies at age 100. RIP, little cigar-chomping vaudevillian. You were the only god I ever believed in.

1997- Rapper Notorious B.I.G. is killed in Los Angeles