This Day In History – 9th March
1945 – The Bombing of Tokyo by the United States Army Air Forces begin, one of the most destructive bombing raids in history.
1959 – The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
1961 – Sputnik 9 successfully launches, carrying a human dummy nicknamed Ivan Ivanovich, and demonstrating that Soviet Union was ready to begin human spaceflight.
Birthday shout outs to Yuri Gargarin, the Soviet Cosmonaut and very first human being to travel into space and Raul Julia, the Puerto Rican actor best known as Gomez from the Addams Family Movies.