March 9

1796

Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais, widow of a former French officer executed during the revolution.

1841

The Supreme Court ruled that the Amistad slaves were free.

1862

The first battle between two ironclad ships, the Monitor (Union) and Merrimack (Confederate) occurred, revolutionizing naval warfare.

1933

The special session of Congress known as the "100 days" opened, launching FDR's New Deal.

1964

U.S. Supreme Court issued N.Y. Times v. Sullivan ruling.

1990

Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in as both the first Hispanic and woman to be U.S. surgeon general.

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