Decoration Day (also known as a Memorial Day) is a Liberian public holiday celebrated annually on the third Wednesday in March. It is a memorial day when Liberians clean and decorate the graves of their deceased relatives.
On March 9, Belize celebrates National Heroes and Benefactors Day, also known as Baron Bliss Day. This public holiday is dedicated to Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss who willed a large some of money to Belize (then British Honduras).
On the second Wednesday in March, No Smoking Day is held in the United Kingdom. This health awareness day focuses on helping people who have decided to quit smoking.
This Day in History
2006Died: Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software.
1996Died: George Burns, American award-winning actor, singer, and best-selling author, whose career spanned for 94 years. He was active until shortly before his death, when he died at the age of 100.
1994Died: Charles Bukowski, German-American author and poet. He depicted in his works the ordinary lives of poor Americans, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of the work, that is why he was called a laureate of American lowlife.
1992Died: Menachem Begin, Israeli politician, 6th Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate for strengthening the relations between Egypt and Israel.
1991Massive demonstrations were held against Slobodan Milošević in Belgrade, Serbia.
1986Born: Brittany Snow, American actress and singer, best known for the roles in John Tucker Must Die, Hairspray, Prom Night, The Vicious Kind and Pitch Perfect.
197642 died in Cavalese cable car disaster. A steel supporting cable of an aerial tramway broke as a cable car was descending from the Italian ski resort.
1970Born: Shannon Leto, American drummer and actor, best known as the drummer of the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars.
1964Born: Juliette Binoche, French actress and dancer, who became popular for her role in drama Rendez-vous. Her international career began after the performance in The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
1959A Barbie doll debuted at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
1957Extensive damage to Hawaii and Oahu was caused by a Pacific-wide tsunami, which was triggered by an earthquake in the Andreanof Islands, Alaska.
1948Died: Edgar de Wahl, Baltic German linguist, the creator and teacher of the language Occidental.
194633 killed and more injured in a human crush that occurred at Bolton Wanderers stadium at Burnden Park, Bolton, England.
1945The Bombing of Tokyo by the United States Army Air Forces began. This bombing was one of the most destructive raids in history of Japan.
1943Born: Bobby Fischer, American chess player, the 11th World Chess Champion. Fischer is widely considered as the greatest chess player of all time.
1935Born: Andrew Viterbi, American engineer and businessman, co-founder of Qualcomm Inc., an American global semiconductor company, that designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services.
1934Born: Yuri Gagarin, Russian pilot and astronaut, the first human to journey into outer space.
1926Died: Mikao Usui, Japanese spiritual leader, founder of Reiki, a spiritual practice, today considered as a form of pseudoscience.
191015,000 coal miners represented by the United Mine Workers of America began the Westmoreland County coal strike. The strike ended in defeat for the union.
1895Died: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian journalist and author, best known for his romantic stories of Galician life. The term masochism derived from his name.
1888Died: William I, the King of Prussia and the first German Emperor. During his reign Prussia achieved the unification of Germany, thus the German Empire was established.
1842Nabucco, Guiseppe Verdi's third opera, received its premier performance in Milan. Its success established Verdi as one of Italy's foremost opera writers.
1824Born: Leland Stanford, American businessman and politician, founder of Stanford University, one of the world's most prestigious institutions.
1808Died: Joseph Bonomi the Elder, Italian architect, designer of the Piercefield House and St. James' Church in England.
1796Napoléon Bonaparte married his first wife Joséphine de Beauharnais. The divorce followed 14 years of marriage, when it became clear, that Joséphine couldn't produce an heir.
1737Born: Josef Mysliveček, Czech composer, a great contributor to the formation of late 18th-century classicism in music.
1661Died: Cardinal Mazarin, Italian-French politician, Prime Minister of France. Mazarin collected art and jewels, particularly diamonds, and bequeathed them to Louis XIV in 1661 before his death. Some of his diamonds remain in the collection of the Louvre museum in Paris.
1564Born: David Fabricius, German astronomer and theologian, who made two major discoveries in the early astronomy. He discovered the sunspots and invented camera obscura telescopy, that provided a better view of of the solar disk.
1500The fleet of Pedro Álvares Cabral left Lisbon for the Indies. The fleet would later discover Brazil, that lied within the boundaries granted to Portugal in the Treaty or Tordesillas.
1454Born: Amerigo Vespucci, Italian cartographer and explorer. America continent was named after him.