Holidays Calendar for March 9, 2017

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).

Every year millions of people around the globe celebrate World Kidney Day on the second Thursday in March. This awareness day was started in 2006 and since then it's popularity hasn't stopped growing.


International School Meals Day is observed annually on the second Thursday of March. It was launched over a decade ago to raise public awareness of the importance of good nutrition and healthy eating for children of all ages.


In Lebanon, Teachers' Day is celebrated for an entire week. The holiday starts on March 3 and culminates on March 9. Teachers' Day is one of the most important professional observances in Lebanon.

National American Paddlefish Day is observed every March 9 to raise awareness of the vulnerable status of the only surviving species of paddlefish and promote American paddlefish conservation efforts.

National Music Day (Hari Musik Nasional) is celebrated in Indonesia on March 9. The holiday was established in 2013 to commemorate the birthday of W. R. Supratman, an Indonesian journalist and songwriter best known for composing the national anthem of Indonesia.

Panic Day is an informal holiday celebrated each year on March 9. It is one of the copyrighted Wellcat Holidays invented by Thomas and Ruth Roy.

March 9 is National Crab Meat Day. There are hundreds of recipes you can use to cook a crab and celebrate this day.

Do you love meatballs? If your answer is yes, celebrate National Meatball Day on March 9 by treating yourself to your favorite meatball dish, be it spaghetti with meatballs, meatball soup, meatball pizza, or IKEA meatballs with cream sauce.

Barbie is arguably the most iconic doll in the world, so it is not surprising that it even has its own holiday. National Barbie Day is celebrated annually on March 9 to commemorate the day when Barbie was launched.

This Day in History

  • 2006 Died: Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software.
  • 1996 Died: 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 at the age of 100.
  • 1994 Died: 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, earning him the nickname "a laureate of American lowlife".
  • 1992 Died: Menachem Begin, Israeli politician, 6th Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate for strengthening the relations between Egypt and Israel.
  • 1991 Massive demonstrations were held against Slobodan Milošević in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • 1986 Born: 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.
  • 1979 Born: Oscar Isaac, Guatemalan-American actor who became a global star with the role of Poe Dameron in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. He is also known for playing Leto in Dune and other roles.
  • 1976 42 people 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.
  • 1970 Born: Shannon Leto, American drummer and actor, best known as the drummer of the rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars.
  • 1964 Born: Juliette Binoche, French actress and dancer, who became popular for her role in the drama Rendez-vous. Her international career began after the performance in The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
  • 1959 A Barbie doll debuted at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
  • 1958 Born: Linda Fiorentino, American former actress known for her roles in the films Vision Quest, Gotcha!, After Hours, Jade, Men in Black, and Dogma.
  • 1957 Extensive damage to Hawaii and Oahu was caused by a Pacific-wide tsunami that was triggered by an earthquake in the Andreanof Islands, Alaska.
  • 1948 Died: Edgar de Wahl, Baltic German linguist, the creator and teacher of the Occidental language.
  • 1946 33 people were killed and more injured in a human crush that occurred at Bolton Wanderers stadium at Burnden Park, Bolton, England.
  • 1945 The Bombing of Tokyo by the United States Army Air Forces began. This bombing was one of the most destructive raids in history of Japan.
  • 1943 Born: Bobby Fischer, American chess player, the 11th World Chess Champion. Fischer is widely considered one of the greatest chess players of all time.
  • 1935 Born: 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.
  • 1934 Born: Yuri Gagarin, Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, the first human to journey into outer space.
  • 1926 Died: Mikao Usui, Japanese spiritual leader, founder of Reiki, a spiritual practice that is considered today a form of pseudoscience.
  • 1910 15,000 coal miners represented by the United Mine Workers of America began the Westmoreland County coal strike. The strike ended in defeat for the union.
  • 1895 Died: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Austrian journalist and author, best known for his romantic stories of Galician life. The term masochism derives from his name.
  • 1888 Died: William I, the King of Prussia and the first German Emperor. During his reign Prussia achieved the unification of Germany, resulting in the establishment of the German Empire.
  • 1842 Nabucco, Guiseppe Verdi's third opera, received its premier performance in Milan. Its success established Verdi as one of Italy's foremost opera composers.
  • 1824 Born: Leland Stanford, American businessman and politician, founder of Stanford University, one of the world's most prestigious institutions.
  • 1808 Died: Joseph Bonomi the Elder, Italian architect, designer of the Piercefield House and St. James' Church in England.
  • 1796 Napoléon Bonaparte married his first wife Joséphine de Beauharnais. The divorce followed after 14 years of marriage, when it became clear that Joséphine couldn't produce an heir.
  • 1737 Born: Josef Mysliveček, Czech violinist and composer, a great contributor to the formation of late 18th-century classicism in music.
  • 1661 Died: 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.
  • 1564 Born: David Fabricius, German astronomer and theologian, who made two major discoveries in the early days of telescopic astronomy.
  • 1500 The fleet of Pedro Álvares Cabral left Lisbon for the Indies. The fleet would later discover Brazil which lay within the boundaries granted to Portugal in the Treaty or Tordesillas.
  • 1454 Born: Amerigo Vespucci, Italian cartographer and explorer. The continent of America was named after him.