March 9 is the 68th day of the year. There are 297 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).
+ 1796 – Napoléon Bonaparte marries his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais.
+ 1831 – The French Foreign Legion is established by King Louis Philippe to support his war in Algeria.
+ 1842 – The first documented discovery of gold in California occurs at Rancho San Francisco, six years before the California Gold Rush.
+ 2011 – Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights.
+ 1902 – Will Geer, American actor (d. 1978)
+ 1936 – Mickey Gilley, American singer-songwriter and pianist
+ 1943 – Bobby Fischer, American chess player and author (d. 2008)
+ 1965 – Brian Bosworth, American football player and actor