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9th March

1562 Kissing in public was banned in Naples, Italy with contravention punishable by death.

1796 Napoleon Bonaparte married Joséphine de Beauharnais.

1831 The French Foreign Legion was founded with its headquarters in Algeria.

1864 General Ulysses Grant appointed Chief of the Union Forces in the American Civil War.

1932 Eamon de Valera was elected President of the republic of Ireland.

1934 * Yuri Aleseyevich Gagarin, Soviet astronaut, the first man in space, 1961.

1943 * Bobby Fischer, US chess player and World Champion in 1972.

1945 * Mickey Dolenz, US actor, drummer and vocalist with the pop group The Monkees.

1946 33 people died and four hundred were injured when barriers collapsed at an FA cup game at Bolton, Lancashire.

1952 * Bill Beaumont, former British Lions and England international rugby captain.

1956 British authorities deported Greek Cypriot leader, Archbishop Makarios, in the hope of restoring law and order to the crown colony.

1967 Stalin's daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva, requested political asylum at the United States Embassy in India.

1973 The people of Northern Ireland voted overwhelmingly to remain within the United Kingdom.

1976 42 died in a cable car tragedy in the Dolomite mountains in northern Italy.

1987 Bobby Locke, the well known South African golfer, died.

1994 The IRA fired mortar bombs at Heathrow airport, but they failed to explode.

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