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Notorious BIG shot dead at 24 – Chicago Tribune


Today is Saturday, March 9, the 69th day of 2024. There are 297 days left in the year.

Highlights of this day in history:

On March 9, 1997, rapper The Notorious BIG (Christopher Wallace) was killed in a still-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles at the age of 24.

On this date:

In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte, future emperor of the French, married Josephine de Beauharnais (boh-ahr-NAY’). (The couple later divorced.)

In 1841, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-1 in United States v. Amistad in favor of a group of illegally enslaved Africans captured off the coast of the United States after seizing control of the Spanish schooner La Amistad; the judges ruled that the Africans should be released.

In 1862, during the Civil War, the battleships USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimac) clashed for five hours in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

In 1916, more than 400 Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa (VEE’-uh) attacked Columbus, New Mexico, killing 18 Americans. During World War I, Germany declared war on Portugal.

Called into special session by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, Congress began the “hundred-day” process to enact New Deal legislation.


In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that New York Times Co. v. The Sullivan case raised the standard for public officials to prove that they were defamed by news organizations in their official capacity.

In 1976, a cable car in Italy’s Cavalese ski resort fell from a height of 220 meters as a result of the breakage of the support line, killing 43 people.

In 1987, Chrysler Corp. announced that it had agreed to purchase the financially troubled American Motors Corp.

In 1989, the Senate rejected President George H. W. Bush’s nomination of John Tower as secretary of defense by a vote of 53 to 47. (The next day, Bush appealed to Representative Dick Cheney of Wyoming, who received unanimous approval from the Senate.)

In 2000, John McCain suspended his presidential campaign, leaving the Republican nomination to George W. Bush. Bill Bradley ended his presidential bid, ceding the Democratic nomination to Vice President Al Gore.

Global stock markets and oil prices have fallen in 2020, reflecting growing alarm over the impact of the coronavirus. An alarmingly sharp drop at Wall Street’s opening bell triggered the first automatic halt in trading in more than two decades; The Dow industrials finished almost 8% lower.

In 2018, former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli, who was criticized for raising the price of a life-saving drug, was sentenced to seven years in prison in New York for securities fraud.

In 2021, Buckingham Palace said allegations of racism made by Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex earlier in the week were “concerning” and would be addressed privately by the royal family.

In 2022, a Russian airstrike devastated a maternity hospital in the besieged Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, injuring at least 17 people.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Joyce Van Patten 90, Actor Trish Van Devere 83, Singer-musician John Cale (The Velvet Underground) 82, Singer Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders) 82, Former ABC announcer Charles Gibson 81 Rock musician Robin Trower is 79, Singer Jeffrey Osborne is 76, Country musician Jimmie Fadden (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 76, Actor Jaime Lyn Bauer is 75, Magazine editor Michael Kinsley is 73, TV news anchor Faith Daniels is 67. Actor Linda Fiorentino is 66. Actor Tom Amandes is 65. Actor-director Lonny Price 65. Country musician Rusty Hendrix (Confederate Railroad) 64. Actor Juliette Binoche 60. Rock musician Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five) 56. Rock musician Shannon Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) 54. Rapper C-Murder ( aka C-Miller) 53. Actor Emmanuel Lewis 53. Actor Jean Louisa Kelly 52. ​​Actor Kerr Smith 52. Actor Oscar Isaac 45. Comedian Jordan Klepper (TV: “The Daily Show”) 45. Rapper Chingy 44. Actor Matthew Gray Gubler 44. Rock musician Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory) 43. NHL defenseman Brent Burns 39. Actor Brittany Snow 38 Rapper Bow Wow 37, Rapper YG 34, Actor Cierra Ramirez 29, US Olympic gold medalist gymnast Sunisa Lee 21 years old.


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