9th March
It was on this day...
1938 Bob Hope Makes His Film Debut

It was in The Big Broadcast and in it he sang "Thanks for the Memories", a song which was to become his trademark.

[Video links: Bob Hope in Road To Bali, My Favorite Brunette]

It was on this day...
1997 Christopher Wallace, aka 'Biggie Smalls', aka 'The Notorious B.I.G' Is Shot Dead In Los Angeles

The death seems to be the result of a feud between East and West coast rappers in the USA, but at the time of writing nobody has been charged.

Six months earlier, rapper Tupac Shakur had been shot dead in Las Vegas.

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1934
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1918
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1867 The USA purchases 1,524,640 sq km/586,400 sq mi Alaska Territory from Russia for $7.2mn.
1955 James Dean debuts in East of Eden
1959 The original Barbie doll makes her first appearance in American stores.

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