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   GO3  March 9 in military history:

1226 - Massacre of Tbilisi, Georgia: King Jalal ad-Din Mingburnu the Khwarazmian slaughters thousands of Georgian Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.
1847 - Winfield Scott lands an army at Veracruz, Mexico, and begins a siege.
1862 - Battle of Hampton Roads II: USS 'Monitor' fights CSS 'Virginia' to a draw, preserving the blockade
1864 - Ulysses S. Grant promoted to lieutenant general and commanding general
1943 - New Guinea: Japanese aircraft conduct a major raid on Wau.
1945 - Indochina: Japanese attack French garrisons, massacring thousands.
1945 - Waiting for ideal weather and sufficient winds, US B-29s drop 1,665 tons of incendiaries on Tokyo on the night of 9-10 March creating a firestorm. By dawn on the 10th, 80,000-120,000 have died, the highest toll in a single air raid, exceeding even the atomic bombs. Photo: Tokyo after the firebombing.

   March 8 at 21:51 EST .

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