On This Day March 9
1974 – One-hit wonder and Canadian native Terry Jacks basks in the glow of the No. 1 spot on the singles chart with “Seasons in the Sun.” He holds the top spot for three weeks. The original song was written in French in 1961 under the title of “Le Moribond” (“The Dying Man”) by Belgian poet-composer Jacques Brel.
1959 – The Barbie doll makes her glamorous debut at the American Toy Fair in New York, retailing for $3. Barbie was the creation of Ruth Handler — American businesswoman, inventor and co-founder of Mattel — who wanted “a doll through which [a little girl could] project herself into her dream of her future.”
1964 – The Ford Motor Company produces the first Mustang. Starting price: $2,368. An estimated 22,000 orders are placed that day – a full month before a single “pony car” even hits the showroom. More than 400,000 units sell in the first year, four times Ford‘s own estimates.
1985 – The Adopt-a-Highway program launches when the first sign is posted along State Highway 69 in Tyler, Texas. The program, in which local businesses support trash cleanup along a designated section of highway, quickly spreads across the U.S. and on to Canada, Japan and New Zealand.
1979 – Golden Globe-winning actor Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis,” “A Most Violent Year,” “Show Me a Hero,” “Ex Machina,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “X-Men: Apocalypse”, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”)
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