On this day.... February 9

FEBRUARY 9TH

  • TODAY IS NATIONAL PIZZA DAY
  • TODAY IS NATIONAL BAGEL DAY
  • TODAY IS THE FEAST OF SAINT APOLLONIA, PATRON SAINT OF DENTAL CARE

BIRTHDAYS:

  • WILLIAM HENRY HARRISON (1773-1841)
  • CARMEN MIRANDA (1909-1955)
  • CAROLE KING (1942, 76)


  • JOE PESCI (1943, 75)
  • JOSEPH STIGLITZ (1943, 75)
  • MIA FARROW (1945, 73)
  • JIM WEBB (1946, 72)
  • JUDITH LIGHT (1949, 69)
  • CHARLES SHAUGHNESSY (1955, 63)
  • TRAVIS TRITT (1963, 55)
  • AMBER VALLETTA (1974, 44)
  • JOHN WALKER LINDH (1981, 37)
  • TOM HIDDLESTON (1981, 37)
  • MICHAEL B. JORDAN (1987, 31)

ON THIS DAY:

  • IN 1674, THE BRITISH RETAKE NEW YORK FROM THE DUTCH
  • IN 1775, THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT DECLARES THE MASSACHUSETTS COLONY TO BE “IN A STATE OF REBELLION”
  • IN 1825, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DECLARES JOHN QUINCY ADAMS THE 6TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES EVEN THOUGH ANDREW JACKSON WON THE POPULAR AND ELECTORAL COLLEGE VOTE
  • IN 1861, JEFFERSON DAVIS AND ALEXANDER STEPHENS ARE ELECTED PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
  • IN 1861, TENNESSEE VOTES TO REMAIN IN THE UNION AND NOT SECEDE
  • IN 1864, PRESIDENT LINCOLN SITS FOR THE PORTRAIT THAT IS NOW ON THE $5 BILL


  • IN 1870, THE ARMY ESTABLISHES THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
  • IN 1886, A WAVE OF ANTI-CHINESE VIOLENCE LEADS PRESIDENT CLEVELAND TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
  • IN 1889, THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE BECOMES A CABINET LEVEL AGENCY
  • IN 1895, W.G. MORGAN INVENTS VOLLEYBALL IN MASSACHUSETTS


  • IN 1909, THE US GOVERNMENT DECLARES OPIUM ILLEGAL, THE FIRST DRUG LAW
  • IN 1926, ATLANTA’S SCHOOL BOARD BANS TEACHING EVOLUTION
  • IN 1941, NAZI SYMPATHIZERS DESTROY THE ALCAZAR CAFÉ IN AMSTERDAM FOR REFUSING TO HANG A “NO ENTRY FOR JEWS” SIGN IN THEIR FRONT WINDOW
  • IN 1943, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT CHANGES LABOR LAWS TO ALLOW WAR INDUSTRY WORKERS TO WORK A MINIMUM 48 HOUR WORK WEEK
  • IN 1943, JAPAN EVACUATES GUADALCANAL ENDING THE BATTLE OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS IN WORLD WAR II


  • IN 1950, SENATOR JOSEPH MCCARTHY ALLEGES THAT THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS BECOME OVERRUN WITH COMMUNISTS, LISTING 205 PEOPLE TO BE EXPELLED
  • IN 1959, THE COASTERS PEAK AT #2 WITH “CHARLIE BROWN”


  • IN 1964, THE BEATLES APPEAR ON THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • IN 1969, BOEING FLIES ITS FIRST 747 JET
  • IN 1971, APOLLO 14 LANDS AFTER RETURNING TO EARTH
  • IN 1971, “ALL IN THE FAMILY” IS THE FIRST TV SHOW TO EVER HAVE A GAY THEMED EPISODE


  • IN 1972, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY AS COAL MINERS CONTINUE THEIR MONTH LONG STRIKE
  • IN 1972, PAUL MCCARTNEY PERFORMS FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH WINGS
  • IN 1981, BILL HALEY DIES OF A HEART ATTACK AT 55
  • IN 1985, MADONNA GOES TO #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “LIKE A VIRGIN”


  • IN 1986, HALLEY’S COMET IS AS CLOSE AS IT WILL GET TO THE SUN
  • IN 1986, KING TUT’S TOMB IS FOUND IN EGYPT
  • IN 1987, ROBERT MCFARLANE, THE FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, ATTEMPTS TO COMMIT SUICIDE
  • IN 1987, THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE INSTALLS ITS FIRST LADIES RESTROOM
  • IN 1994, SHIMON PEREZ AND YASSER ARAFAR SIGN AN ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE ACCORD
  • IN 1997, “THE SIMPSONS” BECOMES THE LONGEST RUNNING ANIMATED SERIES IN HISTORY
  • IN 2011, NICKI MINAJ GOES TO #1 ON THE ALBUM CHART WITH “PINK FRIDAY”
  • IN 2016, DONALD TRUMP AND BERNIE SANDERS WIN THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY
  • IN 2018, THE 23RD WINTER GAMES OPEN IN PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA

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