1950 in a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the State Department was riddled with Communists.
1674 English re-conquer New York from Netherlands.
1775 English Parliament declares Massachusetts colony is in rebellion.
1943 the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.
1998 The Pentagon said it was sending up to 3,000 U.S. ground troops to the Persian Gulf region to discourage what one official called "any creative thinking" by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
2003 President Bush told congressional Republicans at a policy conference that Iraq had fooled the world for more than a decade about its banned weapons and the United Nations was now facing "a moment of truth" in disarming Saddam Hussein. The leaders of Germany and Russia renewed their calls for a peaceful resolution in Iraq, restating their opposition to any U.S.-led war to disarm and oust Saddam Hussein.
2007 Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters in Munich, Germany, that serial numbers and other markings on bombs suggested that Iranians were linked to deadly explosives used by Iraqi militants.
1913 10 Day Tragedy of Mexico-City; 3,000 die.
1971 Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 65 & causes over $½ billion damage.
2001 A U.S. Navy submarine collided with a Japanese fishing boat off the Hawaiian coast, killing nine men and boys aboard the boat.
1992 Fastest yodeler-22 tones/15 falsetto in 1 second by Thomas School of Germany.
1891 1st shipment of asparagus arrives in San Francisco from Sacramento.
1993 Army of opium king Khun Sa kills 60 in NE Burma.
1987 New York Stock Exchange installs ladies restroom in the Exchange Luncheon Club.
1997 Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" airs 167th episode the longest-running animated series in cartoon history.
1863 Fire extinguisher patented by Alanson Crane.
1942 Philadelphia "Phillies" change nickname (temporarily) to "Phils", thereby saving three letters (l.i.e.) for the war effort.
1947 Bank robber Willie Sutton escapes jail in Philadelphia PA.
1969 World's largest airplane, Boeing 747, makes 1st commercial flight.
1987 Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide.
1943 FDR orders minimal 48 hour work week in war industry.
1955 US federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO.
1941 Nazi collaborators destroy pro-Jewish café Alcazar Amsterdam (Alcazar refused to hang "No Entry for Jews" signs in front of cafe).
1943 Nazis arrest Dutch sons of rich parents.
1909 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium).
1895 1st intercollegiate basketball game (Minnesota Agricultural beats Hamline, 9-3).
1895 Volleyball invented by W G Morgan in Massachusetts.
1942 daylight-saving "War Time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.
1583 Jeseph Sanalbo Jewish convert in Rome, burned at stake.
1926 Teaching theory of evolution forbidden in Atlanta GA schools.
1943 ... Reydons wife of General Reydons, shot to death by resistance.
1945 George J L Maduro resistance fighter (Madurodam), dies in Dachau.
1978 Kimberly Leach killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City FL at age 12.
1977 Gaus, an orangutan who lived to be 59 dies.
1825 The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
1861 Tennessee votes against secession.
1861 Jefferson Davis was elected the provisional president of the Confederate States of America.
1867 Nebraska becomes 37th US state.
1870 The U.S. Weather Bureau was established.
1922 Snow on Mauna Loa, Hawaii.
1953 "The Adventures of Superman" TV series premieres in syndication.
1964 The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on CBS.
1971 Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family.
1971 The crew of Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.
1773 The ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison, was born in Charles City County, Va.
Actress Kathryn Grayson is 86. Television journalist Roger Mudd is 80. Actress Janet Suzman is 69. Actress-politician Sheila James Kuehl ("The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis") is 67. Singer-songwriter Carole King is 66. Actor Joe Pesci is 65. Singer Barbara Lewis is 65. Author Alice Walker is 64. Actress Mia Farrow is 63. Singer Joe Ely is 61. Actress Judith Light is 59. Rhythm-and-blues musician Dennis "DT" Thomas (Kool & the Gang) is 57. Actor Charles Shaughnessy is 53. Country singer Travis Tritt is 45. Actress Julie Warner is 43. Country singer Danni Leigh is 38. Actor Jason George is 36. Actor-producer Charlie Day is 32. Actress Ziyi Zhang is 29. Actor David Gallagher is 23. Actress Marina Malota is 20. Actress Camille Winbush ("The Bernie Mac Show") is 18.
1984 Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died at age 69, less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he was succeeded by Konstantin U. Chernenko.
2002 Princess Margaret sister of Queen Elizabeth II of England, dies from a stroke at 71.
2007 British actor Ian Richardson, who portrayed immoral politician Francis Urquhart in the satirical TV drama "House of Cards," died in London at age 72.
February 9, the 40th day of 2008. There are 326 days left in the year.
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