February 9


1825 – The U.S. House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams as President. No candidate had received a majority of electoral votes.

1870 – The United States Weather Bureau was authorized by Congress. The bureau is officially known as the National Weather Service (NWS).

1884 – Thomas Edison and Patrick Kenny executed a patent application for a chemical recording stock quotation telegraph (U.S. Pat. 314,115).

1895 – William G. Morgan created a game called Mintonette, which soon would be called Volleyball.

1932 – America entered the 2-man bobsled competition for the first time at the Olympic Winter Games held at Lake Placid, NY.

1934 – Lowest temperature ever recorded in the state of Michigan… -51 at Vanderbilt.

1942 – Year-round Daylight Saving Time was re-instated as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.

1951 – Trying to dodge the draft by being guilty of a small crime, Richard Shay sets fire to the Michigan State Offices in Lansing. The fire causes $5 million in damage.

1964 – The Beatles made the first of three record-breaking appearances on TV’s “The Ed Sullivan Show” before a record breaking audience of 73 million television viewers.

1969 – The first test flight of the Boeing 747.

1971 – Satchel Paige became the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1971 – The Apollo 14 spacecraft returned to Earth after the third manned Moon landing.

1975 – Cher’s television variety show debuted on CBS with Elton John, Bette Midler and Flip Wilson as guest stars.

1979 – The movie “The Warriors” opened in theaters.

1986 – Halley’s Coment last appeared in the inner Solar System.

1997 – With there 167th episode, “The Simpsons” became the longest-running prime-time animated series, taking the record previously held by “The Flintstones”. The show still holds the record.

1999 – A California jury awarded the largest judgment ever reached in a smoking related case. A woman said that her inoperable lung cancer was caused by decades of smoking cigarettes, primarily the Philip Morris Marlboro brand. She was awarded $51.5 million.

1999 – The Reverend Jerry Falwell insisted that “Tinky Winky”, the purple Teletubby, was gay.

2001 – The movie “Hannibal,” the sequel to “Silence of the Lambs,” opened in theaters.

2002 – Conan O’Brien signed an $8 million a year deal to stay at his Late Night desk for another four years.

2004 – Diana Ross pleaded guilty to DUI charges in Tucson, AZ, and was ordered to spend two days in jail.



Roger Mudd – 90 years old (1928) – Broadcast journalist (TV’s “CBS Evening News”, “NBC Nightly News”, “Meet the Press”)

Carole King – 76 years old (1942) – Singer (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, “The LocoMotion”, “Up on the Roof”, “I’m Into Something Good”, “One Fine Day”

Barbara Lewis – 75 years old (1943) – Singer. Born in Salem, MI.

Joe Pesci – 75 years old (1943) – Actor (“Goodfellas”, “Raging Bull”, “Casino”, “My Cousin Vinny”, “Home Alone”)

Alice Walker – 74 years old (1944) – Author (“The Color Purple”)

Mia Farrow – 73 years old (1945) – Actress (“Rosemary’s Baby”, “John and Mary”, “Broadway Danny Rose”, “The Purple Rose of Cairo”, “Hannah and Her Sisters”, “Arthur and the Invisibles”, “The Omen”, TV’s “Peyton Place”)

Joe Ely – 71 years old (1947) – Musician

Judith Light – 69 years old (1949) – Actress (TV’s “Who’s the Boss?”, “Dallas”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Ugly Betty”)

Charles Shaughnessy – 63 years old (1955) – Actor (TV’s “Days of Our Lives”, “The Nanny”)

Holly Johnson – 58 years old (1960) – Singer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)

Travis Tritt – 55 years old (1963) – Country singer

Julie Warner – 53 years old (1965) – Actress (“Doc Hollywood”, “Mr. Saturday Night”, “Indian Summer”, “The Puppet Masters”, “Tommy Boy”, TV’s “Family Law”, “Nip/Tuck”)

Charlie Day – 42 years old (1976) – Actor (TV’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, movies “Horrible Bosses” and its sequel, “Monsters University”, “Pacific Rim”, “The Lego Movie”, “Fist Fight”)

Ziyi Zhang – 39 years old (1979) – Actress (“Memoirs of a Geisha”, “The Road Home”, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, “Rush Hour 2”, “Hero”, “House of Flying Daggers”, “The Banquet”)

David Gallagher – 33 years old (1985) – Actor (TV’s “7th Heaven”, movies “Look Who’s Talking Now”, “Angels in the Endzone”, “Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish”)

Michael B. Jordan – 31 years old (1987) – Actor (TV’s “Fruitvale Station”, “Creed”, “Friday Night Lights”, “The Wire”, “All My Children”, “Parenthood”, movies “Fantastic Four”, “Chronicle”)

Camille Winbush – 28 years old (1990) – Actress (TV’s “The Bernie Mac Show”)



Pizza Day

Read In The Bathtub Day

Safer Internet Day

Toothache Day


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