Today's History Trivia for February 9
1825 Jackson Wins the Election, But Loses the Presidency Andrew Jackson defeats John Quincy Adams (99 to 84 electoral votes) in the U.S. Presidential election. However, since this was not the necessary majority, the election was turned over to the House of Representatives as per the 12th Amendment. They chose Adams making him President. This infuriated Jackson supporters since Jackson had won both the electoral vote and popular vote.
1972 Paul McCartney and Wings The ex-Beatle and his new group make their debut performance at Nottingham University, England.
1964 The Beatles The Fab Four make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was watched by 73.7 million people.
1950 McCarthyism Sen. Joseph McCarthy launches his anti-Red campaign when he addresses a Republican Women's Club telling them that members of the Communist Party are working in the State Department.
1926 Evolution Teaching of Darwin's theory of evolution in public schools is banned by Atlanta's Board of Education.
1909 First U.S. federal narcotics prohibition The importation and smoking of opium is banned. The law went into effect on April 1.
1870 U.S. National Weather Service Congress establishes the agency as a division of the U.S. Army.
1865 Civil War Gen. Robert E. Lee assumes command of the Confederate armies. Source: The Civil War Day by Day
1861 Civil War Jefferson Davis is unanimously elected provisional president of the Confederate States of America. Source: The Civil War Day by Day
1775 American Revolution The British Parliament declares the Massachusetts Colony to be in a state of rebellion.
1690 King William's War French and Indian forces burn Schenectady, New York.
Today's Birthdays for February 9
1773 William Henry Harrison d. 1841 9th U.S. President (Mar. 4 - Apr. 4, 1841). He died of pneumonia 31 days after taking office, making him the first U.S. president to die in office. His inaugural address took almost two hours and is longest in American history. Three weeks after his inauguration, he became sick with a cold. Harrison's doctors tried several cures, such as opium and leeches, but to no avail. He died nine days later.
1949 Judith Light American Emmy-winning actress. TV: One Life to Live (Karen Wolek) and Who's the Boss? (Angela).
1945 Mia Farrow American actress. Film: Rosemary's Baby (1968, Rosemary). TV: Peyton Place (Allison MacKenzie).
1944 Alice Walker American Pulitzer-winning author, "womanist." Writings: The Color Purple (Pulitzer).
1943 Joe Pesci American actor. Film: Raging Bull (1980), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), and Home Alone (1990).
1942 Carole King (Carole Klein), American Grammy-winning singer. Music: It's Too Late (1971, #1).
1939 Barry Mann American songwriter, teamed with Cynthia Weil. Over 150 million copies of their songs have been sold. Music: On Broadway (Drifters), You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (Righteous Brothers), and Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton).
1928 Roger Mudd American Emmy-winning TV newscaster.
1922 Kathryn Grayson d. 2010 (Zelma Hedrick), American actress, star of many MGM musicals of the 1940s and '50s. Film: Show Boat (1951) and Kiss Me Kate (1953).
1914 Ernest Tubb d. 1984 American country music Hall of Famer. Music: I'm Walkin' the Floor Over You (1942) and Goodnight, Irene (1950, #1).
1909 Heather Angel d. 1986 British actress. TV: Family Affair (Miss Faversham).
1909 Carmen Miranda d. 1955 (Maria do Carmo Miranda Da Cunha), Portuguese-born Brazilian dancer, actress, the "Brazilian Bombshell," known for her fruit-bearing headgear. She was the highest-paid performer of the 40s. She also experienced a famous wardrobe malfunction that exposed her pubic area.
Deaths for February 9
2010 Walter Frederick Morrison b. 1920 American inventor. He invented the Frisbee (c1937). He got the idea when someone offered to buy the cake pan he and his future wife were tossing back and forth at the beach. He was also a prisoner of the infamous Stalag 13 during World War II.
2002 Princess Margaret b. 1930 Countess of Snowdon and sister of Queen Elizabeth II.
2002 Fred Gehrke b. 1918 American NFL football player (1940-50). He designed the first NFL football helmet logo (Los Angeles Rams, 1948). He is also credited with creating the first helmet with a full facemask. This was after having broken his nose three times during the 1946 season.
1995 David Wayne b. 1914 (Wayne James McMeekan), American actor. TV: Dallas (1978, Digger Barnes).
1984 Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov b. 1914 Soviet leader.
1981 Bill Haley b. 1925 American rock 'n' roll pioneer. Music: Rock Around the Clock (1954, #1).
1969 Gabby Hayes b. 1885 (George Hayes), American western actor. Film: Hopalong Cassidy films (Windy).
1966 Sophie Tucker b. 1887 (Sophie Kalish-Abuza), Ukranian-born American cabaret singer. Music: I'm The Last Of The Red Hot Mamas (1929, It became her billing for the rest of her life).
1881 Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky b. 1821 Russian author. Writings: Crime and Punishment (1866) and The Brothers Karamazov (1880).
249 Saint Apollonia b. ???? patron saint of dentists and people with toothaches. After having her teeth beaten out for refusing to renounce her faith, she leapt to her death in a fire.