Today in History, February 9th

By | February 9, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, February 9th!

1773 William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was born in Charles City County, Va.William_Henry_Harrison
1799 The USS Constellation captures the French frigate Insurgente off the West Indies.
1825 The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
1861 Jefferson F. Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.
1864 Union General George Armstrong Custer marries Elizabeth Bacon in their hometown of Monroe, Mich.
1904 Japanese troops land near Seoul, Korea, after disabling two Russian cruisers.
1909 France agrees to recognize German economic interests in Morocco in exchange for political supremacy.
1916 Conscription begins in Great Britain as the Military Service Act becomes effective.
1922 The U.S. Congress establishes the World War Foreign Debt Commission.
1942 Chiang Kai-shek meets with Sir Stafford Cripps, the British viceroy in India.
1942 Daylight-saving “war time” went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.
1943 The Red Army takes back Kursk 15 months after it fell to the Germans.
1946 Stalin announces the new five-year plan for the Soviet Union, calling for production boosts of 50 percent.Joseph-Stalin
1951 Actress Greta Garbo gets U.S. citizenship.
1953 The French destroy six Viet Minh war factories hidden in the jungles of Vietnam.
1964 The U.S. embassy in Moscow is stoned by Chinese and Vietnamese students.
1964 The Beatles made their first live American TV appearance, on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
1971 Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man’s third landing on the moon.
1978 Canada expels 11 Soviets in spying case.
1984 Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev.Yuri V. Andropov
1994 Nelson Mandela becomes the first black president of South Africa.
2002 Britain’s Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died at age 71.
2009 New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted he took banned substances from 2001 to 2003.

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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