Thursday, February 9, 2012

February 9 in History

February 9 is the 40th day of the year. There are 326 days remaining until the end of the year.
  • 1775 – The British Parliament declared Massachusetts in rebellion.
  • 1825 – When no presidential candidate received a majority of electoral votes in the 1824 election, the United States House of Representatives chose John Quincy Adams to be President of the United States. 
  • 1870 – The United States Weather Bureau was established.
  • 1885 - The first Japanese government approved immigrants arrived in Hawaii.
  • 1889 – President Grover Cleveland signed a bill elevating the United States Department of Agriculture to a Cabinet-level agency.
  • 1895 – William Morgan created a game called Mintonette, which became known as volleyball.  
  • 1900 – Tennis’ Davis Cup competition was established.
  • 1950 – Senator Joseph McCarthy accused the United States Department of State of being filled with Communists.
  • 1964 – The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. 
  • 1965 – The first United States combat troops are sent to South Vietnam.
  • 1971 – Satchel Paige became the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1995 – Astronaut Bernard Harris became the first African American to perform a spacewalk.
  • 1995 – Astronaut Michael Foale became the first Briton to perform a spacewalk.

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