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Today In History - February 9

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Today in History in 1825 the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams sixth United States President; in 1861 Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederated States of America; and in 1953 the “Adventures of Superman” TV series premiered in syndication.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1825 - House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US president
  • 1861 - Jefferson Davis & Alexander Stephens elected president & VP of the Confederate States of America (US Civil War)
  • 1870 - US Army establishes US National Weather Service
  • 1889 - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is established as a Cabinet-level agency
  • 1950 - Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept. infested with 205 communists
  • 1953 - "Adventures of Superman" TV series premieres in syndication
  • 1964 - 1st appearance of Beatles on "Ed Sullivan Show" (73.7 million viewers)

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1773 - William Henry Harrison, Charles City Virginia, 9th President of the United States (March 4-April 4, 1841)
  • 1909 - Carmen Miranda, Brazil, vocalist/actress (Copacabana, Date With Judy)
  • 1928 - Roger Mudd, Wash DC, news anchor (CBS Weekend News, NBC Evening News)
  • 1942 - Carole King, [Klein], Brooklyn NY, pianist/singer (Tapestry)
  • 1944 - Alice Walker, US, novelist (Color Purple, Meridian)
  • 1945 - Mia [Maria] Farrow, LA, actress (Rosemary's Baby, Purple Rose of Cairo)
  • 1955 - Jm J Bullock, Casper Wyoming, actor (Monroe-Too Close for Comfort)
  • 1956 - Philip Jackson Ford Jr, NC, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1963 - Travis Tritt, Marietta Ga., country vocalist (Country Club)

Famous Weddings

  • 1864 - Brigadier General George Armstrong Custer marries Elizabeth Clift Bacon
  • 1957 - Actor Richard Harris (26) weds socialite Elizabeth Rees (20)
  • 1989 - NBA power forward Charles Barkley (26) weds legal aide Maureen Blumhardt in Elkton, Maryland
  • 1991 - Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (42) weds equestrian Madeleine Gurdon (28) in Westminster, London

Famous Divorces

  • 2012 - Actress Parminder Nagra files for divorce from photographer James Stenson due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1881 - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime & Punishment), dies at 59
  • 1891 - Johan B Jongkind, Dutch/French painter (Winter View), dies at 71
  • 1906 - Paul Laurence Dunbar, African American dialect poet, dies at 33 in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1981 - Bill Haley, vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55
  • 1995 - David Wayne, [Wayne Mcmeekan], US actor (Dallas), dies at 81
  • 2002 - Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom (b. 1930)
  • 2007 - Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (b. 1934)

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