What happened on February 9 News and Events on This Day in History
Find Out What happened 9th February Major News Stories include San Fernando earthquake, Battle of Guadalcanal, Work Relief and Flood Rehab Passed, Post Goes Up to 2 cents, The Beatles Appear On the Ed Sullivan Show,
U.S. 1971 U.S.A. Sylmar earthquake
9th February, 1971 : The San Fernando earthquake ( 6.6 ) at 6:00 AM ruptures a segment of the San Fernando fault zone, causing the loss of life of 65 , the worst loss of life was at the at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Fernando, where 49 people died. The damage caused by the quake was estimated at 1/2 billion dollars due to damage to buildings, bridges and major freeways including Interstate 5
World 1943 World War II Battle of Guadalcanal
9th February, 1943 : The Battle of Guadalcanal, which occurred in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, had ended on this day. This was a very important victory over the Japanese, which was achieved by the United States. Find More What happened in 1943
U.S. 1961 U.S.A. Medicare Program
9th February, 1961 : President Kennedy asked Congress to approve a health insurance program ( The Medicare Program ) for 14.2 million Americans 65 or older, financed by an increase in Social Security taxes.
U.S. 1920 U.S.A. Wellsboro Corning Glass Works
9th February, 1920 : Following a major fire which destroyed the plant Superintendent Smith of the Wellsboro Corning Glass Works plant had dispelled rumors that the plant was going to close. He also had mentioned that there were no grounds for this rumor at all. Necessary repairs were going to be made, but the plant was to remain open.
U.S. 1937 U.S.A. Work Relief and Flood Rehab
9th February, 1937 : A bill was passed which allowed for a total of $940,000,000 to be used for relief projects. $790,000,000 of this money was intended to be used to fund work relief and flood rehab programs. This aid was expected to be administered between February 1st and June 31st.
It took several weeks to reach a verdict regarding this bill. This was one of the most controversial pieces of legislation passed during this time in history.
World 1942 World War II Joint Chiefs of Staff
9th February, 1942 : For the first time since the start of the war, the Joint Chiefs of Staff had come together for an official meeting. The purpose of this staff was to coordinate military strategy, which would help the allied forces (i.e. U.S., France, Italy, Russian Empire, British Empire) win World War II.
U.S. 1942 U.S.A. USS Normandie
9th February, 1942 : The USS Normandie had burned in New York on this day, while in the process of being converted to an allied transport ship. Normandie was regarded as the number one most elegant ocean liner ever built.
U.S. 1950 U.S.A. Post Goes Up to 2 cents
9th February, 1950 : A majority has been reached among the members of the United States House of Representatives regarding the hike in postal rates. As a result of a voice vote made on this day, a bill was passed which had raised the rate of postal card rates from one to two cents. Regular letter rates would stay at three cents.
U.S. 1950 U.S.A. Joseph Mc Carthy
9th February, 1950 : Senator Joseph Mc Carthy from Wisconsin had announced that 205 communists had made their way into the U.S. State Department.
U.S. 1964 U.S.A. The Beatles
9th February, 1964 : For the first time ever, the popular music group the Beatles had appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Shortly afterwards, they played their first American concert at the Coliseum.
The Beatles had come a long way-literally. They originated from London, England, and were told that they “could not carry a tune across the Atlantic”. In the early days they were though of to be no more than a fad. That of course was proven wrong many times over.
UK 1966 UK Dounreay Nuclear Reactor
9th February, 1966 : The first of it's kind a Prototype Fast Reactor (PFR) is to be built at the Dounreay power station on the north coast of Scotland. This reactor will be 5 times more efficient at obtaining the extraction of the energy available in nuclear fuel than current reactors in use.
U.S. 1969 U.S.A. 747 Test Flight
9th February, 1969 : Boeing 747 airliner takes its first test flight piloted by test pilots Jack Waddell and Brien Wygle at the controls
UK 1979 UK Football Transfer Record Over a Million
9th February, 1979 : England forward Trevor Francis signs for Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest side in Britain's first £1m transfer deal.
U.S. 1981 U.S.A. Bill Haley
9th February, 1981 : Bill Haley dies at age 56 he brought the existing genre of rock and roll into the spotlight with his chart-topping single "Rock Around the Clock," in 1955.
U.S. 1996 U.S.A. Kasparov
9th February, 1996 : The legendary Russian Chess Grandmaster Kasparov loses his first chess game ever to IBM's chess computer Deep Blue. He did go on to gain three wins and two draws and easily wins the match
U.S. 2001 U.S.A. USS Greenville
9th February, 2001 : An American submarine (USS Greenville) accidentally struck a Japanese fishing boat and nine lives were lost. This event took place off the coast of Hawaii in Pearl Harbor.
UK 2002 UK Princess Margaret
9th February, 2002 : Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died at age 71 after suffering a massive stroke.
Pakistan 2008 Pakistan Political Unrest
9th February, 2008 : The political unrest in Pakistan continues following the murder of Benazir Bhutto and the detention of the deposed chief justice. An estimated 100,000 supporters of Benazir Bhutto turned out for her party's first major election rally since her assassination. Meanwhile in the capital of Islamabad riot police used water cannons and tear gas on protesters over the detention of the deposed chief justice. Also at a political gathering Saturday in northwestern Pakistan, a bomb is detonated killing at least 25 people.
Turkey 2008 Turkey Turkey eases the use of headscarves
9th February, 2008 : Turkey's parliament has approved the two constitutional amendments that will ease the ban on women wearing Islamic headscarves in universities. This has been a divisive issue in Turkey, where the state is supposed to be secular. The government has said that the ban would mean that many girls were denied an education, but the secular establishment see this as a first step to allowing a more prominent Islamic influence on the state. This has been the final vote on it, in which lawmakers voted 411-103 in favour of the constitutional amendments that will allow equal treatment from state institutions and
'no one can be deprived of (his or her) right to higher education.'
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Egypt 2009 Egypt Thirty mummies discovered at Saqqara
9th February, 2009 : A storehouse of thirty Egyptian mummies has been unearthed inside a 2,600-year-old tomb. These have been found in the
excavation of the necropolis at Saqqara outside Cairo. The tomb was discovered at the bottom of a 36-foot-deep shaft,
announced the secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. The ancient warehouse dates back to around
640 B.C. and the 26th dynasty, which was Egypt's last independent kingdom before it was overthrown by a succession of
foreign conquerors, beginning with the Persians and ending with the Ptolemies.
United States 2009 United States A cyber-security review is ordered
9th February, 2009 : The Obama administration has ordered an interagency review of the government's cyber-security efforts. The sixty-day
examination will be headed by Melissa Hathaway, who was the Cyber-coordination Executive to the Director of National
Intelligence. The review is set to last sixty days and takes in all the plans, programs and activities of other official U.S. cyber-
security research. It is hoped that this will result in a strategy to improve the way in which the U.S. defends itself against
Afghanistan 2011 Afghanistan Islamic University Damaged by Bomb
9th February, 2011 : The Islamic University of Afghanistan in Jalalabad
was damaged by a bomb blast. The University founded by Westerner,
John Butt, had received threats previously. Authorities believed that the
attack was carried out by the Taliban. There were no injuries caused by
Maldives 2012 Maldives Arrest Warrant Issued for Former Maldives President
9th February, 2012 : An arrest warrant has been issued in the Maldives for the former president Mohamed Nasheed. Nasheed resigned a few days earlier amid protests, but claims that he was forced to resign in a coup.
Italy 2013 Italy Knights of Malta Celebrate Anniversary
9th February, 2013 : The Knights of Malta, a Catholic church military order, celebrated their 900 year anniversary in Rome. The order was created during the middle ages and is one of only few still operating.
Celebrating Birthday's TodayCarmen Miranda Born: Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha 9th February 1909 Marco de Canaveses, Portugal Died: 5th August 1955 Beverly Hills, California, U.S.. Known For : Carmen Miranda is best remembered as samba singer, dancer, Broadway star and movie actress popular in the fourties and Fifties, best known for her trademark towering headdresses made of fruit and Samba Dancing and Singing.
Mia Farrow Born: Maria de Lourdes Villiers Farrow 9th February 1945 Los Angeles, California, Known For : Mia Farrow is best known as an American Actress who has appeared in many Movies including Rosemary's Baby, John and Mary, The Great Gatsby and The Omen. While married to her first husband Frank Sinatra she gained her big break appearing in the popular primetime soap opera Peyton Place as Allison MacKenzie. her second marriage was to André Previn from 1970 to 1979, She had a long term relationship with Woody Allen from 1980 to 1992 until she discovered he had been having an affair with her adopted daughter Soon-Yi. Mia Farrow is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a high profile advocate for children's rights, working to raise funds and awareness for children in conflict affected regions including the Dream for Darfur campaign.