Tuesday, February 9, 2016

What Happened This Day In History - February 9

February 9
1567Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, is murdered in his sick-bed in a house in Edinburgh when the house blows up.
1799The USS Constellation captures the French frigate Insurgente off the West Indies.
1825The House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams, sixth U.S. President.
1861Jefferson F. Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.
1864Union General George Armstrong Custer marries Elizabeth Bacon in their hometown of Monroe, Mich.
1904Japanese troops land near Seoul, Korea, after disabling two Russian cruisers.
1909France agrees to recognize German economic interests in Morocco in exchange for political supremacy.
1916Conscription begins in Great Britain as the Military Service Act becomes effective.
1922The U.S. Congress establishes the World War Foreign Debt Commission.
1942Chiang Kai-shek meets with Sir Stafford Cripps, the British viceroy in India.
1943The Red Army takes back Kursk 15 months after it fell to the Germans.
1946Stalin announces the new five-year plan for the Soviet Union, calling for production boosts of 50 percent.
1951Actress Greta Garbo gets U.S. citizenship.
1953The French destroy six Viet Minh war factories hidden in the jungles of Vietnam.
1964The U.S. embassy in Moscow is stoned by Chinese and Vietnamese students.
1978Canada expels 11 Soviets in spying case.
1994Nelson Mandela becomes the first black president of South Africa.
Born on February 9
1773William Henry Harrison, ninth U.S. President and the first to die in office.
1814Samuel Tilden, philanthropist.
1819Lydia E. Pinkham, patent-medicine maker and entrepeneur.
1846William Maybach, German engineer, designed the first Mercedes automobile.
1871Howard T. Ricketts, pathologist.
1874Amy Lowell, poet.
1880James Stephens, Irish writer (The Charwoman’s DaughterThe Crock of Gold).
1909Dean Rusk, Secretary of State under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
1923Brendan Behan, Irish playwright and poet (The HostageThe Quare Fellow).
1944Alice Walker, Pulitzer prize winning author (The Color Purple).

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