Historical Events on February 9
- 1825: The U.S House of Representatives elect John Quincy Adams as the President of the U.S when the Electoral College fails to give a majority to any Presidential candidate.
- 1861: The Confederate Convention in Montgomery. Alabama elects Jefferson Davis as the Provisional Confederate President of the Confederate States of America.
- 1870: A joint resolution of Congress that establishes the United States Weather Bureau is signed by United States President Ulysses S. Grant.
- 1889: The U.S Department of Agriculture is raised to a Cabinet level position when United States President Grover Cleveland signs the bill elevating it to such status.
- 1941: A bomb dropped on the Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Genoa, Italy turns out to be a dud and fails to detonate during World War II.
- 1942: All the top military leaders in the U.S military hold their first formal meeting to discuss their military operations in the war.
- 1942: In order to help conserve energy resources, a year-round daylight savings time is reinstated in the U.S.
- 1943: Allied forces declare Guadalcanal to be secure after remaining Japanese forces left the island.
- 1945: British submarine the HMS Venturer torpedoes and sinks the German sub U-864 off of the coast of Fedje, Norway.
- 1950: United States Senator Joseph McCarthy publicly declares that the U.S Department of State is filled with communist agents.
Famous Birthdays on February 9
- American General and 9th President of the U.S., William Henry Harrison is born in 1773.
- English author and playwright, Anthony Hope is born in 1863.
- French biochemist and Nobel Prize laureate, Jacques Monod is born in 1910.
- American General Orlando Darby is born in 1911.
- American actor Joe Pesci is born in 1943.
- American economist and Nobel Prize laureate, Joseph Stiglitz is born in 1943.
- American novelist and short story writer, Alice Walker is born in 1944.
- Japanese cell biologist and Nobel Prize laureate, Yoshinori Ohsumi is born in 1945.
- American actress Judith Light is born in 1949.
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