Friday, February 09, 2007

Today in HIstory....February 9

On this day in …

* 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes

* 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected the provisional president of the Confederate States of America

* 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau was established

* 1942, daylight-saving "War Time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward

* 1950, in a speech in Wheeling, W. Va., Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists

* 1964, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on CBS

* 1971, the crew of Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon

* 1997, Best Products closed the last of its stores, a victim of the diminishing allure of the catalog showroom concept of retailing

* 2006, President Bush defended U.S. surveillance efforts, saying spy work helped thwart terrorists plotting to use shoe bombs to hijack an airliner and crash it into the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast

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