Today in History

Today is Saturday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2019. There are 325 days left in the year.

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Today is Saturday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2019. There are 325 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight: On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” broadcast from New York on CBS.

On this date:

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

In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected provisional president of the Confederate States of America at a congress held in Montgomery, Alabama.

In 1942, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II. Daylight-saving “War Time” went into effect in the United States, with clocks moved one hour forward. The SS Normandie, a former French liner being refitted for the U.S. Navy at a New York pier, caught fire (it capsized early the next morning).

Today’s birthdays: Television journalist Roger Mudd is 91. Actress Janet Suzman is 80. Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee is 79. Singer-songwriter Carole King is 77.

Thought for today: “The man who has eaten enough will never believe a hungry one.” — Albanian proverb.

— Associated Press

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