Today is Thursday, February. 9th, the 40th day of 2017. There are 325 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights in History:
1773 The ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison, was born in Charles City County, Virginia.
1825 The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
1861 Jefferson Davis was elected provisional president of the Confederate States of America at a congress held in Montgomery, Alabama.
1870 The U.S. Weather Bureau was established.
1943 The World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.
1950 In a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the State Department was riddled with Communists.
1964 The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” broadcast from New York by CBS.
1971 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in California’s San Fernando Valley claimed 65 lives. The crew of Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man’s third landing on the moon.
1984 Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov, 69, died 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he was followed by Konstantin U. Chernenko (chehr-NYEN’-koh).
1997 Best Products closed the last of its stores, a victim of the diminishing allure of the catalog showroom concept of retailing.
2002 Britain’s Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died in London at age 71.
Television journalist Roger Mudd is 89.
Actress Janet Suzman is 78.
Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee is 77.
Actress-politician Sheila James Kuehl (kyool) (TV: “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”) is 76.
Singer-songwriter Carole King is 75. Actor Joe Pesci is 74.
Singer Barbara Lewis is 74.
Author Alice Walker is 73.
Actress Mia Farrow is 72.
Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., is 71.
Singer Joe Ely is 70.
Actress Judith Light is 68.
Rhythm-and-blues musician Dennis “DT” Thomas (Kool & the Gang) is 66.
Actor Charles Shaughnessy is 62.
Actor Ed Amatrudo (TV: “Nashville”) is 61.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is 60.
Jazz musician Steve Wilson is 56.
Country singer Travis Tritt is 54. Actress Julie Warner is 52.