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Births for February 09


  • 1404 Constantine XI Dragases, last Byzantine Emperor
  • 1772 Frans Mikael Franz‚n, Finnish-Swedish poet (Abo)
  • 1773 William Henry Harrison, Va, (Whigs) 9th Pres (March 4-April 4, 1841)
  • 1775 Farkas/Wolfgang Bolyai, Hungary, mathematician (parallel axiom)
  • 1814 Samuel Jones Tilden, philanthropist for NY Public Library
  • 1826 John Alexander Logan, Major General (Union volunteers), died in 1886
  • 1830 Abdl Aziz, Istanbul, Ottoman sultan (1861-76)
  • 1846 Wilhelm Maybach, German engineer, designer of 1st Mercedes
  • 1853 Leander Starr Jameson, PM of South African Cape colony
  • 1854 Aletta (Henri‰tte) Jacobs, 1st Dutch female physician
  • 1857 John T, the Fisherman, theologist/Dutch 1st minister of Education
  • 1865 Erich von Drygalski, Germany, geographer/glaciologist/Antarctic expl
  • 1865 Mrs Patrick Campbell, England, actress (Sean O'Casey's mistress)
  • 1866 George Ade, US, journalist, playwright, humorist (Fables in Slang)
  • 1871 Franc S Finzgar, Slavic clergyman/writer (Our blood)
  • 1871 Howard T Ricketts, US pathologist (studied typhus fever)
  • 1874 Amy Lowell, US, critic/Imagist poet (Patterns)
  • 1874 Vsevolod Meyerhold, Russian theatrical producer/director/actor
  • 1876 Alo‹s Walgrave, Flemish writer/pastor (Ocean stand)
  • 1876 Martin Stixrud, Norway, figure skater (Olympic-bronze-1920)
  • 1879 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist
  • 1884 Frederik Gerretson, (Geerten Gossaert), poet/politician)
  • 1885 Alban Berg, Vienna, Austria, a Lulu of a composer!
  • 1887 Henry Zimmerman, baseball player (1912-batted .372 with 14 HRs)
  • 1887 Vital Celen, Flemish writer (Puppy Love)
  • 1889 Brian Donlevy, Irish actor (Dangerous Assignment, Beau Geste)
  • 1890 Jacobus JP Auld, architect/co-founder (St˜l)
  • 1891 Pietro Nenni, Italy, socialist/minister of foreign affairs (1946-47)
  • 1891 Ronald Colman, England, 1947 Acad Award actor (Tale of 2 Cities)
  • 1892 Peggy Wood, Bkln NY, actress (One Life to Live, Mama)
  • 1897 Charles Edward Kingsford-Smith, pioneer Australian aviator
  • 1899 Brian Donlevy, Portadown Ireland, actor (Steve-Dangerous Assignment)
  • 1907 Aubrey "Dit" Clapper, NHL hall of famer (Boston Bruins)
  • 1908 Jackie Fields, US, featherweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1924)
  • 1909 Dean Rusk, US Secretary of State (1961-69)
  • 1909 Heather Angel, Oxford England, actress (Informer, Last of Mohicans)
  • 1910 Jacques Monod, French biochemist
  • 1913 Leo van der Kar, masseur/businessman/founder (Sports funds)
  • 1914 Bill "Rhymes with Wreck" Veeck, baseball club owner
  • 1914 Carmen Miranda, Brazil, singer/actress (Copacabana, Date With Judy)
  • 1914 Ernest Tubb, Tx, guitarist/singer (I'm Walking the Floor over You)
  • 1914 Gypsy Rose Lee, Seattle Wash, stripper (or 0109 or 0208)
  • 1914 Ralph Herman, Milwaukee Wisc, orch leader (Circus Time)
  • 1922 Jim Laker, British cricket bowler
  • 1923 Brendan Behan, Ireland, author/poet (Hostage)
  • 1923 Kathryn Grayson, US, singer/actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate)
  • 1923 Norman E Shumway, Mich, pioneer cardiac transplant surgeon
  • 1928 Roger Mudd, Wash DC, news ancher (CBS Weekend News, NBC Evening News)
  • 1929 Bill Barrett, (Rep-R-Nebraska)
  • 1934 John A Ziegler Jr, Grosse Pointe Mich, 4th NHL pres (1977-92)
  • 1942 Carole King, (Klein), Brooklyn NY, pianist/singer (Tapestry)
  • 1942 Peder Lunde Jr, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1943 James King, New Orleans LA, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1943 Joe Pesci, Newark NJ, actor (Half Nelson, Goodfellas)
  • 1943 Jonny Nilsson, Sweden, 10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1943 Squire Fridell, Oakland Calif, actor (Rosetti & Ryan)
  • 1944 Alice Walker, US, novelist (Color Purple, Meridian)
  • 1945 Mia (Maria) Farrow, LA, actr (Rosemary's Baby, Purple Rose of Cairo)
  • 1949 Judith Light, Trenton NJ, (Angela-Who's the Boss, 1 Life to Live)
  • 1950 Andrew N Meltzoff, developmental psychologist
  • 1950 Lloyd Weldon Keasor, Pumphrey Md, wrestler (Olympic-silver-1976)
  • 1951 Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, saxophonist (Kool & Gang-Celebration)
  • 1951 Jay Inslee, (Rep-D-Washington)
  • 1951 Penny Peyser, Irvington NY, actress (Rich Man Poor Man)
  • 1953 Gary Franks, (Rep-R-Connecticut)
  • 1956 Philip Jackson Ford Jr, NC, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1960 Holly Johnson, vocalist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax)
  • 1963 Travis Tritt, country singer
  • 1965 Lennox Lewis, London England, Super HW boxer (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 1966 James "Rachel" Bolan, Pt Pleasant NJ, rocker (Skid Row-Psycho Love)
  • 1971 Leroy "Satchel" Paige elected to Baseball Hall of Fame


Passings for February 09


  • 1555 John Hooper, deprived Bishop of Gloucester, burnt for heresy
  • 1640 Murad IV, sultan of Turkey (1623-40), dies in Baghdad
  • 1670 Frederik III, King of Denmark/Norway (1648-70), dies at 60
  • 1811 Nevill Maskelyne, 5th Astronomer Royal of England dies
  • 1874 Jules Michelet, French historian (Lesson of R‚volution), dies
  • 1906 Paul Laurence Dunbar, black dialect poet, dies at 33 in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1932 Junnosuke Inouye, Japanese minister of Finance, murdered
  • 1936 Jacques Bainville, French historian/essayist/journalist, dies at 57
  • 1945 George J L Maduro, Antillean poet (Dachau, Madurodam), dies
  • 1948 Karl Valentin, German comic/writer, dies
  • 1957 Mikl¢s Horthy von Nagybanya, Hungarian regent (1920-44), dies
  • 1960 Earnest von Dohnanyi, US composer, dies at 82
  • 1961 Grigory Levenfish, Intl chess grandmaster from Russia, dies at 70
  • 1964 Willie Bryant, singer (Sugar Hill Times), dies at 55
  • 1966 Sophie Tucker, Russ/US singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies
  • 1968 Frederik M baron van Asbeck, lawyer (League of Nations), dies at 78
  • 1973 Max Yasgur, owner Woodstock-festival farmland, dies at 53
  • 1975 Constantly Burniaux, Belg writer/art historian (L'amour Vivre), dies
  • 1977 Gaus, an orangautan who lived to be 59
  • 1978 Kimberly Leach, 12, killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City, Fla
  • 1981 Billy Haley, 1st rocker, dies at 55
  • 1984 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras
  • 1984 Yuri Andropov, Soviet pres, in power only 15 months, dies at 69
  • 1993 David Willis, British journalist (BBC World Service), dies at 54
  • 1993 Nasrullah Mansoor, Afghan guerilla leader/governor of Paktia, dies


Special events for February 09


  • 1267 Synod of Breslau orders Jews of Silesia to wear special caps
  • 1621 Alexander Ludovisi is elected Pope Gregory XV (-1623)
  • 1674 English reconquer NY from Netherlands
  • 1799 USS Constellation captures French frigate Insurgente off Nevis, W I
  • 1822 American Indian Society organizes
  • 1825 House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US president
  • 1849 Roman Republic declared
  • 1861 Jefferson Davis & Alexander Stephens elected president & VP of CSA
  • 1861 Tennessee votes against secession
  • 1867 Nebraska becomes 37th US state
  • 1870 Grant signs bill establishing Federal Meteorological Service
  • 1870 US Army establishes US National Weather Service
  • 1871 Federal fish protection office authorized by Congress
  • 1877 US weather service established
  • 1882 J Palisa discovers asteroid #222 Lucia
  • 1885 1st Japanese arrive in Hawaii
  • 1891 1st shipment of asparagus arrives in SF from Sacramento
  • 1893 Canal builder De Lesseps & others sentenced to prison for fraud
  • 1895 1st intercollegiate basketball game (Minn Agricult beats Hamline, 9-3
  • 1895 Volleyball invented by W G Morgan in Massachusetts
  • 1904 Japan declares war on Russia
  • 1905 M Wolf discovers asteroid #558 Carmen
  • 1909 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)
  • 1912 J H Metcalf discovers asteroid #729 Watsonia
  • 1912 S Belyavskij discovers asteroid #849 Ara
  • 1912 US Tennis Assn ammends rule taking bye away from defending champion
  • 1913 -18) 10 Day Tragedy of Mexico-City; 3,000 die
  • 1916 Britains miltary service act enforced (conscription)
  • 1917 M Wolf discovers asteroid #863 Benkoela
  • 1918 Army chaplain school organized at Ft Monroe, Va
  • 1920 International treaty recognizes Norwegian sovereignty over Svalbard
  • 1922 Italian cabinet of Bonomi forms
  • 1922 Snow on Mauna Loa, Hawaii
  • 1923 Soviet Aeroflot airlines established
  • 1924 Nakhichevan ASSR constituted within Azerbaijan SSR
  • 1925 German Minister Stresemann signs security treaty with France
  • 1925 Haifa Techion (Israel), opens
  • 1926 Teaching theory of evolution forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia schools
  • 1929 USSR, Estonia, Latvia, Poland & Romania sign Litvinov Pact
  • 1932 US airship Columbia crashes during storm (Flushing, NY)
  • 1933 -63ø F (-53ø C), Moran, Wyoming (state record)
  • 1934 -14.3ø F (-25.8ø C), coldest day in New York City
  • 1934 -51ø F (-46ø C), Vanderbilt, Michigan (state record)
  • 1934 Balkan Entente alliance forms (Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey & Romania)
  • 1939 Belgian Spaak govt falls
  • 1940 Joe Louis defends heavyweight boxing title beating Arturo Godov
  • 1941 British troops conquer El Agheila
  • 1941 Nazis provoke 1st anti-Jewish riots in Amsterdam
  • 1942 Daylight Savings War Time goes into effect in US
  • 1942 Japanese troop land near Makassar, South-Celebes
  • 1942 Philadelphia "Phillies" change nickname (temporarily) to "Phils"
  • 1943 FDR orders minimal 48 hour work week in war industry
  • 1943 Japanese evacuate Guadalcanal, ends epic battle
  • 1945 -Feb 10th, Germany destroys Ruhrdammen
  • 1948 WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1950 Sen Joseph McCarthy charges State Dept infested with communists
  • 1953 "Adventures of Superman" TV series premiers in syndication
  • 1953 WNEP TV channel 16 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1954 Mario Scelba forms new govt in Italy
  • 1955 US federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO
  • 1956 -5ø F (15ø C) in Sicily
  • 1956 KHPL (now KWNB) TV channel 6 in Hayes Center, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • 1956 R Lacoste follows Catroux on as premier of Algeria
  • 1960 AFL & NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact
  • 1961 Joseph Ileo appointed premier of Congo
  • 1962 Jamaica signs agreement to become independent
  • 1963 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet
  • 1963 7th largest snowfall in NYC history (42.4 cm, 16.7")
  • 1964 1st appearance of Beatles on "Ed Sullivan Show" (73.7 million viewers
  • 1964 GI Joe character created
  • 1964 NYC news anchor Jim Jenson's 1st appearance on WCBS-TV
  • 1966 Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points
  • 1969 KGTO TV channel 36 in Fayetteville, AR (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1969 World's largest airplane, Boeing 747, makes 1st commercial flight
  • 1971 Apollo 14 returns to Earth
  • 1971 Earthquake shook Los Angeles, 64 die
  • 1971 Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 26 & causes over $«B damage
  • 1971 Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball HOF
  • 1975 L Kohoutek discovers asteroid #1963 Bezovec
  • 1975 Soyuz 17 returns to Earth
  • 1978 Bundy kills Kimberly Leach, 12, Lake City, Fla; later executed
  • 1979 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special
  • 1979 Beginning of James Clavell's novel "Whirlwind"
  • 1979 Nigeria amends constitution
  • 1980 Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8, 3-pt goals in a game
  • 1981 L Brozek discovers asteroid #2622 Bolzano & #3423
  • 1981 T Seki discovers asteroid #2396 Kochi & #2621 Goto
  • 1985 Madonna's "Like a Virgin," album goes #1 for 3 weeks
  • 1986 Halley's Comet reaches 30th perihelion (closest approach to Sun)
  • 1986 Marvin Johnson wins record 3rd time, light heavyweight boxing title
  • 1987 Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide
  • 1988 Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference 6-5 in NHL All Star Game
  • 1989 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 1989 Michael Manleys Socialist Party wins Jamaica parliamentary election
  • 1990 "Bradys" return to TV for 6 episodes on CBS TV
  • 1990 Doina Melinte runs world record 1500m (4:00:27) & mile (4:17:13)
  • 1990 Galileo flies by Venus
  • 1990 Namibia's constitution ratified
  • 1991 Johan Koss skatesr world record 5k (6:41:73)
  • 1991 US Supreme Court agrees to hear Joseph Doherty case
  • 1991 Voters in Lithuania vote for independence
  • 1992 NBA All Star Game - West beats East 153-113
  • 1993 Army of opium king Khun Sa kills 60 in NE Burma


Songs for date February 09


  • 02/09/51 --- Mockin' Bird Hill (Paul, Les)
  • 02/09/57 --- Marianne (Gilkyson, Terry & The Easy Riders )
  • 02/09/57 --- Marianne (Hilltoppers)
  • 02/09/59 --- I've Had It (Bell Notes)
  • 02/09/59 --- It's Just A Matter Of Time (Benton, Brook)
  • 02/09/59 --- Charlie Brown (Coasters)
  • 02/09/63 --- Blame It On The Bossa Nova (Gorme, Eydie)
  • 02/09/63 --- What Will Mary Say (Mathis, Johnny)
  • 02/09/74 --- Seasons In The Sun (Jacks, Terry)
  • 02/09/74 --- Come And Get Your Love (Redbone)
  • 02/09/80 --- Him (Holmes, Rupert)
  • 02/09/80 --- Too Hot (Kool & The Gang)
  • 02/09/80 --- Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) (Pink Floyd)
  • 02/09/80 --- How Do I Make You (Ronstadt, Linda)
  • 02/09/85 --- High On You (Survivor)
  • 02/09/91 --- Get Here (Adams, Oleta)
  • 02/09/91 --- Hold You Tight (Kemp, Tara)
  • 02/09/91 --- Signs (Tesla)
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