February 9 Events in History - February 9 Birthdays - February 9 Deaths
2015 The International Energy Agency estimates that oil prices will remain relatively low for the next five years, potentially dipping this year to an average of $55/barrel before increasing to about $73/barrel by the year 2020
2014 Switzerland votes to put a quota on the number of immigrants to the country from the European Union; 50.4% of voters approved of the measure
2014 Scientists from Australian National University observe the oldest star in the universe for the first time. The star, located 6,000 light years from Earth, serves as a fingerprint of the first stars in the universe; it is believed to be 13.7 billion years old
2013 Owen Paterson, UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, convenes with British retailers and the Food Standards Agency to determine how "beef" products containing horsemeat were sold in supermarkets
2013 Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research, Annette Schavan, resigns after she is stripped of her doctorate degree for plagiarism by the University of Dusseldorf
2012 As a cost-saving measure during bankcruptcy, Eastman Kodak Co. reports they will no longer make digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames
2012 The U.S. Department of Defense produces new guidelines that remove restrictions on the use of women in combat
2011 WikiLeaks cables claiming Saudi Arabia has exaggerated its crude oil reserves by 40% is published by The Guardian
2010 Former Phillipine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and 196 others are charged with murder relating to the Maguindanao massacre, November 2009
2002 XIX Winter Olympics opens in Salt Lake City Utah/Quebec City
1998 6th annual ESPY Awards
1998 Failed assassination attempt on Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze
1997 11th American Comedy Award: Debbie Reynolds
1997 47th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-120 at Cleveland
1997 Kelly Robbins wins LPGA Diet Dr. Pepper National Pro-Am
1997 LG Senior Golf Championship
1997 Mark O'Meara wins Buick golf invitational
1997 Palm Beach National LPGA Pro-Am
1997 Scotty Bowman, is 1st NHL coach to win 1,000 games
1996 WYNY-FM in New York City changes calls to WKTU-FM
1995 "Heiress" opens at Cort Theater New York City for 340 performances
1995 Irina Privalova runs female world record 50m (5.96 sec)
1994 Israeli minister Shimon Perez signs accord with PLO's Arafat
1993 Army of opium king Khun Sa kills 60 in NE Burma
1992 "2 Shakespearean Actors" closes at Cort Theater New York City after 29 performances
1992 42nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-113 at Orlando
1992 Fastest yodeler-22 tones/15 falsetto in 1 sec by Thomas School of Germ
1992 Heike Henkel high jumps female indoor world record (2.07m)
1992 Jani Sievinen swims world record 400m medley (4:07.10)
1992 NBA All Star Game - West beats East 153-113
1992 Shelley Hamlin wins LPGA Phar-Mor Golf Tournament at Hamlin Inverrary
1991 "This Is Ponderous" by 2nu peaks at #46
1991 Johann Olav Koss skates world record 5k (6:41:73)
1991 Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice and beats him
1991 U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Joseph Doherty case
1991 Wally Joyner wins record $2.1 million salary arbitration
1990 "Bradys" return to TV for 6 episodes on CBS TV
1990 Doina Melinte runs world indoor record 1.5k (4:00:27) and mile (4:17:13)
1990 Galileo flies by Venus
1990 Namibia's constitution ratified
1989 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games
1989 Michael Manley's Socialist Party wins Jamaica parliamentary election
1988 39th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-5 (OT) at St. Louis
1987 Former national security adviser Robert McFarlane attempts suicide
1987 New York Stock Exchange installs ladies restroom in the Exchange Luncheon Club
1986 36th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 139-132 at Dallas
1986 Halley's Comet reaches 30th perihelion (closest approach to Sun)
1986 Haydar Bakr al-Attas appointed president of South Yemen
1986 Marvin Johnson wins record 3rd time, light heavyweight boxing title
1986 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
1986 Tomb of Tutanchamon's treasurer Maya found in Egypt
1986 West German team swims world record 4x200 m freestyle (7:05.17)
1985 Madonna's "Like a Virgin," album goes #1 for 3 weeks
1984 "Rink" opens at Martin Beck Theater New York City for 204 performances
1983 Belgium buys 44 F-16s
1982 34th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-2 at Washington
1980 Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8, 3-pt goals in a game
1979 21st Grammy Awards: Just the Way You Are, Taste of Honey
1979 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special
1979 Beginning of James Clavell's novel "Whirlwind"
1979 Nigeria amends constitution
1976 Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's the Hall of Fame
1975 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic
1975 Soyuz 17 returns to Earth
1974 "Daddy What If" by Bobby Bare peaks at #41
1974 "The Americans (A Canadian's Opinion)" by Gordon Sinclair peaks at #24
1974 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Dorothy Hamill
1974 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Gordon McKellen Jr
1972 British Government declares state of emergency after month-long miners' strike
1971 Apollo 14 returns to Earth
1971 Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family
1971 Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 64 and causes over $ B damage
1971 Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball Hall of Fame
1969 KGTO TV channel 36 in Fayetteville, AR (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
1968 Rotterdam metro opened by princess Beatrix
1966 Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points
1964 1st appearance of Beatles on "Ed Sullivan Show" (73.7 million viewers)
1964 9th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
1964 GI Joe character created
1964 Hanumant Singh scores 105 India vs. England on debut at Delhi
1964 New York City news anchor Jim Jenson's 1st appearance on WCBS-TV
1963 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet
1963 7th largest snowfall in New York City history (42.4 cm, 16.7")
1962 Jamaica signs agreement to become independent
1962 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1961 Joseph Ileo appointed premier of Congo
1960 AFL and NFL agree verbally to a no tampering pact
1959 Coasters's "Charlie Brown" peaks at #2
1956 -5 degrees F (15 degrees C) in Sicily
1956 KHPL (now KWNB) TV channel 6 in Hayes Center, NB (ABC) 1st broadcast
1956 R. Lacoste follows Catroux as premier of Algeria
1955 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts crematory law
1955 U.S. federations of trade unions merge into AFL/CIO
1954 Mario Scelba forms new government in Italy
1953 "Adventures of Superman" TV series premieres in syndication
1953 WNEP TV channel 16 in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (ABC) 1st broadcast
1953 General Walter Bedell Smith, USA, ends term as 4th director of CIA Allen W Dulles, becomes acting director of CIA
1951 St. Louis Browns sign pitcher Satchel Paige, 45
1950 Senator Joseph McCarthy charges State Department infested with 205 communists
1948 WLWT TV channel 5 in Cincinnati, OH (NBC) begins broadcasting
1947 Bank robber Willie Sutton escapes jail in Philadelphia
1946 Dutch Labor Party (Dutch Social Democratic Party) forms
1945 WAAF-corporal flies along the tail of a Spitfire
1944 U-734/U-238 sunk off Ireland
1943 Franklin D. Roosevelt orders minimal 48 hour work week in war industry
1943 German riots at "plutocratenzoontjes," 1,200 in Vught Camp
1943 Japanese evacuate Guadalcanal, ends epic battle
1943 NL seeks buyer for Phillies, as owner Gerry Nugent, falls in arrears
1943 Nazis arrest Dutch sons of rich parents
1942 Daylight Savings War Time goes into effect in U.S.
1942 Japanese troops land near Makassar, South Celebes
1942 Philadelphia "Phillies" change nickname (temporarily) to "Phils"
1941 British troops conquer El Agheila
1941 Nazi collaborators destroy pro-Jewish cafe Alcazar Amsterdam (Alcazar refused to hang "No Entry for Jews" signs in front of cafe)
1940 Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1939 Belgian Spaak government falls
1935 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
1935 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Robin Lee
1934 -14.3 degrees F (-25.7 degrees C), coldest day in New York City
1934 -51 degrees F (-46 degrees C), Vanderbilt, Michigan (state record)
1934 Balkan Entente alliance forms (Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey and Romania)
1933 -63 degrees F (-53 degrees C), Moran, Wyoming (state record)
1932 America enter Olympic 2-man bobsled competition for 1st time
1932 U.S. airship Columbia crashes during storm in Flushing, New York
1929 U.S.S.R., Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Romania sign Litvinov Pact
1926 Teaching theory of evolution forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia schools
1925 German Minister Stresemann proposes security treaty with France
1925 Haifa Technion (Israel), opens
1924 Nakhichevan ASSR constituted within Azerbaijan SSR
1923 Soviet Aeroflot airlines forms
1922 Italian government of Bonomi falls
1922 Snow on Mauna Loa, Hawaii
1920 International treaty recognizes Norwegian sovereignty over Svalbard
1920 Joint Rules Com bans foreign substances and alterations to baseballs
1918 Army chaplain school organizes at Ft. Monroe Va
1918 Sacha Guitry's "Deburan," premieres in Paris
1916 Britain's military service act enforced (conscription)
1916 NL votes down a proposal by Giants, Braves, and Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22 (The Reds want to decrease to 20)
1913 10 Day Tragedy of Mexico-City; 3,000 die
1912 U.S. Tennis Association amends rule taking bye away from defending champion
1909 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)
1909 1st forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio
1906 Natal proclaims state of siege in Zulu uprising
1904 Japan declares war on Russia
1900 Dwight Davis established a new tennis trophy, the Davis Cup
1895 1st intercollegiate basketball game (Minn Agricult beats Hamline, 9-3)
1895 Volleyball invented by W. G. Morgan in Massachusetts
1893 Canal builder De Lesseps and others sentenced to prison for fraud
1893 Verdi's opera "Falstaff" premieres in Milan
1891 1st shipment of asparagus arrives in San Francisco from Sacramento
1886 President Cleveland declares a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence
1885 1st Japanese arrive in Hawaii
1871 Federal fish protection office authorized by Congress
1870 U.S. Army establishes U.S. National Weather Service
1867 Nebraska becomes 37th U.S. state
1863 Fire extinguisher patented by Alanson Crane
1861 Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens elected president and Vice President of Confederate States of America
1861 Tennessee votes against secession
1861 Confederate Provisional Congress declares all laws under the U.S. Constitution were consistent with constitution of Confederate states
1849 Roman Republic declared
1825 House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th U.S. president
1822 American Indian Society organizes
1807 French Sanhedrin convened by Napoleon
1801 France and Austrian sign Peace of Luneville
1799 USS Constellation captures French frigate Insurgents off Nevis, W I
1788 Austria declares war on Russia
1775 English Parliament declares Massachusetts colony is in rebellion
1744 Battle at Toulon (French/Spanish vs English fleet of Admiral Matthews)
1742 British ex-premier Walpole becomes earl of Orford
1682 Thomas Otway's "Venice Preserved," premieres in London
1674 English reconquer New York from Netherlands
1667 Treaty of Andrussovo: Russia/Poland signs peace treaty
1621 Alexander Ludovisi is elected Pope Gregory XV (-1623)
1574 Louis of Nassau ends siege of Maastricht
1554 Battle at London: Sir Thomas Wyatt defeated
1540 The 1st recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester)
1537 Pope Paul III routes Cardinal Pole to England
1499 France and Venice sign treaty against Milan
1267 Synod of Breslau orders Jews of Silesia to wear special caps