February 9

1861

Jefferson Davis was chosen as the president of the Confederate States of America.

1943

The battle of Guadalcanal ended with an American victory.

1950

Senator Joseph McCarthy claimed he had evidence there were card-carrying members of the Communist Party in the State Department.

1964

The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1991

Lithuanians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.

2001

A U.S. nuclear sub struck the Ehime Maru, a Japanese fishing boat.

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