February 9th

2009
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted he took banned substances from 2001 to 2003.
Alex Rodriguez
2002
Britain's Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died at age 71.
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
2001
A U.S. nuclear sub struck the Ehime Maru, a Japanese fishing boat.
Ehime Maru and USS Greeneville collision
1996
The Irish paramilitary organization IRA ends an 18-month ceasefire by exploding a large bomb in London. The explosion in London's Canary Wharf left 2 people dead and 39 injured.
1996 Docklands bombing
1991
Lithuanians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.
Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania
1984
Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev.
Konstantin Chernenko
1972
British government declares state of emergency after month-long coal miners' strike.
UK miners' strike (1972)
1971
Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.
Apollo 14
1969
The Boeing 747 flies for the first time. The “Jumbo Jet” was the world's largest passenger aircraft at the time.
Boeing 747
1964
The Beatles embark on their first tour in the United States. Their appearance in the Ed Sullivan Sow marked the beginning of the “British Invasion”
The Beatles in the United States
1959
The world's first intercontinental ballistic missile becomes operational in the USSR. The Soviet R-7 Semyorka missile had a range of 8800 km (5500 mi).
R-7 Semyorka
1950
U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy launches his anti-communist campaign. On this day, McCarthy accused the U.S. State Department of being infiltrated by communists.
Joseph McCarthy
1943
The World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.
Guadalcanal Campaign
1942
Daylight-saving 'war time' went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.
History of time in the United States
1861
The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.
Confederate States presidential election, 1861
1825
The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
United States presidential election, 1824
1775
British Parliament declares Massachusetts colony is in rebellion.
Proclamation of Rebellion
1773
William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was born in Charles City County, Va.
William Henry Harrison
474
Zeno crowned as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire together with his son Leo II.
Zeno (emperor)