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History Events on February 09

Voters in Lithuania vote for independence.


1971 San Fernando earthquake
The 6.5-6.7 Mw? Sylmar earthquake hits the Greater Los Angeles Area with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), killing 64 and injuring 2,000.


Ulysses S. Grant
US president Ulysses S. Grant signs a joint resolution of Congress establishing the U.S. Weather Bureau.


Svalbard Treaty
Under the terms of the Svalbard Treaty, international diplomacy recognizes Norwegian sovereignty over Arctic archipelago Svalbard, and designates it as demilitarized.


Habsburg Monarchy
The Habsburg Empire joins the Russo-Turkish War in the Russian camp.


Capture of Fort Rocher
The Capture of Fort Rocher takes place during the Anglo-Spanish War.


Boleslaus III, Duke of Bohemia
Boleslaus III is restored to authority with armed support from Boles?aw I the Brave of Poland.


Halley's Comet
Halley's Comet last appeared in the inner Solar System.


American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War: The British Parliament declares Massachusetts in rebellion.


Korean War
Korean War: The two-day Geochang massacre begins as a battalion of the 11th Division of the South Korean Army kills 719 unarmed citizens in Geochang, in the South Gyeongsang district of South Korea


2018 Winter Olympics
2018 Winter Olympics: opening ceremony is performed in Pyeongchang County in South Korea.


Allies of World War II
World War II: Allied authorities declare Guadalcanal secure after Imperial Japan evacuates its remaining forces from the island, ending the Battle of Guadalcanal.


Grover Cleveland
US president Grover Cleveland signs a bill elevating the United States Department of Agriculture to a Cabinet-level agency.


Brazil becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.


Bad Aibling rail accident
Two passenger trains collided in the German town of Bad Aibling in the state of Bavaria. Twelve people died, and 85 others were injured.


William G. Morgan
William G. Morgan creates a game called Mintonette, which soon comes to be referred to as volleyball.


The Beatles
The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA.


Zeno (emperor)
Zeno is crowned as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire.


United States Marine Corps
The United States Marine Corps sends a MIM-23 Hawk missile battalion to South Vietnam, the first American troops in-country without an official advisory or training mission.


World War II
World War II: The Cathedral of San Lorenzo in Genoa, Italy is struck by a bomb which fails to detonate.


American Civil War
American Civil War: Jefferson Davis is elected the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America by the Confederate convention at Montgomery, Alabama.


World War II
World War II: Top United States military leaders hold their first formal meeting to discuss American military strategy in the war.


Soyuz 17
The Soyuz 17 Soviet spacecraft returns to Earth.


Pope Gregory XV
Gregory XV becomes Pope, the last Pope elected by acclamation.


Allies of World War II
World War II: A force of Allied aircraft unsuccessfully attacked a German destroyer in Førdefjorden, Norway.


Copernicium is discovered, by Sigurd Hofmann, Victor Ninov et al.


R-7 Semyorka
The R-7 Semyorka, the first intercontinental ballistic missile, becomes operational at Plesetsk, USSR.


Apollo program
Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned Moon landing.


Russo-Japanese War
Russo-Japanese War: Battle of Port Arthur concludes.


Bishop of Gloucester
Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper is burned at the stake.


Battle of the Atlantic
World War II: Battle of the Atlantic: HMS Venturer sinks U-864 off the coast of Fedje, Norway, in a rare instance of submarine-to-submarine combat.


Daylight saving time
Year-round Daylight saving time aka War Time is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources.


Davis Cup
The Davis Cup competition is established.


Satchel Paige
Satchel Paige becomes the first Negro League player to be voted into the USA's Baseball Hall of Fame.


Budd Company
The Budd Company unveils its first SPV-2000 self-propelled railcar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


The Provisional Irish Republican Army declares the end to its 18-month ceasefire and explodes a large bomb in London's Canary Wharf, killing two people.
Second Red Scare: US Senator Joseph McCarthy accuses the United States Department of State of being filled with Communists.
The Balkan Entente is formed.
A group of meteors is visible across much of the eastern seaboard of North and South America, leading astronomers to conclude the source had been a small, short-lived natural satellite of the Earth.
The Mud March is the first large procession organised by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).
The new Roman Republic is declared.
After no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes in the US presidential election of 1824, the United States House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams as President of the United States.