Chicago Daily Tribune
ON FEBRUARY 9 ...
In 1825 the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
In 1861 the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander Stephens vice president.
In 1942 Daylight-saving “War Time” went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.
In 1943 the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.
In 1950, in a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the State Department
was riddled with Communists.
In 1964 The Beatles made their first live American television appearance, on CBS’ “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
In 1971 the Apollo 14 spacecraft returned to Earth after man’s third landing on the moon.
In 1996 the Irish Republican Army ended its ceasefire with a truck bombing in London that killed two and injured 37.
In 1997 Best Products closed the last of its stores, a victim of the diminishing allure of the catalog showroom concept of retailing.
In 2001 a U.S. Navy submarine collided with a Japanese fishing boat off the Hawaiian coast, killing nine men and boys aboard the boat.
In 2004 anti-government rebels took control of nearly a dozen towns in western Haiti as the death toll in the violent uprising rose to at least 40.
In 2005 a new postage stamp honoring President Ronald Reagan was issued.
In 2008 the shuttle Atlantis, carrying a European built science lab, docked with the International Space Station.
In 2012 federal and Illinois officials announced a $25 billion settlement with the nation’s top five mortgage servicers that promised assistance for a select group of 1.75 million borrowers while setting new standards for how struggling homeowners are treated. Also in 2012 , the city of Chicago agreed to pay $6.2 million to settle a lawsuit regarding police conduct during a 2003 downtown protest against the Iraq War. About 800 people were detained and 500 of them arrested in an action a federal appellate judge ruled was unjustified.
In 2013 hundreds of mourners and dignitaries, including first lady Michelle Obama, packed the funeral service for Hadiya Pendleton, a 15year-old honor student who was shot and killed Jan. 29 as she stood with friends at a park about a mile from President Barack Obama’s home in the Kenwood neighborhood.
In 2014 Missouri All American linebacker Michael Sam announced he was gay three months before the NFL draft. (The St. Louis Rams later drafted Sam in the seventh round, making him the first openly gay player in NFL history.)