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Today in History
Today in History: Tuesday, February  09, 2016
AP Highlight in History:
On Feb. 9, 1950, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, during a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. (The Wisconsin Republican never provided any evidence to substantiate his claims.)
Audio LinkSen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis.
 
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On this date in:
1773William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was born in Charles City County, Va.
1825The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
1861The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.
1942Daylight-saving "war time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.
1943The World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.
1964The Beatles made their first live American TV appearance, on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Audio LinkEd Sullivan introduces the Beatles

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1971Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.
1984Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev.
2002Britain's Princess Margaret, the sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died at age 71.
2009New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted he took banned substances from 2001 to 2003.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Singer-songwriiter Carole King turns 74 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Roger MuddBroadcast journalist88
J.M. CoetzeeNobel Prize-winning author76
Joe PesciActor73
Alice WalkerAuthor ("The Color Purple")72
Mia FarrowActress71
Jim WebbFormer U.S. senator, D-Va.70
Judith LightActress ("Who's the Boss?")67
Travis TrittCountry singer53
Julie WarnerActress51
Ziyi ZhangActress ("Memoirs of a Geisha")37
Actor Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") turns 40 years old today.
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