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.)
Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis.
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William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, was born in Charles City County, Va.
The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
The Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.
Daylight-saving "war time" went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.
The World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.
The Beatles made their first live American TV appearance, on "The Ed Sullivan Show."