spotlight Today In History, Feb. 9: "Ed Sullivan Show" Feb 9, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Saturday, Feb. 9.Today's Highlight in History: 1964: "The Ed Sullivan Show" On Feb. 9, 1964, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," broadcast from New York on CBS. AP 1825: John Quincy Adams In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes. AP 1861: Jefferson Davis In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected provisional president of the Confederate States of America at a congress held in Montgomery, Alabama. AP 1942: SS Normandie In 1942, the SS Normandie, a former French liner being refitted for the U.S. Navy at a New York pier, caught fire (it capsized early the next morning). AP 1943: Battle of Guadalcanal In 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces. AP 1950: Joseph McCarthy In 1950, in a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged that the State Department was riddled with Communists. AP 1964: G.I. Joe In 1964, the G.I. Joe action figure was introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York. AP 1971: San Fernando Earthquake In 1971, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in California's San Fernando Valley claimed 65 lives. The crew of Apollo 14 returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon. AP 1984: Yuri V. Andropov In 1984, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov, 69, died 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he was followed by Konstantin U. Chernenko (chehr-NYEN'-koh). AP 2002: Princess Margaret In 2002, Britain's Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died in London at age 71. AP 2005: Carly Fiorina In 2005, Hewlett-Packard Co. chief executive Carly Fiorina was forced out by board members, ending her nearly six-year reign. AP 2009: Alex Rodriguez Ten years ago: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez admitted to taking performance-enhancing drugs, telling ESPN he'd used banned substances while with the Texas Rangers for three years. AP 2009: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama used his first news conference since taking office to urgently pressure lawmakers to approve a massive economic recovery bill. AP 2009: Lindsey Vonn Ten years ago: Lindsey Vonn won the downhill for her second gold at the World Championships in Val D'isere, France, becoming the second American woman (after Andrea Mead Lawrence) to win two golds at a worlds. AP 2009: Robert Anderson Ten years ago: Playwright Robert Anderson ("Tea and Sympathy") died in New York at age 91. AP 2014: Copenhagen Zoo Five years ago: Despite a wave of online protests, Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark killed a healthy male giraffe named "Marius" because of rules imposed by a European zoo association to deter inbreeding. AP 2014: Gabriel Axel Five years ago: Danish movie director Gabriel Axel ("Babette's Feast") died in Copenhagen at age 95. AP 2014: Michael Sam Five years ago: Missouri All-American Michael Sam came out to the nation as an openly gay player in published interviews with ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports. AP 2014: Sochi Olympics Five years ago: Host country Russia won its first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics, winning the team figure skating event; Matthias Mayer of Austria won the men's downhill. AP 2017: Trump Travel Ban Lawsuit In 2017, a federal appeals court refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, unanimously rejecting the administration's claim of presidential authority, questioning its motives and concluding that the order was unlikely to survive legal challenges. AP 2018: Trump Budget One year ago: President Donald Trump signed a $400 billion budget deal that sharply boosted spending, swelling the federal deficit; the measure ended a brief overnight federal government shutdown. AP 2018: Winter Olympics One year ago: At the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, North and South Korean athletes entered Olympic Stadium together, waving flags showing a unified Korea; it was their first joint Olympic march in more than a decade. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight What should you be driving? promotion Enter Today! Great Grocery Giveaway! More Latest Local Offers Valley Eye Care We Believe Life is All About Your Vision. Call Valley Eye Care Today for an Appointment (541) 754-6222.