spotlight Today in history: Feb. 9 Feb 9, 2020 Feb 9, 2020 0 Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 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 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. J. Scott Applewhite 1950: Joseph McCarthy In 1950, in a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the State Department was riddled with Communists. AP 1964: The Beatles In 1964, the Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," broadcast from New York on CBS. 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 1986: Halley's Comet In 1986, during its latest visit to the solar system, Halley's Comet came closest to the sun (its next return will be in 2061). AP 1995: J. William Fulbright In 1995, Former Senator J. William Fulbright died in Washington at age 89. AP 2002: Princess Margaret In 2002, Britain's Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died in London at age 71. Fred Jewell 2007: Robert Gates In 2007, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters in Munich, Germany, that serial numbers and other markings on bombs provided "pretty good" evidence that Iranians were supplying either weapons or technology to Iraqi extremists. AP 2010: Michelle Obama Ten years ago: First lady Michelle Obama launched her "Let's Move!" campaign against childhood obesity. AP 2010: President Barack Obama Ten years ago: Appealing for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama sat down with Democrats and Republicans to spur cooperation on job creation, deficit reduction and health care overhaul. AP 2015: Barack Obama and Angela Merkel Five years ago: President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meeting at the White House, rallied behind efforts to reach a long-shot diplomatic resolution in Ukraine. AP 2015: Ed Sabol Five years ago: Ed Sabol, the NFL Films founder who revolutionized sports broadcasting, died in Scottsdale, Arizona, at age 98. AP 2015: Winter Weather Five years ago: More than 2 feet of fresh snow piled up in parts of New England, breaking records set during the Blizzard of 1978. AP 2019: Pacific Northwest Snow One year ago: More than a foot of snow fell in parts of the Pacific Northwest, with snow covering areas that were more accustomed to winter rain. AP 2019: Virginia One year ago: Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax called for authorities to investigate sexual assault allegations made against him and repeated his denials that he had ever sexually assaulted anyone; Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, meanwhile, made his first official appearance since he acknowledged wearing blackface in the 1980s. AP Tags Sweeps Wire Birthday Celebrity Facebook Twitter WhatsApp SMS Email Print Save × Post a comment as Emoticons [smile] [beam] [wink] [sad] [cool] [innocent] [rolleyes] [whistling] [lol] [huh] [tongue] [love] [sleeping] [yawn] [unsure] [angry] [blink] [crying] [ohmy] [scared] [sleep] [sneaky] [tongue_smile] [thumbdown] [thumbup] [censored] [happybirthday] [ban] [spam] [offtopic] [batman] [ninja] [pirate] [alien] Comment Text Cancel Post comment × Your comment has been submitted. × Report Cancel Report Abuse ×Reported ×There was a problem reporting this. × Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Watch this discussion Get an email notification whenever someone contributes to the discussion Notifications from this discussion will be disabled. Cancel Start watching Stop watching (0) comments Welcome to the discussion. Log In Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language. PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK. Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything. Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person. Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article. Post a comment Watch this discussion. Stop watching this discussion. Recommended promotion Subscribe TODAY for 99¢ / mo your first 3 months! Unlimited access to Tucson.com content promotion DELIVERED: Open and read the newspaper online today!