February 9, 1961
SOVIET AIRPLANE ATTACKED
While flying over France today, a Russian I-L aircraft carrying Leonid Brezhnev, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, was reportedly shot at by fighters of the French air force.
The Soviet plane was heading to the Guinea Republic on a state visit. The USSR has issued a protest saying that the French jet made 3 “dangerously close” passes and then “fired twice” across the plane’s path.*
The French government will respond by saying the Soviet plane had “turned southward from the established route” & thus justified the action.
February 9, 1964
THE BEATLES APPEAR ON ED SULLIVAN
The British rock group, “The Beatles”, made their 1st appearance on American television today. They performed 5 of their hit songs to a studio audience composed of many “out of control” screaming teenage girls.
73 million Americans tuned in to see “The Beatles” perform “All my lovin'”, “Til there was you”, “She loves you”, “I saw her standing there”, & “I wanna hold your hand.”
February 9, 1965
FIRST US COMBAT TROOPS ARRIVE IN VIETNAM
Until today, American military forces stationed in Southeast Asia were there on an advisory capacity to the South Vietnamese Army. The first US combat troops, deployed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, have arrived in South Vietnam.
Communist China & the USSR have threatened to intervene in the war and in Moscow 2000 demonstrators have attacked the American Embassy.
Great Britain & Australia support the US decision to send combat troops while France is calling for negotiations.
February 9, 1960
JOANNE WOODWARD GETS A STAR
In the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Academy Award winning actress, Joanne Woodward, was awarded the “1st Star” today.
Miss Woodward had won the Academy Award for her role as a woman with multiple personalities in the film “The Three Faces of Eve” in 1957.*
*Today the Woodward Star is located at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard & is just one of more than 1500 stars featured on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
February 9, 1950
McCARTHY HAS A LIST OF COMMUNISTS
Senator Joseph McCarthy, (R) Wisconsin, said today that he has a “list” of more than 200 employees of the US State Department who are “known communists”.
McCarthy, speaking to the Ohio County Women’s Republican Club, held the “list” in his hand.
The senator claims that these employees are “still working and shaping the policy of the State Department.”*
*During the early 1950s, the “witch hunt” for communists in the government of the United States will be known as “McCarthyism”.
February 9, 1942
IT IS TIME FOR DAYLIGHT SAVINGS
The United States Congress has officially ordered all clocks & watches in the nation to be moved forward one hour thus creating “Daylight Saving” or “War” Time.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt had requested the change to conserve fuel consumption during wartime.*
*War Time will be in effect for all time zones. It will be repealed on September 30, 1945.
February 9, 1825
JOHN QUNICY ADAMS IS THE CHOICE OF THE HOUSE
The Presidential election of 1824 has been decided by the House of Representatives today. A majority of the votes went to John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts who will be sworn in as the 6th President of the United States on March 4.
Mr. Adams, former Secretary of State under James Monroe, had received the 2nd highest number of electoral votes in the fall election with Andrew Jackson receiving the highest. Because no candidate received a majority of the votes of all candidates (there were 4), the Constitution gives the responsibility to select the winner to the House of Representatives.*
*Henry Clay, one of the original candidates for President, gave his support to Adams & was to become Secretary of State in the Adams administration. Jackson’s Tennessee supporters said that a “corrupt bargain” had been made between Clay & Adams to “cheat” their candidate out of his deserved victory.