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On February ninth, 1950, in a
speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, Senator
Joseph McCarthy (Republican, Wisconsin)
charged the State Department was riddled with
In 1773, the ninth president of the
United States, William Henry Harrison, was born
in Charles City County, Virginia.
In 1825, the House
of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams
president after no candidate received a majority
of electoral votes.
In 1861, the
Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of
America elected Jefferson Davis president and
Alexander H. Stephens vice president.
In 1870, the US
Weather Bureau was established.
In 1933, the
Oxford Union Society at Oxford University
endorsed, 275-to-153, a motion stating "that
this House will in no circumstances fight for its
King and Country," a stand widely denounced
In 1943, the World
War Two battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest
Pacific ended with an American victory over
In 1964, The
Beatles made their first live American television
appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1971, the
"Apollo 14" spacecraft returned to
Earth after man's third landing on the moon.
In 1983, in a
dramatic reversal from fifty years earlier (see
above), the Oxford Union Society at Oxford
University rejected, 416-to-187, a motion
"that this House would not fight for Queen
In 1984, Soviet
leader Yuri V. Andropov died at age 69, less than
15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he
was succeeded by Konstantin U. Chernenko.
Ten years ago: The
Perrier Group of America Incorporated announced
it was voluntarily recalling its inventory of
mineral water in the United States after tests
showed the presence of benzene in a small number
Five years ago:
Former Senator J. William Fulbright died in
Washington at age 89.
One year ago: The
Senate began closed-door deliberations in
President Clinton's impeachment trial, even
though members from both parties acknowledged
that the two-thirds margin for conviction could
not be attained.
"If we knew where
opinion ended and fact began, we should have
discovered, I suppose, the absolute."
Alec Waugh, English author (1898-1981).