Today in History – 9th February


Holidays and observances


  • 1895 – William G. Morgan creates a game called Mintonette, which was later referred to as volleyball
  • 1900 – The Davis Cup competition is established
  • 1964 – The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a “record-busting” audience of 73 million viewers across the USA.
  • 1969 – First test flight of the Boeing 747.
  • 1971 – Apollo program: Apollo 14 returns to Earth after the third manned Moon landing.
  • 2013 – A 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes southwest Colombia causing major disruption to the region and injuring at least 15 people.
  • 2014- United States Legal Rights Extended for Same-Sex Couples
  • The United States Attorney General Eric Holder stated in a speech that the Justice Department was going to make a greater effort to extend rights to same-sex partners. Some of the rights to be extended included being able to make visits at federal prisons and the right not to testify against a spouse in court.


  • 1928 – Rinus Michels, Dutch footballer and coach (d. 2005)
  • 1934 – John Ziegler, Jr., American lawyer and businessman. John A. Ziegler, Jr was born in 1934, was the fourth president of the National Hockey League. In 1977, Ziegler became the fourth president of the NHL, succeeding Clarence Campbell. Ziegler received the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1984 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • 1943 – Barbara Lewis, American singer-songwriter
  • 1952 – Danny White, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1954 – Chris Gardner, American businessman, founded Gardner Rich & Co
  • 1965- John Olukayode Fayemi, is the former Governor of Ekiti State and a native of Isan-Ekiti in Oye Local Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria. He is currently the Minister of Solid Minerals Development in Nigeria.
  • 1972 – Darren Ferguson, Scottish footballer and manager
  • 1982- Tom Hiddleston, Actor who played Loki in The Avengers and Thor, and starred in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. His role in The Avengers earned him the 2013 MTV Movie Awards for Best Fight and Best Villain.


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