SOME OTHER FEBRUARY 9 BIRTHDAYS:
Travis Tritt * Mia Farrow * Judith Light (Who's the Boss) * Joe Pesci * Carole King * Smokey Robinson * Earnest Tubb * Gypsy Rose Lee * Wilhelm Maybach * William Henry Harrison (9th president)
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
In 1964, The Beatles made their first live US television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." An estimated 73 million people tuned in to watch the band perform five songs, including "I Want To Hold Your Hand."
In 1979, Kmart pulled Steve Martin's comedy album "Let's Get Small" for being in bad taste.
In 1997, "The Simpsons" became the longest-running prime-time animated series, beating the record previously held by "The Flintstones."
In 1995, the first British-born American to walk in space, Michael Foale, and the first black astronaut, Dr. Bernard Harris, tested a modified space suit and astronaut endurance from the open cargo bay of NASA's space shuttle Discovery. They spent 20-minutes in the coldest area of the spacecraft's shadow, motionless, to test the efficiency of their space suits' new insulation.
In 1971, The San Fernando earthquake ( 6.6 ) at 6:00 AM ruptured a segment of the San Fernando fault zone.
In 1950, As a result of a voice vote made on this day, a bill was passed which raised the rate of postal card rates from one to two cents. Regular letter rates would stay at three cents.
In 1950, Senator Joseph McCarthy from Wisconsin announced that 205 card-carrying communists had made their way into the U.S. State Department.
In 1996, The legendary Russian Chess Grandmaster Kasparov loses his first chess game ever to IBM's chess computer Deep Blue. He did go on to gain three wins and two draws and easily win the match.