February 9 in Pop Culture History

February 9th History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

February 9th History Highlights

  • 1864 – 109 Union Officers escaped from Libby Prison in Virginia.
  • 1943 – The Allies retook Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Island, a major victory in WWII.
  • 1964 – The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan, with 73,000,000 viewers, a record at that time. There were 728 people in the studio audience.
  • If you were born on February 9th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… May 19th (prior year)

February 9th is…

Chocolate Day
National Develop Alternative Voices Day
National Toothache Day
Pizza (Pie) Day
Read in a Bathtub Day

February 9th Birthday Quotes

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
– Thomas Paine

As human beings, why does it take somebody to feel like they’re close to us for us to see their humanity? Why can’t we see the humanity in people that are distant from us?
– Michael B. Jordan

You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come runnin’ to see you again
Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall,
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend.

– Carole King

He knew he was good but did he know he was the best ever? Did he know he taught millions of artists how to dream? He never repeated a drawing. He always created anew, discovering again and again what it meant to create, to be a true artist that copied no one, not even himself. A world without Frank Frazetta makes no sense. No one like him will ever appear again. Remember him well.
– Ralph Bakshi’ on Frank Frazetta.

It’s not what you do. It’s the way you do it-stripping or writing or talking… or just breathing. Do it with air, and never admit you’re scared.
– Gypsy Rose Lee

The real danger of writing a great song when you’re on something is that it might get you thinking that the only way to repeat that is by only writing when you’re high.
– Barry Mann

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
– Thomas Paine

In this life, to earn your place you have to fight for it.
– Shakira

Too many managers manage by what the postgame press conference is going to be.
– John Kruk

February 9th Birthdays

1737 – Thomas Paine, English-American philosopher, author, and activist (died in 1809)
1773 – William Henry Harrison, American general and politician, 9th President of the United States (died in 1841)
1800 – Hyrum Smith, American religious leader (died in 1844)
1874 – Amy Lowell, American poet, critic and educator (died in 1925)
1892 – Peggy Wood, American actress (died in 1978)
1914 – Gypsy Rose Lee (Rose Louise Hovick), American burlesque entertainer (died in 1970)
1914 – Ernest Tubb, American singer-songwriter (died in 1984)
1928 – Frank Frazetta, American painter and illustrator (died in 2010)
1939 – Barry Mann, American pianist, songwriter, and producer
1942 – Carole King, American singer-songwriter
1943 – Barbara Lewis, American soul/R&B singer-songwriter
1943 – Joe Pesci, American actor
1945 – Mia Farrow, American actress
1946 – Jim Webb, American politician
1949 – Judith Light, American actress
1954 – Jo Duffy, American comic book writer
1957 – Terry McAuliffe, American politician
1961 – John Kruk, American baseball player and sportscaster
1963 – Travis Tritt, American country singer
1977 – Shakira Ripoll, Columbian singer
1979 – Ziyi Zhang – Chinese actress
1979 – Mema Suvari, American actress
1981 – Tom Hiddleston, English actor
1987 – Michael B. Jordan, American actor
1992 – Avan Jogia, Canadian actor

February 9th History

1825 – The U.S. House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president since no candidate had received a majority of electoral votes.

1861 – American Civil War: Jefferson Davis was elected the Provisional President of the Confederate States of America by the Confederate convention at Montgomery, Alabama.

1870 – The weather service, now named the National Weather Service (NWS) was authorized by Congress.

1889 – The United States Department of Agriculture was established

1895 – William G. Morgan, a Holyoke, MA, YMCA physical education director, invented the game of volleyball.

1900 – The Davis Cup tennis competition was established.

1902 – Doctor Eugène-Louis Doyen of Paris, performed a successful operation separating Siamese freakshow twins (Radhika and Dodika), from the Barnum and Bailey Circus, apart.

1913 – The 1913 Great Meteor Procession took place over the eastern section of North America.

1942 – ‘War Time’ Daylight-savings went into effect in the US.

1957 – # 1 Hit February 9, 1957 – March 1, 1957: Elvis Presley – Too Much

1960 – Adolph Coors was kidnapped and later killed by Joe Corbett while driving to work from his Morrison, Colorado, home.

1961 – The Beatles debuted at Liverpool’s Cavern.

1963 – # 1 Hit February 9, 1963 – March 1, 1963: Paul & Paula – Hey Paula

1964 – The Beatles appeared in the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time.

1969 – The Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight.

1971 – Satchel Paige became the first Negro League player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1974 – # 1 Hit February 9, 1974 – March 1, 1974: Love Unlimited Orchestra – Love’s Theme

1986 – Halley’s Comet last appeared in the inner Solar System, next appearing in 2061.

1991 – # 1 Hit February 9, 1991 – February 22, 1991: C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams – Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)

1997- The Simpsons made television history with their episode “The Itchy, Scratchy and Poochie Show” which they then surpassed the Flintstones as the longest-running prime-time cartoon series in terms of episodes aired.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

Showgirls still holds the record for most Razzie nominations with 13.

One of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World: Hanging Gardens of Babylon, in Iraq?, referred to in the mid 500s BC

“I’m walking here! I’m walking here!” – “Ratso” Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman) in Midnight Cowboy, 1969

In the scene in “Alien” when the alien pops out of John Hurt’s stomach, the actors were not told it was going to happen.

John Williams, the person who composed the scores of Star Wars and Harry Potter, also composed and conducted the music of Home Alone.

Biggest film of 1982: ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (Drama) earned ~ $435,000,000

Marvel’s Deadpool Wade Wilson was originally created as a spoof of DC’s Deathstroke Slade Wilson.

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

There’s no money in scientific data gathering, there’s lots of money in data interpretation, and there’s ungodly money in data distortion.

“The time to change was yesterday; the time to wake up is now.” – Judge Judy

A group of Eagles is called a Convocation or Aerie.

This generation won’t have old school cool… they’ll have an old school selfie. Or worse, old school duckface.

Orgasmatron – from Woody Allen’s SLEEPER. A sex machine

The pound/hashtag sign # is called an Octothorp.

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