Today in History - February 9

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1263        Feb 9, A Lithuania army under Treniota defeated the Livonian Knights of the Cross.
    (LHC, 2/9/03)

1267        Feb 9, Synod of Breslau ordered Jews of Silesia to wear special caps.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1404        Feb 9, Constantine XI Dragases, last Byzantine Emperor, was born.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1540        Feb 9, The 1st recorded race met in England at Roodee Fields, Chester.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1555        Feb 9, John Hooper, the deprived Bishop of Gloucester, was burned for heresy.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1567        Feb 9, Henry Stuart, earl of Darnley, Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, was murdered in his sick-bed in a house in Edinburgh when the house blew up. In 2003 Alison Weir authored "Mary, Queen of the Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley."
    (HN, 2/9/99)(MC, 2/9/02)(WSJ, 5/1/03, D10)

1571        Feb 9, Algonquin Indians attacked the Jesuit mission on the Virginia peninsula killing Fr. Juan Bautista de Segura and 4 other remaining priests.
    (AH, 2/06, p.15)

1578        Feb 9, Giambattista Andreini, Italian playwright, actor (L'adamo), was born.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1602        Feb 9, Franciscus van de Enden, Flemish Jesuit, free thinker, tutor of Spinoza, was born.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1617        Feb 9, Hans Christoph Haiden (44), composer, died.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1640        Feb 9, Murad IV (27), sultan of Turkey (1623-40), died in Baghdad. Ibrahim (1640-1648) succeeded Murad IV in the Ottoman House of Osman.
    (Ot, 1993, xvii)(MC, 2/9/02)

1674        Feb 9, English reconquered NY from Netherlands.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1741        Feb 9, Henri-Joseph Rigel, composer, was born.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1744        Feb 9, Battle at Toulon: French-Spanish faced the English fleet of Adm. Matthews.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1765        Feb 9, Elisabetta de Gambarini (33), composer, died.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1773        Feb 9, William Henry Harrison, the 9th president of the United States (March 4- April 4, 1841), was born in Charles City County, Va.
    (HN, 2/9/97)(AP, 2/9/99)(MC, 2/9/02)

1775        Feb 9, English Parliament declared the Mass. colony was in rebellion.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1780        Feb 9, Walenty Karol Kratzer, composer, was born.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1797        Feb 9, John Quincy Adams’ (Sr.) emerged victorious from America's first contested presidential election.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1799        Feb 9, The USS Constellation captured the French frigate Insurgente off the coast of Wisconsin.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1807        Feb 9, French Sanhedrin was convened by Napoleon.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1812        Feb 9, Franz Anton Hoffmeister (57), composer, died.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1814        Feb 9, Samuel Jones Tilden, philanthropist, was born.
    (HN, 2/9/97)(MC, 2/9/02)

1819        Feb 9, Lydia E. Pinkham, patent-medicine maker and entrepreneur, was born.
    (HN, 2/9/01)

1822        Feb 9, The American Indian Society organized.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1824        Feb 9, Anna Katharina Emmerick (b.1774), a sickly, virtually illiterate German nun, died. Her gory visions of Jesus' last hours of suffering before his crucifixion drew pilgrims to her bedside in the years before her death. In 2004 she was beatified by Pope John Paul VI.
    (AP, 10/3/04)(www.vatican.va/news_services)

1825        Feb 9, The House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams Jr. 6th U.S. president (1825-1829) after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.
    (A&IP, ESM, p.96b, photo)(AHD, 1971, p.14)(HN, 2/9/97)(AP, 2/9/99)

1834        Feb 9, Franz Xaver Witt, composer, was born.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1846        Feb 9, Wilhelm Maybach, German engineer, was born. He designed the first Mercedes automobile.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1861        Feb 9, The Confederate Provisional Congress, meeting in Alabama, declared all laws under the US Constitution were consistent with constitution of Confederate states. The Congress elected Jefferson Davis of Mississippi as president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president. Jefferson Davis' Mexican War exploits led him to the Confederate White House. In 2001 William C. Davis authored "The Union That Shaped the Confederacy: Robert Toombs and Alexander H. Stephens."
    (HN, 2/9/97)(AP, 2/9/99)(WSJ, 6/13/01, p.A18)(AH, 2/06, p.15)
1861        Feb 9, Tennessee voted against secession.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1863        Feb 9, A fire extinguisher was patented by Alanson Crane.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1863        Feb 9, Henri Dunant (1828-1910) addressed the Geneva Society for Public Welfare and asked the members to form a volunteer society to aid wounded soldiers. The Intl. Committee of Red Cross (Nobel 1917, 1944, 1963) was formed in Geneva, Switz. The red cross design based on the Swiss flag with the colors reversed.
    (ON, 4/08, p.11)(www.redcross.org)(SFC, 6/20/06, p.A4)

1864        Feb 9, After a courtship that began at a party on Thanksgiving Day 1862, Brevet General George Armstrong Custer and Miss Elizabeth Bacon, both of Monroe, Michigan, married. Until Custer died at the Battle of the Little Bighorn a dozen years later, Libbie followed him to postings throughout the West whenever possible. Libbie never remarried, even though she outlived her husband by 50 years, preferring to keep his memory alive by lecturing and writing books about their life together on the Plains. Elizabeth Custer lived comfortably in New York City until her death on April 8, 1933, at the age of 91.
    (HNPD, 2/9/99)
1864        Feb 9, 109 Union prisoners escaped through a tunnel from the Confederate Libby Prison in Richmond, Va., including Lt. James M. Wells of Michigan. In 1904 Wells published an account of the escape in the Jan. issue of McClure’s Magazine.
    (ON, 3/01, p.7)

1865        Feb 9, Wilson Bentley (d.1931) was born on a farm near Jericho, Vermont. His interest in snow flakes led him to make the 1st photographs of snow crystals on Jan 15, 1885.
    (ON, 11/04, p.4)
1865        Feb 9, Mrs. [Beatrice] Patrick Campbell, actress (Pygmalion), was born in England.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1870        Feb 9, The U.S. Army established the US National Weather Service. Congress under continued petition from Smithsonian secretary Joseph Henry and colleagues, passed a military appropriation enabling the US Army Signal Service to make standardized weather observations.
    (AP, 2/9/99)(ON, 2/06, p.7)

1871        Feb 9, Howard T. Ricketts, pathologist, was born.
    (HN, 2/9/01)

1874        Feb 9, Amy Lowell (d.1925), poet, critic, was born. “Youth condemns; maturity condones."
    (AP, 11/25/00)(HN, 2/9/01)
1874        Feb 9, Jules Michelet (75), French historian (History of France), died. He was the first historian to use and define the word Renaissance ("Re-birth" in French), as a period in Europe's cultural history that represented a drastic break from the Middle Ages.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jules_Michelet)

1880        Feb 9, James Stephens (d.1950), Irish poet and novelist, was born. His work included “The Charwoman's Daughter" and “The Crock of Gold." "Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself."
    (AP, 5/21/99)(HN, 2/9/01)

1881        Feb 9, Feodor M. Dostoevsky (59), Russian novelist (Crime & Punishment), died.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1885        Feb 9, Alban Maria Johannes Berg, composer, was born in Vienna, Austria.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1885        Feb 9, The 1st Japanese arrived in Hawaii.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1886        Feb 9, President Cleveland declared a state of emergency in Seattle because of anti-Chinese violence.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1886        Feb 9, Modest Mussorgsky’s (1839-1881) opera “Khovanschchina," arranged by Rimsky-Korsakov, premiered in St. Petersburg. The Gregorian date is Feb 21.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khovanshchina)

1891        Feb 9, Ronald Colman, 1947 Academy Award actor (Tale of 2 Cities), was born in England.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1893        Feb 9, Giuseppe Verdi’s last opera, “Falstaff," was first performed in Milan, Italy.
    (AP, 2/9/01)
1893        Feb 9, Suez Canal builder De Lesseps and others were sentenced to prison for fraud.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1895        Feb 9, Volleyball was invented by W.G. Morgan in Massachusetts. A game called “mintonette" was created by William George Morgan, physical director at the YMCA in Holyoke, Mass., to accommodate players who thought basketball was too strenuous. The objective was to hit a basketball over a rope. It was the predecessor to volleyball.
    (SFC,11/15/97, p.C4)(HNQ, 11/26/99)(MC, 2/9/02)

1902        Feb 9, Doctor Doyen of Paris, performed a successful operation on Siamese twins from the Barnum and Bailey Circus.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1904        Feb 9, Japanese troops landed near Seoul, Korea, after disabling two Russian cruisers.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1906        Feb 9, Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (33), son of former slaves, died of TB in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
    (AH, 2/06, p.15)
1906        Feb 9, Natal proclaimed a state of siege in Zulu uprising.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1909        Feb 9, Dean Rusk, was born. He was Secretary of State (1961-1969) under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
    (HN, 2/9/99)(MC, 2/9/02)
1909        Feb 9, The 1st US federal legislation prohibiting narcotics was directed at opium.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1909        Feb 9, In San Francisco Louis’s Fashion Restaurant opened at 73 Sutter St. It had begun operations under Louis Besozzi in 1898, but was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. The new resaturant came to be called The Fly Trap due to fly paper rolls hung from the ceiling. Operations continued to 1963.
    (SSFC, 7/21/13, p.42)
1909        Feb 9, France agreed to recognize German economic interests in Morocco in exchange for political supremacy.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1913        Feb 9, Leo van der Kar, masseur, businessman, founder (Sports funds), was born.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1913        Feb 9-18, The 10 Day Tragedy of Mexico City when 3,000 died.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1914        Feb 9, Gypsy Rose Lee, stripper, was born in Seattle Wash.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1914        Feb 9, Bill "Rhymes with Wreck" Veeck, baseball club owner, was born.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1916        Feb 9, Conscription began in Great Britain as the Military Service Act becomes effective.
    (HN, 2/9/99)

1918        Feb 9, Army chaplain school organized at Ft. Monroe, Va.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1921        Feb 9, James Huneker (b.1857), American musical writer and critic, died.
    (WSJ, 2/11/06, p.P10)(www.britannica.com/ebi/article-9326842)

1922        Feb 9, The U.S. Congress established the World War Foreign Debt Commission.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1923        Feb 9, Brendan Behan, Irish playwright and poet, was born in Dublin, Ireland. His work included “The Hostage" and “The Quare Fellow."
    (HN, 2/9/01)(MC, 2/9/02)
1923        Feb 9, Norman E. Shumway, pioneer cardiac transplant surgeon, was born in Mich.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1923        Feb 9, Soviet Aeroflot airlines formed.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1926        Feb 9, Teaching theory of evolution was forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia, schools.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1928        Feb 9, Frank Frazetta, American fantasy and science fiction artist, was born in Brooklyn. He became noted for work in comic books, paperback book covers, paintings, posters, record-album covers, and other media. In 2003, a feature film documenting the life and career of Frazetta was released, entitled: “Frank Frazetta: Painting With Fire."
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Frazetta)

1933        Feb 9, The Oxford Union, Oxford University's debating society, endorsed, 275-153, a motion stating "that this House will in no circumstances fight for its King and Country," a pacifist stand widely denounced by Britons. [see Feb 9, 1983]
    (AP, 2/9/00)

1937        Feb 9, In San Francisco United Airlines DC-3 crashed 2 miles from Mills Field. The co-pilot had dropped his microphone which jammed the controls preventing the pilot from pulling out of the glide. The plane crashed killing all 11 aboard.
    (http://planecrashinfo.com/unusual.htm)(SSFC, 2/5/12, DB p.42)

1941        Feb 9, British troops conquered El Agheila.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1941        Feb 9, Nazi collaborators destroyed the pro-Jewish cafe Alcazar Amsterdam. Alcazar had refused to hang "No Entry for Jews" signs in front.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1942        Feb 9, The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II.
    (AP, 2/9/99)
1942        Feb 9, FDR reimposed daylight saving time (DST) in the US calling it "war time" with clocks turned one hour forward. It was repealed after the war. [see 1966]
    (AP, 2/9/99)(WSJ, 3/31/05, p.D8)
1942        Feb 9, The former French cruise ship Normandie, launched in 1935, burned in New York Harbor during its conversion to an Allied trip transport ship. It was once regarded as most elegant ocean liner ever built. In 1947 it was cut up for scrap. In 2007 John Maxtone-Graham authored “Normandie."
    (AP, 2/10/97)(WSJ, 12/8/07, p.W13)
1942        Feb 9, Chiang Kai-shek met with Sir Stafford Cripps, the British viceroy in India. Detachment 101 harried the Japanese in Burma and provided close support for regular Allied forces.
    (HN, 2/9/97)
1942        Feb 9, Japanese troops landed near Makassar, South Celebes.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1943        Feb 9, FDR ordered a minimal 48 hour work week in war industry.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1943        Feb 9, The World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.
    (AP, 2/9/08)
1943        Feb 9, The Russians took back Kursk 15 months after it fell to the Nazis.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1944        Feb 9, Alice Walker, Pulitzer prize winning author, was born. Her books include "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" and "The Color Purple."
    (HN, 2/9/99)
1944        Feb 9, U-734 and U-238 sank off Ireland.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1945        Feb 9, [Maria] Mia Farrow, actress (Rosemary's Baby, Purple Rose of Cairo, was born in LA.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1945        Feb 9, The German submarine U-864 with a crew of 73 sank about 2 1/2 miles off Fedje, Norway. It was on a desperate mission to supply Japan with advanced weapons technology and carried a poisonous cargo of 70 tons of mercury. Leakage of the mercury posed a severe threat in 2006 and plans were made to encase the wreck. In 2007 Norway’s government said it would be buried in special sand to protect the coastline.
    (AP, 12/20/06)(AP, 2/13/07)

1946        Feb 9, Stalin announced the new five-year plan for the USSR, calling for production boosts of 50 percent.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1947        Feb 9, Bank robber Willie Sutton escaped jail in Philadelphia.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1950        Feb 9, In a speech at the Republican Women's Club in Wheeling, W. Va., Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the State Department was riddled with Communists and that he had a list of them. He asserted that Sec. of State Dean Acheson knew this and refused to do anything about it. McCarthy said there were 205 communists working in the US State Dept.
    (AP, 2/9/99)(WSJ, 12/6/99, p.A32)(WSJ, 2/9/00, p.A26)(WSJ, 5/12/98, p.A20)

1951        Feb 9, St. Louis Browns signed baseball pitcher Satchel Paige (45).
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1951        Feb 9, Actress Greta Garbo got U.S. citizenship.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1953        Feb 9, "Adventures of Superman" TV series premiered in syndication.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1953        Feb 9, General Walter Bedell Smith, USA, ended term as 4th director of CIA. Allen W. Dulles, became acting director of CIA and served to 1961.
    (MC, 2/9/02)(SFC, 5/29/97, p.A4)
1953        Feb 9, The French destroyed six Viet Minh war factories hidden in the jungles of Vietnam.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1955        Feb 9, US federations of trade unions agreed to merge into the AFL-CIO: The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations.
    (AH, 2/05, p.17)(SFC, 2/4/05, p.F9)
1955        Feb 9, In South Africa some 2,000 policemen, armed with handguns, rifles and clubs known as knobkierries, forcefully moved the black families of Sophiatown to Meadowlands, Soweto.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophiatown)

1960        Feb 9, The Hollywood, Ca., Walk of Fame began with an installation of its first pink terrazzo star for, actress Joanne Woodward, at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. The first eight stars were dedicated in September 1958 and placed in the sidewalk on the northwest corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave.
    (SSFC, 2/7/10, p.D4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_Walk_of_Fame)
1960        Feb 9, The Angelo Petri, the world’s largest wine tanker, foundered outside the San Francisco Golden Gate. It carried a capacity load of 2,383,000 gallons of wine and vegetable oil. In 1946 the vessel had broken in two near Honolulu.
    (SSFC, 2/7/10, DB p.42)(www.navsource.org/archives/11/0103.htm)
1960        Feb 9, Ernst von Dohnanyi (82), US composer, died.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1961        Feb 9, Grigory Levenfish (70), Int’l. chess grandmaster from Russia, died.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1962        Feb 9, An agreement was signed to make Jamaica an independent nation within the British Commonwealth later in the year.
    (AP, 2/9/02)

1963        Feb 9, 1st flight of Boeing 727 jet.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1964        Feb 9, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
    (AP, 2/9/99)
1964        Feb 9, The U.S. embassy in Moscow was stoned by Chinese and Vietnamese students.
    (HN, 2/9/97)
1964        Feb 9, In Britain Maria Callas sang in a live production of Pucini's Tosca produced at Covent Garden by Franco Zeffirelli. It was later made available on video.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, DB p.58)

1966        Feb 9, Sophie Tucker (79), Russian-US singer, actress (My Yiddish Mama), died.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1969        Feb 9, The Boeing 747, the world's largest airplane, made its 1st commercial flight. The Juan T. Trippe, named after the founder of Pan Am, was sold in 2000 to a South Korea couple, who transformed it into an aviation themed restaurant. The venture failed in 2005 and the plane was demolished in late 2010.
    (www.boeing.com/commercial/747family/pf/pf_milestones.html)(SFC, 12/13/10, p.A2)
1969        Feb 9, Gabby Hayes (b.1885), American film and TV actor, died. He played the sidekick to Hopalong Cassidy and later Roy Rogers Westerns.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_%27Gabby%27_Hayes)

1971        Feb 9, Satchel Paige became the 1st negro-league player elected to baseball HOF.
    (www.biographybase.com/biography/Paige_Satchel.html)
1971        Feb 9, The "Apollo 14" spacecraft returned to Earth after man's third landing on the moon.
    (AP, 2/9/99)
1971        Feb 9, In San Fernando, Ca., a 6.5 earthquake killed 65 people.
    (SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A3)

1974        Feb 9, US female Figure Skating championship was won by Dorothy Hamill.
    (http://espn.go.com/abcsports/wwos/milestones/1970s.html)

1978        Feb 9, Kimberly Leach (12) was killed by Ted Bundy in Lake City, Fla.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberly_Leach)
1978        Feb 9, Canada announced it was expelling 13 Soviet diplomats who it said had tried to recruit a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer.
    (HN, 2/9/97)(www.cnn.com/almanac/9802/09/)
1978        Feb 9, In Tanzania cholera broke out and killed 300 people.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1691)

1979        Feb 9, Allen Tate (b.1899), poet and exponent of the New Criticism, died in Nashville.
    (WSJ, 8/2/08, p.W9)(http://tinyurl.com/5g27ry)

1981        Feb 9, Bill Haley (b.1925), vocalist (Rock Around Clock), died of heart attack. Haley was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Haley)

1982        Feb 9, On approach to Haneda Airport a Japan Airlines DC-8 plunged into Tokyo Bay killing 24 people. 141 survived the crash caused when the captain pushed the nose down prematurely and engaged in a struggle with the co-pilot.
    (WSJ, 3/10/98, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Airlines_Flight_350)

1983        Feb 9, In a dramatic reversal from 50 years earlier, the Oxford Union Society at Oxford University rejected, 416 to 187, a motion "that this House would not fight for Queen and Country." [see Feb 9, 1933]
    (AP, 2/9/00)

1984        Feb 9, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov (69) died, less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev. He was succeeded by Konstantin U. Chernenko. US Pres. Ronald Reagan said he wouldn’t go to any memorial for Andropov: “I don’t want to honor that prick."
    (AP, 2/9/99)(Econ, 2/4/06, p.75)

1985        Feb 9, Madonna's album "Like a Virgin," released in 1984, reached #1.
    (http://tinyurl.com/2vfje9)
1985        Feb 9, Seoul admitted using force against opposition leader Kim Dae Jung.
    (HN, 2/9/97)

1986        Feb 9, Halley's Comet reached 30th perihelion, its closest approach to Sun. 5 spacecraft from the USSR, Japan, and the European Community visited Comet Halley in early 1986.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nmhkd)(www.seds.org/nineplanets/nineplanets/halley.html)
1986        Feb 9, The tomb of Tutankhamen's treasurer, Maya, was found in Egypt.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mfsn7)

1987        Feb 9, Robert McFarlane (1919-2006), former US national security adviser, attempted suicide.
    (www.tarpley.net/bush18.htm)
1987        Feb 9, Antanas Sabaniauskas (b.1903), Lithuania's leading pop tenor, died.
    (http://lt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antanas_%C5%A0abaniauskas)

1989        Feb 9, President Bush, in his first major speech to Congress, proposed a $1.16 trillion "common sense" budget for fiscal 1990.
    (AP, 2/9/99)
1989        Feb 9, In Missouri Kelli Hall (17) was abducted as she finished her shift at a gas station in suburban St. Louis. Her naked body was found 13 days later on a St. Louis County farm. Jeffrey Hall (59), who was convicted for her murder and sentenced to death, was executed on March 26, 2014.
    (SFC, 3/27/14, p.A9)

1990        Feb 9, John Gotti (1940-2002) was acquitted of charges that he commissioned the Westies gang to shoot a union official in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen. This earned him the nickname “The Teflon Don."
    (SFC, 6/11/02, p.A2)
1990        Feb 9, Perrier Group of America Inc. 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 of bottles.
    (AP, 2/9/00)
1990        Feb 9, The Galileo satellite, launched Oct. 18, 1989, made its closest approach to Venus.
    (www.jpl.nasa.gov/releases/90/release_1990_0124.html)

1991        Feb 9, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin L. Powell met with military commanders in Saudi Arabia to evaluate a possible ground assault against Iraqi forces.
    (AP, 2/9/01)
1991        Feb 9, In a national poll 3 quarters of Lithuanian citizens called for independence from the Soviet Union in a non-binding plebiscite.
    (AP, 2/9/01)(LHC, 2/9/03)

1992        Feb 9, Magic Johnson returned to professional basketball by playing in the NBA All-Star game. Johnson was named most valuable player as his side, the Western Conference, defeated the Eastern Conference 153-to-113.
    (AP, 2/9/02)
1992        Feb 9, The government of Algeria declared a state of emergency to quell spreading Muslim fundamentalist unrest.
    (AP, 2/9/02)
1992        Feb 9, An Air Senegal flight chartered by Club Med crashed and 30 people were killed. In 2000 a French court convicted Club Med founder Gilbert Trigano and his son, Serge, for involuntary manslaughter.
    (SFC, 7/7/00, p.D6)(http://aviation-safety.net/database/country/country.php?id=6V)

1993        Feb 9, NBC News announced it had settled a defamation lawsuit brought by General Motors over the network's "inappropriate demonstration" of a fiery pickup truck crash on its "Dateline NBC" program.
    (AP, 2/9/03)
1993        Feb 9, Saburo Okita (b.1914), Japanese economist and former foreign minister (1979-80), died. He to a large part introduced the “flying geese" pattern of economic development to the Western political and business audiences. Kaname Akamatsu, Japanese economist, had developed the multi-tier hierarchical 'flying geese' model in the 1930s to describe how industrialization spreads from developed countries to the developing countries.
    (www.risklatte.com/Articles_new/BraveEconomist/Brave_10.php)(Econ, 11/13/10, p.50)

1994        Feb 9, PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres initialed an agreement on security measures that had been blocking a peace accord.
    (AP, 2/9/99)
1994        Feb 9, NATO delivered an ultimatum to Bosnian Serbs to remove heavy guns encircling Sarajevo, or face air strikes. Hours before the ultimatum was issued, the Bosnian Serbs agreed to withdraw their artillery and mortars from around Sarajevo.
    (AP, 2/9/99)(www.fas.org/man/gao/nsiad-95-148.htm)
1994        Feb 9, Jarmila Novotna (86), Czech-US soprano (Madame Butterfly), died.
    (www.imdb.com/name/nm0637229/)

1995        Feb 9, A preview of "Heiress" opened at Cort Theater NYC for 340 performances.
    (http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?id=4287)
1995        Feb 9, Former US Sen. J. William Fulbright (b.1905) died in Washington, DC.
    (http://exchanges.state.gov/education/fulbright/fulbbio.htm)
1995        Feb 9, David Wayne (b.1914), [Wayne Mcmeekan], US actor (Dallas), died.
    (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0915536/)

1996        Feb 9, Pres. Clinton signed the new telecommunications bill into law. It included a subsidy program, “E-Rate," to provide schools with a connection to the Internet. Phone companies in 1998 began charging their long-distance customers a surcharge to cover the subsidies. It also included a ban on Internet smut that was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1999.
    (WSJ, 1/2/97, p.R2)(WSJ, 4/20/99, A1)
1996        Feb 9, In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a former member of the city’s beach detail shot and killed five former co-workers before killing himself.
    (AP, 2/9/01)
1996        Feb 9, A collision of rush-hour commuter trains in Secaucus, New Jersey, claimed the lives of both engineers and a passenger.
    (AP, 2/9/01)
1996        Feb 9, Leo Jenkins was executed under a new Texas law that allowed the family of his victims to witness his execution. A film was made of the execution for HBO titled: “A Kill for a Kill."
    (WSJ, 1/6/97, p.A10)
1996        Feb 9, The Irish Republican Army ended its cease-fire with a massive blast that killed two people in London's East End and injured nearly a 100 people. The bomb was a 500 pound device hidden in a rebuilt truck.
    (WSJ, 2/12/96, p.A-1)(WSJ, 2/14/96, p.A-10)(AP, 2/9/01)
1996        Feb 9, Adolf Galland (83), German general (Luftwaffe Ace), died.
    (http://tinyurl.com/9wm96)

1997        Feb 9, Fox cartoon series "Simpsons" aired its 167th episode, the longest running animated series in cartoon history.
    (MC, 2/9/02)
1997        Feb 9, The East beat the West in the NBA All-Star game, 132-to-120.
    (AP, 2/9/02)
1997        Feb 9, Best Products closed the last of its stores, a victim of the diminishing allure of the catalog showroom concept of retailing.
    (AP, 2/9/02)
1997        Feb 9, In Newton, Mass., an 8-month old baby died while under the care of a 19-year-old British nanny. Louisa Woodward, pleaded innocent, but was tried and convicted on 2nd-degree murder charges in Oct.
    (SFC,10/31/97, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Woodward)
1997        Feb 9, In Ecuador an agreement was reached to have Rosalia Arteaga serve as interim president until the passing of a constitutional amendment to elect a successor.
    (SFC, 2/10/97, p.A8)

1998        Feb 9, Pres. Clinton declared 27 counties in California a federal disaster area. Estimated storm damage reached over $275 million.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 9, The Pentagon announced that some 3,000 ground troops from Fort Hood, Texas, were to be sent to the Persian Gulf region over the next 10 days. The move was to discourage “creative thinking" on the part of Saddam Hussein of Iraq.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/9/99)
1998        Feb 9, From Georgia it was reported that Steuart and Jane Dewar were attempting to set up a Gorilla Haven for retired gorillas in the area of Morgantown on part of 275 acres they owned in Fannin County. There was substantial neighbor opposition.
    (SFC, 2/9/98, p.A11)
1998        Feb 9, At the Nagano Games, German Georg Hackl won the men's luge for the third consecutive Olympics.
    (AP, 2/9/99)
1998        Feb 9, In Columbia rebels blew up the nation’s main oil pipeline spilling 15,000 gallons and forcing a suspension of pumping. It was the 7th attack on a pipeline this year.
    (WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 9, In Tbilisi, Georgia, armed attackers ambushed Pres. Shevardnadze (70). One attacker and one bodyguard were killed.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A12)
1998        Feb 9, In Indonesia a curfew was imposed on the town of Ende after 2 days of riots burned 21 stores owned by the ethnic Chinese, who dominate most of the businesses.
    (SFC, 2/10/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 9, In Northern Ireland a Protestant drug dealer, Brendan Campbell (33), and a Protestant militant, Bobby Dougan (38), were slain in separate incidents. Police blamed the IRA and a dissident gang.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.B3)
1998        Feb 9, South Korean unions voted down a pact to make it easier for businesses to lay off workers. The unions also called for a nationwide strike this week. The strike was called off.
    (WSJ, 2/10/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/13/98, p.A1)
1998        Feb 9, In Mexico it was reported that flash floods in Tijuana killed at least 13 people.
    (WSJ, 2/9/98, p.A1)

1999        Feb 9, 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.
    (AP, 2/9/00)
1999        Feb 9, It was reported that USA Networks would merge its cable-television AT Home Shopping Network with the Lycos Internet portal.
    (WSJ, 1/3/00, p.R12)
1999        Feb 9, In Cambodia some 1,700 guerrillas of the Khmer Rouge were inducted into the Cambodian military.
    (SFC, 2/10/99, p.A10)
1999        Feb 9, An Ethiopian plane bombed an Eritrean village and at least 5 civilians were killed. Eritrea reported that a large number of Ethiopian forces were killed near Tsorena, but Ethiopia denied the Eritrean version of the fighting.
    (SFC, 2/10/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 9, In Europe heavy snows caused avalanches that killed at least 5 people. Ten people were killed in the French Alps.
    (WSJ, 2/10/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/11/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 9, In Iran the head of the intelligence ministry, Qorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi, resigned along with 3 deputies due to last year's killings of dissident writers and politicians.
    (SFC, 2/10/99, p.A10)

2000        Feb 9, In Renton, Wa., some 17,000 Boeing engineers and technical workers began a 40-day strike, one of the biggest white-collar strikes in US history.
    (SFC, 2/10/00, p.A9)(AP, 2/9/01)
2000        Feb 9, Hackers stepped up their “denial of service" attacks on popular Internet sites, zeroing in on such targets as eTrade and ZDNet, inconveniencing millions of Web users and unnerving Wall Street.
    (AP, 2/9/01)
2000        Feb 9, In Britain the House of Commons passed a bill to suspend home-rule in Northern Ireland.
    (WSJ, 2/10/00, p.A1)
2000        Feb 9, In Indonesia clashes between troops and rebels in Aceh province left 15 people dead.
    (SFC, 2/11/00, p.D2)
2000        Feb 9, Israeli jets struck targets in southern Lebanon for the 11th day and Foreign Minister David Levy threatened that it would set Lebanon on fire if militants retaliated with rockets.
    (SFC, 2/10/00, p.A10)
2000        Feb 9, In Nigeria it was reported that 17 people were killed when a young man, who was not allowed to participate, lit a match at a site where people were siphoning off fuel from a pipeline in Ogwe.
    (SFC, 2/10/00, p.C4)
2000        Feb 9, In Turkey Kurdish rebels of the PKK announced that they had given up their war and would press their cause "within the framework of peace and democracy."
    (SFC, 2/10/00, p.A12)

2001        Feb 9, The US nuclear submarine Greeneville struck the Japanese fishing boat, Ehime Maru, near Oahu with 35 people on board including 13 students. The boat sank in 5 minutes and 9 men and boys were killed. The sub was practicing a rapid ascent and had 15 civilian guests onboard. It was later revealed that civilian visitors sat at 2 of the subs 3 main controls when it surfaced. Capt. Scott Waddle, the sub skipper, was relieved of duty pending investigation. Sonar contact with the fishing vessel had been established over an hour before the accident. Capt. Waddle was later reprimanded and submitted his resignation.
    (SFC, 2/10/01, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/11/01, p.A3)(SFC, 2/13/01, p.A3)(SFC, 2/14/01, p.A2)(SFC, 2/15/01, p.A3)(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A2)(SFC, 3/15/01, p.A3)(WSJ, 4/24/01, p.A1)(AP, 2/9/08)
2001        Feb 9, In Colombia Pres. Pastrana and FARC commander Marulanda agreed to resume peace negotiations.
    (SFC, 2/10/01, p.A10)
2001        Feb 9, In Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon asked Ehud Barak to serve as defense minister. A Palestinian shepherd was killed by an Israeli bullet.
    (SFC, 2/10/01, p.A10)(SSFC, 2/11/01, p.C5)
2001        Feb 9, In Mexico Pres. Fox inaugurated a $50 million aid plan for Chiapas. Yucatan’s PRI Gov. Victor Cervera refused to accept a state electoral commission.
    (SFC, 2/10/01, p.A10)(WSJ, 2/12/00, p.A18)

2002        Feb 9, At the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Jochem Uytdehaage of the Netherlands won the gold medal in the men's 5,000-meter speedskating race in world record time of 6:14.66.
    (AP, 2/9/03)
2002        Feb 9, Oakland's Rich Gannon led the AFC to a 38-30 victory over the NFC in the Pro Bowl.
    (AP, 2/9/03)
2002        Feb 9, The US and Pakistan signed an agreement to enhance defense cooperation.
    (SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A19)
2002        Feb 9, The Afghan government released 320 captured Taliban fighters and gave each soldier the equivalent of $15 as a gesture of reconciliation.
    (SFC, 2/9/02, p.A18)
2002        Feb 9, In Algeria security forces killed Antar Zouabri, head of the Armed Islamic Group, and 2 other insurgents in Boufarik.
    (SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 9, Britain's Princess Margaret (71), the high-spirited and unconventional sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died in London.
    (SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A12)(AP, 2/9/03)
2002        Feb 9, East Timor approved a draft for a new constitution. Full independence was scheduled for May 20.
    (SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 9, In Honduras police broke up a drug-smuggling, kidnapping and bank robbery ring in Lempira. It was an arm of cartels based in Tijuana.
    (SSFC, 2/10/02, p.A14)
2002        Feb 9, In South Africa Bulelani Vukwana (29), shot and killed his girlfriend and 9 others before killing himself in Mdantsane suburb of East London.
    (SFC, 2/11/02, p.A8)

2003        Feb 9, The West beat the East 155-145 in the first double overtime game in NBA All-Star history.
2003        Feb 9, President Bush told congressional Republicans at a policy conference that Iraq had fooled the world for more than a decade about its banned weapons and the United Nations was now facing "a moment of truth" in disarming Saddam Hussein.
    (AP, 2/9/04)
2003        Feb 9, The U.S. Navy ended its last planned bombing exercises on Puerto Rico's Vieques Island.
    (AP, 2/9/04)
2003        Feb 9, In China Xinhua’s first SARS report was issued for leaders’ eyes only. By this time there were already some 300 cases and 5 deaths dating back to November 2002.
    (Econ, 6/19/10, p.43)
2003        Feb 9, In China state media reported that scientists had discovered a massive underground lake, some 35 billion cubic feet, in the arid northwest beneath the Taklimakan desert.
    (AP, 2/9/03)
2003        Feb 9, The leaders of Germany and Russia renewed their calls for a peaceful resolution in Iraq, restating their opposition to any U.S.-led war to disarm and oust Saddam Hussein.
    (AP, 2/9/04)
2003        Feb 9, Iran reported the discovery of uranium reserves and planned production facilities for peaceful use of nuclear energy.
    (SFC, 2/10/03, p.A8)
2003        Feb 9, Montenegro's 2nd attempt in 2 months to elect a president failed.
    (AP, 2/10/03)
2003        Feb 9, Three Palestinians were killed when their explosives-laden car blew up outside an Israeli army post after crashing into a cement block barrier. In secret talks last week Israel offered the Palestinians a gradual cease-fire.
    (AP, 2/9/03)(SSFC, 2/9/03, p.A22)
2003        Feb 9, Swiss voters approved measures to further extend their direct democracy.
    (AP, 2/10/03)

2004        Feb 9, President Bush and Democratic front-runner John Kerry sparred over the president's economic leadership, while Kerry's rivals sought to slow his brisk pace.
    (AP, 2/9/05)
2004        Feb 9, Tower Records Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, after the music and entertainment chain has so far proven unable to cope with competition from large retailers, digital downloading and file copying.
    (Reuters, 2/9/04)
2004        Feb 9, Rebel attacks and land mines in Chechnya killed at least 9 Russian servicemen and local pro-Moscow police over the last 24 hours.
    (SFC, 2/10/04, p.A6)
2004        Feb 9, An Egyptian enraged at the events in the Middle East stabbed 2 foreign tourists in Cairo’s historic Ghawriya district.
    (WSJ, 10/11/04, p.A17)
2004        Feb 9, In Haiti government police retook 2 of nearly a dozen towns seized by rebels as the death toll in the violent uprising rose to at least 40.
    (SFC, 2/9/04, p.A5)(AP, 2/9/05)
2004        Feb 9, Culturecom Holdings Ltd. of Hong Kong unveiled a DVD player and word-processing device built with chips developed by Chinese computer scientist Chu Bong-foo. Chu found a way to put Asia characters in position to command binary code.
    (WSJ, 2/9/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 9, Japan passed a law making it easier to impose economic sanctions on impoverished North Korea, prompting the communist country to demand that Tokyo be barred from future multilateral talks on its nuclear program.
    (AP, 2/9/04)
2004        Feb 9, In Malaysia anti-corruption officers arrested the former head of scandal-plagued steel company Perwaja.
    (AP, 2/9/04)
2004        Feb 9, Saloum Cohen (82), high priest of the tiny Samaritan community and a Palestinian lawmaker, died. Cohen had been the spiritual head of the 660-strong Samaritans since 2001.
    (AP, 2/9/04)
2004        Feb 9, The UN adopted Resolution 1559. It called for free elections in Lebanon and the withdrawal of all foreign forces and the disbanding of all militias.
    (www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2004/sc8181.doc.htm)
2004        Feb 9, Venezuela devalued its currency by 17 percent against the U.S. dollar, a surprise decision that could fuel inflation but help the government meet financing needs.
    (AP, 2/9/04)

2005        Feb 9, Ceremonies were scheduled for a first-day-of-issue stamp commemorating Pres. Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).
    (SFC, 10/7/04, p.B3)
2005        Feb 9, Carly Fiorina's nearly six-year reign at Hewlett-Packard Co. ended as the company's board forced her out as chief executive. Patricia Dunn took over as chairman. In 2006 Fiorina authored “Tough Choices," a memoir of her tenure at H-P.
    (AP, 2/9/05)(Econ, 2/12/05, p.59)(WSJ, 10/6/06, p.B2)
2005        Feb 9, Wal-Mart said it planned to close its store in Jonquiere, Quebec, where workers were seeking to become the 1st ever to win a union contract with Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart began operations in Canada in 1994 and currently operated 254 stores there. Doors were shut May 6.
    (WSJ, 2/10/05, p.A2)(SFC, 4/15/05, p.A12)
2005        Feb 9, Ethnic Chinese communities across Asia celebrated the start of the lunar year 4703, the Year of the Rooster, with visits to crowded temples and family banquets.
    (AP, 2/9/05)(SFC, 2/9/05, p.A1)
2005        Feb 9, The French National Assembly approved a reform of the controversial 35-hour working week. The Socialist measure had been introduced to cut unemployment but is now blamed by the right for doing exactly the reverse.
    (AFP, 2/9/05)
2005        Feb 9, Gunmen killed an Iraqi journalist working for a U.S.-funded television station and his son as they left their home in the southern city of Basra. Gunmen also killed 3 members of a Kurdish political party and a Housing Ministry official. The US military announced the deaths of 4 US soldiers.
    (AP, 2/9/05)(SFC, 2/10/05, p.A9)
2005        Feb 9, In Kashmir suspected Muslim rebels shot dead a popular municipal councilor outside a mosque. Separately Indian troops killed 4 militants in a gunbattle inside a mountain cave.
    (AP, 2/9/05)
2005        Feb 9, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Israel will lift travel restrictions on Palestinians in parts of the West Bank and abandon several major checkpoints as part of its withdrawal from five towns in the coming weeks.
    (AP, 2/9/05)
2005        Feb 9, An explosion ripped through a mine in a coal-rich region of Siberia, killing at least 18 workers and leaving eight missing.
    (AP, 2/9/05)
2005        Feb 9, In Somalia BBC journalist Kate Peyton was shot to death outside a Mogadishu hotel where she had interviewed some members of the interim parliament.
    (SFC, 2/19/05, p.A14)
2005        Feb 9, In Spain a car bomb exploded in a business park on the outskirts of Madrid just after the morning rush hour, injuring 43 people. Government officials blamed the Basque separatist group ETA.
    (AP, 2/9/05)
2005        Feb 9, Sudanese Aviation Minister Ali Tamim Fartak said European aviation consortium Airbus Industrie has cancelled the 45-million dollar debt owed to it by Sudan Airways.
    (AFP, 2/9/05)
2005        Feb 9, Faure Gnassingbe, Togo's new president, addressed the nation for the first time since succeeding his father. He offered talks with the exiled opposition and promised general elections as soon as possible.
    (AP, 2/9/05)
2005        Feb 9, Helicopters rescued stranded Venezuelans after flood waters struck the mountainous central coast, triggering landslides, destroying homes and washing out roads. Officials said at least 13 people were killed and thousands of others were forced from their homes.
    (AP, 2/9/05)

2006        Feb 9, President Bush outlined details of an alleged plot to hijack an airliner and fly it into a skyscraper in Los Angeles. The next day security officials and terrorism experts in Southeast Asia said Malaysian engineer Zaini Zakaria (38) was among three men al-Qaida was preparing to take part in an attack on Los Angeles. Zaini has been detained without trial under the Internal Security Act in Malaysia since he surrendered in December 2002.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 9, The US Treasury Dept. sold $14 billion of 30-year bonds at 5.52%. The last 30-year auction was on Aug. 15, 2001.
    (SFC, 2/10/06, p.D3)
2006        Feb 9, Neil Entwistle (27), a British man, whose wife and daughter were found shot dead in their Massachusetts home, was arrested in Britain and charged with murder.
    (AFP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, American International Group, Inc. (AIG), agreed to pay $1.64 billion to resolve allegations that it used deceptive accounting practices to mislead investors and regulatory agencies.
    (SFC, 2/10/06, p.D3)
2006        Feb 9, Sir Freddie Laker (83), pioneer of low-cost airline travel, died in Florida.
    (WSJ, 2/11/06, p.A1)(Econ, 2/18/06, p.82)
2006        Feb 9, An Australian inquiry into alleged kickbacks paid to Iraq under the UN oil-for-food program claimed its first scalp with the resignation of Andrew Lindberg, the chief executive of wheat exporter AWB.
    (AFP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, In Afghanistan hundreds of Shiite Muslims and Sunnis clashed in Herat during an important Shiite festival, exchanging fire, hurling grenades and burning mosques. At least five people were killed and 51 injured.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Australian senators voted to remove an effective ban on abortion drug RU-486.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer and the world's third-biggest retailer, said it is preparing to take on number-one Wal-Mart on its own turf after unveiling plans to set up shop in the US next year.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Rene Preval took a strong lead in Haiti's presidential election, with most of the first votes counted going to the former president who is seen as a champion of the poor.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 9, In central Indonesia an Islamic teacher named Sahal, suspected of involvement in a Southeast Asian terrorist network, was arrested in the town of Poso.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 9, A roadside bomb blast killed two US Marines near the western Anbar province city of Fallujah.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 9, Kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll appeared in a video aired on a private Kuwaiti TV channel, appealing for her supporters to do whatever it takes to win her release and saying "there is a very short time." She was freed on March 30, 2006.
    (AP, 2/9/06)(AP, 2/9/07)
2006        Feb 9, Premier Silvio Berlusconi's government easily won a confidence vote in the Chamber of Deputies on a bill that included financing the country's military in Iraq.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, An Italian judge dismissed an atheist's petition that a small-town priest should stand trial for asserting that Jesus Christ existed. Luigi Cascioli, a 72-year-old retired agronomist, had accused the Rev. Enrico Righi of violating two laws with the assertion, which he called a deceptive fable propagated by the Roman Catholic Church.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 9, Japanese officials said 45 cows at a farm in northern Japan were suspected of having mad cow disease and will be destroyed.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Moroccan state media reported that the US has handed over three suspected Islamic militants held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
    (Reuters, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, In Nepal thousands of opposition protesters flooded the streets of Kathmandu, as early results showed pro-government candidates sweeping local elections that were marred by rebel attacks, the shooting of protesters and low turnout.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Some 58 containers were swept from the P&O Nedlloyd ship Mondriaan, which got caught in a storm about 9 miles off the coast of the island of Terschelling, in the North Sea. The next day thousands of tennis shoes, aluminum briefcases and children's toys washed onto the beach of a Dutch island, drawing crowds of treasure-hunting residents.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 9, Health authorities imposed a quarantine on poultry farms across northern Nigeria. 2 more states reported cases of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus.
    (AP, 2/9/06)(SFC, 2/10/06, p.A8)
2006        Feb 9, North Korea has requested 150,000 tons of fertilizer from South Korea, months after it demanded that the UN World Food Program halt emergency food shipments.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 9, In Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier province a suspected suicide bombing and gunfire killed at least 29 minority Shiite Muslims and gunmen killed at least four more people in an attack on a bus in Hangu.
    (AP, 2/9/06)(SFC, 2/10/06, p.A3)
2006        Feb 9, Palestinian prosecutors froze bank accounts and seized assets of dozens of suspects in a widening corruption probe of senior government officials believed to have stolen hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Two masked gunmen shot out the tires of a diplomatic vehicle and kidnapped Egypt's military attache to the Palestinian Authority, in a brazen daylight abduction just outside the heavily guarded Egyptian mission in Gaza City.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin invited leaders of Hamas to Moscow, saying his country does not see the Palestinian group as a terrorist organization.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Spanish police in Madrid arrested Ricardo Taddei (63), a former Argentine police officer, wanted in connection with kidnappings and torture during his country's "dirty war" against leftist dissidents.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, In Turkey a bomb attack wounded at least 17 people at an Internet cafe in Istanbul. A hardline Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility.
    (AP, 2/9/06)
2006        Feb 9, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez unleashed more criticism toward President Bush and accused the US and Britain of planning to invade Iran.
    (AP, 2/9/06)

2007        Feb 9, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters in Munich, Germany, that serial numbers and other markings on bombs suggested that Iranians were linked to deadly explosives used by Iraqi militants.
    (AP, 2/9/08)
2007        Feb 9, Fred Everts (36), the former roommate of Dean Arthur Schwartzmiller (one of the nation's most prolific child molesters), was sentenced in San Jose, Ca., to at least 800 years in prison for sexually abusing three boys.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 9, Fortress Investment Group LLC, became the 1st private equity group to go public. Shares were issued on the NYSE at $18.50 and closed at $31.
    (WSJ, 2/10/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 9, It was reported that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have overcome a major obstacle in harnessing the full power and speed of the light waves for Internet fiber-optic networks.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, Taliban militants ambushed a truck full of Afghan police in southern Afghanistan, killing four officers and injuring three. A separate gunfight left 11 Taliban fighters dead.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 9, Bolivia’s Pres. Evo Morales declared the Vinto tin smelter to be nationalized. Glencore, the Swiss based owner, demanded compensation saying the seizure violated a 1991 bilateral agreement between Bolivia and Switzerland.
    (Econ, 2/17/07, p.40)
2007        Feb 9, In London airline tycoon Richard Branson announced a $25 million prize for the first person to come up with a way of scrubbing greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere in the battle to beat global warming.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, British government scientists said the avian flu strain that hit the farm in Suffolk owned by poultry giant Bernard Matthews appeared to be identical to that found in Hungary, where Matthews owns local company Saga Foods.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, British bus and train operator FirstGroup PLC said it agreed to buy US-based bus company Laidlaw International Inc. in a 1.9 billion pound ($2.7 billion) deal.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, Ian Richardson (b.1934), Scottish-born film and TV actor, died in London. He played the evil Francis Urquhart in 3 TV miniseries “House of Cards" (1990), “To Play the King" (1993) and “The final Cut" (1995).
    (SSFC, 2/11/07, p.B7)
2007        Feb 9, In Cambodia the American navy's USS Gary docked at Sihanoukville, becoming the first US military craft to visit the former communist country in more than 30 years.
    (AFP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, China’s state Food and Drug Administration vowed to probe up to 170,000 medicines produced by manufacturers, which allegedly bribed its sacked head Zheng Xiaoyu for production licenses. The top drug safety official was being investigated for bribery after a number of deaths and scandals were linked to shoddy medicines.
    (AFP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, In China envoys to international talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program struggled to find a compromise as differences emerged over a Chinese proposal on how to begin the disarmament process.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, A French appeals court ruled that Pierre Pinoncelli (78), who attacked Marcel Duchamp's famed porcelain urinal (fountain) with a hammer last year, does not have to pay $260,000 in damages. Pinoncelli urinated on "Fountain" during a 1993 exhibition in Nimes in southern France, and cut off his own finger as an expression of solidarity with Colombian-French politician Ingrid Betancourt, held hostage by leftist guerrillas in Colombia since 2002.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, In France Alcatel-Lucent SA said it plans to cut another 3,500 jobs after it swung to a loss in the fourth quarter, the first for which the telecom equipment maker reported combined earnings.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, In Guinea President Lansana Conte named Eugene Camara, a recently appointed cabinet member, as prime minister. The move was apparently aimed at appeasing union leaders who led a crippling two-week strike. Under an agreement signed by the two sides, the new PM cannot have previously served in the government.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, Hundreds of UN peacekeepers raided Haiti's largest and most violent slum, seizing a portion of it in a six-hour gunbattle that left a gang member dead and two soldiers wounded.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 9, The UN atomic monitor suspended nearly half the technical aid it provides to Iran, a symbolically significant punishment for nuclear defiance that only North Korea and Saddam Hussein's Iraq had faced in the past.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, Gunmen dressed in Iraqi army uniforms swept into a village south of Baghdad, kidnapping 13 civilians and killing at least 11 of them. A British soldier was killed and three others were hurt in a roadside bomb attack in southern Iraq. 3 US soldiers died in an explosion in volatile Diyala province northeast of Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/9/07)(AFP, 2/9/07)(AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 9, Israeli police stormed the grounds of Islam's third-holiest shrine, firing stun grenades and tear gas to disperse thousands of Muslim worshippers who hurled stones, bottles and trash in an eruption of outrage over Israeli renovation nearby.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, Nichiro Corp., a Japanese food company, recalled nearly 5 million cans of tuna after a customer found part of a box cutter blade in a can. The small piece of blade was found in a can of tuna produced in Vietnam in February 2006 and imported to Japan by a third company for sale by Nichiro.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, An official said flooding in central Mozambique threatened some 285,000 people.
    (AFP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, Gazans rejoiced in the streets to celebrate a Hamas-Fatah power-sharing deal they hope will avert civil war, but Palestinian officials preached patience, saying implementing the agreement would be a challenge.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, The Kremlin said oil tycoon and Chelsea soccer club owner Abramovich will stay on as governor of the Chukotka region in northeastern Russia. Abramovich had submitted his resignation in December.
    (www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/business/4542629.html)
2007        Feb 9, In Vietnam the US ambassador said the US government will give Vietnam $400,000 toward cleaning up a former US military base contaminated by Agent Orange, its biggest step yet toward resolving one of the most contentious legacies of the Vietnam War.
    (AP, 2/9/07)
2007        Feb 9, The United Nations agreed to a Serbian request to delay final talks on the fate of breakaway Kosovo province by a week to give Belgrade time to appoint delegates.
    (Reuters, 2/9/07)

2008        Feb 9, Sen. Barack Obama swept the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Nebraska and Washington state, slicing into Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's slender delegate lead in their historic race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Obama also won almost 90% in the Virgin Islands. McCain narrowly won Washington while Huckabee took Kansas along with a narrow win in Louisiana.
    (AP, 2/10/08)(SSFC, 2/10/08, p.A1)
2008        Feb 9, In San Mateo County, Ca., police found John Alfred Dennis Jr. (59), an Oakland historian and respected college teacher, slain in a vehicle at Montara State Beach. Troy Tyrone Thomas (43), the driver of the vehicle, was arrested. Dennis had mentored Thomas for some years. On July 7 Thomas pleaded guilty and faced life in prison.
    (SFC, 2/11/08, p.D1)(SFC, 2/12/08, p.B1)(SFC, 7/10/08, p.B2)
2008        Feb 9, Michigan’s unemployment rate topped the nation at 7.6%.
    (Econ, 2/9/08, p.31)
2008        Feb 9, A massive fire in London's famed Camden market caused extensive damage to the market and area buildings.
    (AP, 2/10/08)
2008        Feb 9, Egypt's highest civil court ruled that 12 Coptic Christians who had converted to Islam could return to their old faith, ending a yearlong legal battle over the predominantly Muslim state's tolerance for conversion.
    (AP, 2/9/08)
2008        Feb 9, The French government suspended the use of genetically modified corn crops in France while it awaits EU approval for a full ban.
    (AP, 2/9/08)
2008        Feb 9, In Haiti a man blamed for kidnappings in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Petionville was pummeled with rocks and killed by neighbors in the seaside Cite Soleil slum. The next day UN and Haitian police rescued a suspected kidnapper (27) from a mob in downtown Port-au-Prince.
    (AP, 2/11/08)
2008        Feb 9, In India Baba Amte (93), founder of a leper center in Warora (1951), died at the center in western Maharashtra state.
    (SFC, 2/22/08, p.B9)(Econ, 3/1/08, p.93)
2008        Feb 9, A stampede at an Indonesian punk rock concert left 10 people dead and dozens more injured, most of them teenagers.
    (AP, 2/10/08)
2008        Feb 9, Iraqi police killed Abu Omar al-Dori, a local al-Qaida in Iraq leader, in his home in Samarra. 12 decomposed bodies were discovered in a mass grave near Baqouba. Iraqi police arrested 31 Shiite activists in early morning raids south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 2/9/08)
2008        Feb 9, An 8-year-old boy lost his leg in a rocket attack on Sderot, one of the 11 rockets fired at southern Israel. Four Israeli airstrikes after the attack killed a Gaza gunman and targeted weapons-making operations of the Islamic militant Hamas group.
    (AP, 2/10/08)
2008        Feb 9, In Japan the world's leading economies pledged to work together to secure stability in volatile markets but brushed off the idea of a single uniform remedy for the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations.
    (AP, 2/9/08)
2008        Feb 9, Raila Odinga, Kenya's opposition leader, demanded that Pres. Kibaki resign, a sharp turnaround from his conciliatory tone during talks with the government earlier this week.
    (AP, 2/9/08)
2008        Feb 9, In northwestern Pakistan a suicide bomber struck at an election rally in Peshawar, killing 27 people and wounding more than 25.
    (AP, 2/9/08)(AP, 2/10/08)
2008        Feb 9, Sudan and the African Union-UN peacekeeping mission for Darfur signed an agreement determining how the joint force will operate, capping weeks of drawn-out negotiations.
    (AP, 2/10/08)
2008        Feb 9, Turkey’s parliament voted to amend the constitution to lift a decades-old ban on Islamic head scarves at Turkey's universities, despite fierce opposition from the secular establishment.
    (AP, 2/9/08)

2009        Feb 9, US Federal judges tentatively ordered California to release tens of thousands of inmates, up to a third of all prisoners, in the next three years to stop dangerous overcrowding.
    (Reuters, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 9, Baseball player Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs with the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003.
    (WSJ, 2/10/09, p.A1)
2009        Feb 9, In Argentina the ultraconservative Society of St. Pius X said British Bishop Richard Williamson, whose denials of the Holocaust led to Vatican demands he recant, has been removed as the head of an Argentine seminary. On Feb 19 the bishop was ordered to leave Argentina within 10 days.
    (AP, 2/9/09)(AP, 2/20/09)
2009        Feb 9, In Argentina at least 12 people were missing and over 1000 evacuated after a mudslide swept away a railroad bridge and homes in the northern border town of Tartagal.
    (SFC, 2/10/09, p.A2)
2009        Feb 9, In Australia police declared incinerated towns crime scenes, and PM Rudd spoke of "mass murder" after investigators said arsonists may have set some of the country's worst wildfires in history. The official death toll from the wildfires was later downgraded to 173 from a previous count of 210.
    (AP, 2/9/09)(AP, 2/10/09)(AP, 3/30/09)
2009        Feb 9, In Montreal, Canada, researchers said that an Indevus Pharmaceuticals gel formulated to protect women from the virus that causes AIDS appeared to protect about a third of them from infection, the first time a so-called microbicide has been shown to work.
    (AP, 2/9/09)
2009        Feb 9, In Beijing, China, the tower of a nearly completed skyscraper was destroyed by a fire believed to have ignited by a fireworks display marking the end of the Lunar New Year celebrations. It was part of the new headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV). In 2010 a Beijing court sentenced 20 people to up to seven years in prison over the deadly fire at CCTV's iconic headquarters.
    (SFC, 2/10/09, p.A6)(AP, 5/10/10)
2009        Feb 9, In Cuba Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez (b.1933), considered the "heartbeat" of Cuba's legendary Buena Vista Social Club for his internationally acclaimed bass playing, died of complications from prostate surgery.
    (AP, 2/9/09)
2009        Feb 9, The French government said it would give $8.4 million in low interest loans to Renault SA and PSA Peugeot-Citroen in exchange for pledges that the car makers won’t close any factories of lay off workers in France for the duration of the funding.
    (WSJ, 2/10/09, p.B2)
2009        Feb 9, A senior Iraqi security official said that four prisoners have been transferred from the US military detention center in Guantanamo Bay to Iraqi custody. A suicide bomber detonated his car near a US Army patrol in Mosul killing 4 soldiers and their Iraqi translator.
    (AP, 2/9/09)(SFC, 2/10/09, p.A3)
2009        Feb 9, In northern Italy Eluana Englaro (38) died at her clinic as the Italian Senate discussed legislation clarifying the right to die. Englaro had been in a vegetative state since a 1992 car accident and died after her family cut off her food and water.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 9, Nissan said it is slashing 20,000 jobs, or 8.5 percent of its global work force, to cope with what Japan's third-largest automaker expects will be its first annual loss in nine years.
    (AP, 2/9/09)
2009        Feb 9, Scientists in Japan reported that they have identified an enzyme which appears to suppress breast cancer and they hope the finding will spur new therapies to control the second most common cancer in the world.
    (Reuters, 2/9/09)
2009        Feb 9, In Madagascar defense minister Cecile Manorohanta said she has resigned because civilians were killed when security forces fired on anti-government protesters over the weekend.
    (AP, 2/9/09)
2009        Feb 9, A Palestinian fighter died in a clash with Israeli troops and Israeli aircraft attacked two targets in Gaza as mediators tried to broker a long-term cease-fire a day before Israel holds national elections.
    (AP, 2/9/09)
2009        Feb 9, In the Philippines Abu Sayyaf militants holding three Red Cross workers tried to break a military cordon that has boxed them in for days, setting off a clash that wounded five marines and sparked concerns over the hostages' safety.
    (AP, 2/9/09)
2009        Feb 9, South Korean prosecutors cleared police of any wrongdoing over a commando raid last month that left six people dead in a clash with displaced tenants in central Seoul.
    (AP, 2/9/09)
2009        Feb 9, Spain's interior minister blamed the armed Basque separatist group ETA for an explosion in the east of Madrid, which police said caused extensive damage but no casualties.
    (AP, 2/9/09)
2009        Feb 9, In Sri Lanka a woman with a bomb strapped to her body hid in a crowd of civilians at a refugee camp in Vishvamadu, blowing herself up and killing 29 people as security forces frisked people fleeing the northern war zone.
    (AP, 2/9/09)(SFC, 2/10/09, p.A6)(Econ, 2/14/09, p.52)
2009        Feb 9, In Sri Lanka 9 bodies were dumped on farmland in the northerly district of Mullaitivu after they were killed in an army multi-barrel shell attack. The grave was discovered in 2014. Another mass grave was reported to be 200 meters away.
    (Reuters, 3/2/14)
2009        Feb 9, In Switzerland Paula Oliviera (26), a lawyer from Brazil, claimed she was attacked by three skinheads, one with a Nazi symbol tattooed on the back of his head, outside a Zurich train station. On Feb 13 investigators said  was not pregnant and probably cut wounds into herself.
    (AP, 2/13/09)

2010        Feb 9, US Federal government offices were closed for a second straight day and utility workers struggled to restore power knocked out by a weekend blizzard.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
2010        Feb 9, California lawmakers called for federal and state investigations into Anthem Blue Cross regarding new rates hikes of as much as 39% for thousands of policyholders statewide. On Feb 13 Anthem announced that it would delay the increase for two months to allow state regulators to conduct a review. On April 29 WellPoint, the parent of Anthem Blue Cross, said it was withdrawing the proposed rate increase and planned to file new rates.
    (SFC, 2/10/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/14/10, p.A1)(SFC, 4/30/10, p.C1)
2010        Feb 9, Phil Harris (53), the fishing boat captain whose adventures off the Alaska coast were captured on the television show "Deadliest Catch", died in Anchorage following a massive stroke on Jan 29.
    (AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 9, Walter Fredrick Morrison (90), the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, died at his home in Monroe, Utah. Morrison began manufacturing his flying discs in 1948. He sold the production and manufacturing rights to his "Pluto Platter" in 1957. The plastic flying disc was later renamed the "Frisbee," with sales surpassing 200 million discs.
    (AP, 2/11/10)
2010        Feb 9, In Afghanistan US Army soldiers launched a preliminary operation in support of a planned US-Afghan attack on Marjah, the largest Taliban-controlled town in the south. Two NATO service members were killed in separate attacks, including an American who died in a bombing in the south. A French soldier was killed during a gunfight after insurgents attacked an Afghan army convoy being escorted by French troops in the eastern Kapisa province.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
2010        Feb 9, In Afghanistan massive avalanches roared down a northern mountain pass. The death toll soon reached 171 and it was unclear how many more bodies might be buried in the snow. Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak said 3,000 people had been trapped in vehicles along the mountain pass at 3,400 meters (11,000) feet.
    (AP, 2/9/10)(Reuters, 2/10/10)(AP, 2/11/10)
2010        Feb 9, Chile’s President-elect Sebastian Pinera named a Cabinet of technocrats to run his government, calling more on political independents than members of the Chilean conservative parties that made him their standard-bearer.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
2010        Feb 9, A Chinese court sentenced activist Tan Zuoren (56), who investigated the deaths of thousands of schoolchildren in the country's massive 2008 earthquake, to five years in jail for inciting subversion of state power. In 2010 the Sichuan provincial high court  upheld the ruling.
    (AP, 2/9/10)(AP, 6/9/10)
2010        Feb 9, China said its first national pollution census has mapped nearly 6 million sources of industrial, residential and agricultural waste. The 2-year survey results gave the government one year to shape the next 5-year environmental protection plan.
    (SFC, 2/10/10, p.A4)
2010        Feb 9, In Germany GM's Opel unit asked European governments for billions of euros (dollars) in aid even as it formally presented a restructuring plan that will result in some 8,300 job cuts in Europe.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
2010        Feb 9, In Guatemala Manuel Pop Sun and Reyes Collin Gualip, two former sergeants who belonged to a military squad specializing in counterinsurgency, were arrested for their roles in the 1982 massacre of more than 200 people in the village of Dos Erres in the country's northern Peten region. They were among 17 soldiers in the army's elite Kaibil unit blamed for the bloodshed.
    (AP, 2/12/10)
2010        Feb 9, India halted the release of the world's first genetically modified eggplant, saying further study needed to be done to guarantee consumer safety before it could be cultivated in the country.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
2010        Feb 9, Indonesian police said 8 people have died after drinking liquor laced with methanol on the country's main island of Java. The victims had bought the drink from the same stall on Feb 5.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
2010        Feb 9, Iran began enriching uranium to a higher level over the vociferous objections of the US and its allies who fear the process could eventually be used to give the Islamic republic nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
2010        Feb 9, Toyota officials went to Japan's Transport Ministry to formally notify officials the company is recalling the 2010 Prius gas-electric hybrid. The automaker is also recalling two other hybrid models in Japan, the Lexus HS250h sedan, sold in the US and Japan, and the Sai, which is sold only in Japan. The total recall amounted to 437,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles worldwide to fix brake problems.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
2010        Feb 9, Honda Motor Co. added 378,000 US vehicles and 41,000 in Canada to its 15-month-old global recall for faulty air bags in the latest quality problem to hit a Japanese automaker. The next day 17,000 cars in Japan were added to the list.
    (AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 9, Authorities in Malaysia caned three Muslim women for having extramarital sex, making them the first women in the country to receive such punishment under Islamic law. Each woman reportedly received between four and six strokes of a rattan cane.
    (AP, 2/17/10)
2010        Feb 9, Nigeria's Parliament empowered Vice President Goodluck Jonathan to take over for ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua, whose absence has stoked unrest.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
2010        Feb 9, In Pakistan a suicide car-bomber killed 18 people in the Khyber region on the Afghan border. A military helicopter gunship crashed in another part of Khyber, where security forces are fighting militants, killing the two crew. Militants later opened fire on an army rescue party, killing a senior officer and wounding two men.
    (Reuters, 2/10/10)(AFP, 2/11/10)
2010        Feb 9, The UN said in an international appeal that aid groups in Pakistan need nearly $538 million over the next six months to help hundreds of thousands of people displaced by army clashes against the Taliban.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
2010        Feb 9, Philippine prosecutors filed charges against Andal Ampatuan senior, the head of a powerful clan, and 195 others in the biggest and deadliest murder case since the country's WW II war crimes trials.
    (AP, 2/9/10)(Econ, 2/20/10, p.40)
2010        Feb 9, In South Africa a fire raged through the Hope in Christ Home orphanage at Newcastle in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal. The blaze killed Sarah Holland, the director and founder of the Hope of Christ Home in KwaZulu-Natal province, along with two adults and eight children between the ages of 4 and 15. Holland died a hero, rescuing nine children as their rural home burned.
    (AFP, 2/9/10)(AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 9, Sri Lanka's president dissolved the parliament, setting the stage for new elections a day after authorities arrested the leader of the opposition, a move analysts said was meant to prevent him from contesting the vote. The opposition called for countrywide protests after its defeated presidential candidate was arrested for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government while serving as army commander.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
2010        Feb 9, In Sudan militias raided a Darfur refugee camp, shooting dead two people and injuring at least 10. The raid followed the murder of a militia member's relative who appeared to be searching the camps in Kass, South Darfur for the suspect.
    (AP, 2/10/10)

2011        Feb 9, US federal prosecutors announced charges against 41 alleged gang members for activities ranging from racketeering conspiracy to drug and gun trafficking and murder in four states and Washington D.C. Some 29 defendants were arrested and more arrests are expected in connection with the separate cases from Los Angeles; McAllen, Texas; Kansas City; Washington D.C.; and Las Vegas.
    (Reuters, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, US authorities ordered sanctions on two Afghan nationals said to be part of the financial network that supports Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and the Haqqani network. The US Treasury named as Specially Designated Global Terrorists Said Jan Abd Al-Salam and Khalil Al-Rahman Haqqani.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, A US judge approved the extradition to Mexico of Chinese-Mexican businessman, Zhenli Ye Gon, on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, New York state Republican Congressman Christopher Lee (46) said he is resigning after the release of e-mails he allegedly sent through an online personals site. The website Gawker hours earlier published an exchanged between the married Lee and an unidentified woman that included a shirtless photo of him.
    (SFC, 2/10/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 9, Enrico Ponzo, aka Jay Shaw, appeared in a Boise courtroom to face charges from a 1997 indictment for racketeering and attempted murder. The New England mobster vanished in 1994 after trying to kill his boss, Frank Salemme, former head of the Patriarca Family of La Cosa Nostra.
    (SFC, 2/10/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 9, Hewlett-Packard unveiled its new TouchPad computer. It used Palm’s updated webOS software.
    (SFC, 2/10/11, p.D1)
2011        Feb 9, A second powerful blizzard in a week roared through parts of the US midsection, bringing biting winds and dumping more than a foot of snow on areas still digging out from last week's major storm. Up to 2 feet of snow fell on parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma.
    (AP, 2/9/11)(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A5)
2011        Feb 9, In southern Afghanistan 2 NATO service members died. In the north a roadside bomb exploded and killed the director of criminal investigations in Chimtal district of Balkh province.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Brazil, faced with climbing inflation and slowing growth, unveiled $30 billion in cuts to its 2011 budget. Finance Minister Guido Mantega said this would affect "all ministries."
    (AFP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, The British government said it has struck a deal with the country's top banks to curb bonus payments and boost lending to businesses as it seeks to draw a line under a crisis that culminated in a multibillion pound (dollar) state bailout of the sector.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, The London Stock Exchange agreed to buy Canada's stock market operator TMX, while Germany's Deutsche Boerse was in talks to buy NYSE Euronext, signaling that exchanges globally are looking to consolidate.
    (Reuters, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Chinese officials said they were preparing for a severe, long-lasting drought in several parched provinces, causing wheat prices to spike on the prospect of the world's largest consumer putting pressure on a global supply that's already squeezed.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Colombia Marcos Baquero (35), a town councilman taken hostage in June 2009, was released by FARC rebels, the first of five captives they promised to free this week. He was the 15th captive released by the FARC since early 2008 in what was widely seen as good-faith gestures seeking a peace dialogue.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, Danish police arrested a 44-year-old man after he allegedly shot and killed his three children and attempted to commit suicide.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Djibouti the president of the Djiboutian League of Human Rights, was arrested after reporting on the arrests of students and members of opposition political parties following the demonstrations, according to Human Rights Watch.
    (AP, 2/18/11)
2011        Feb 9, Egypt's anti-government activists pushed to expand their protests and sought to drum up labor unrest as thousands launched strikes at state firms and offices around the country, in defiance of the vice president's warning that demonstrations calling for President Hosni Mubarak's ouster would not be tolerated for much longer.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Haiti Radio Kiskeya journalist Garry Desrosiers was fatally shot on a busy street in Port-au-Prince after withdrawing about $1,000. An off-duty police officer fatally shot one gunman. Two other suspects escaped.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, In India millions of census workers fanned out across the country as they began a mammoth effort to document every person in the world's second most populous country over the next three weeks.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Indonesia's biggest palm oil producer pledged to follow new standards to protect carbon-rich forests and peatlands, in a move cautiously welcomed by environmentalists including Greenpeace. A suspect was arrested in his Jakarta art shop during a raid carried out by police and forestry officials for allegedly using the Internet to sell hundreds of illegal wildlife parts, from ivory and tiger skins to the teeth of the world's smallest bears.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)(AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 9, Iran's state prosecutor said the opposition should not stage its own rally in support of Egyptian protesters, warning of repercussions if it does so.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Iran media reported that science minister Kamran Daneshjou has called for universities to enforce strict sex segregation, saying allowing men and women to mingle on campus is a sign of the influence of alien western values.
    (Reuters, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Hussein Abdullahi, Iran's ambassador to Nigeria, said that a Gambia-bound arms shipment seized at Nigeria's busiest port three months ago did not breach sanctions imposed by the UN, because Iran and Gambia had signed a secret agreement two years before the UN's 2010 ban on Iranian arms exports.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Iraq a suicide bomber posing as a dairy deliveryman struck a Kurdish security headquarters, setting off a series of rapid-fire attacks against the oil-rich Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Three car bombs killed 10 people and wounded up to 80. The attacks were blamed on Sunni militant group Ansar Al-Islam.
    (AP, 2/9/11)(AFP, 2/9/11)(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 9, Israeli aircraft overnight carried out retaliatory airstrikes in the Gaza territory after militants launched rockets into Israel on Feb 8. The airstrikes lightly wounded 8 Palestinians.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Italian prosecutors filed a request for an immediate trial of PM Berlusconi on criminal charges relating to prostitution and abuse of power.
    (SFC, 2/10/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 9, An Ivory Coast regulatory board loyal to incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo ordered United Nations radio off the air. UN radio director Sylvain Semilinko said the next day that work continued as normal at UN radio headquarters as preparations were being made in case their signal was jammed.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, Jordan’s King Abdullah II swore in a new 27-member Cabinet following protests demanding jobs, reduced prices for food and fuel and changes to an election law giving government loyalists more seats in the national Assembly.
    (SFC, 2/10/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 9, Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui said that she was let go by MVS radio for refusing to apologize for her Feb 4 comments regarding a congressman's allegation that President Felipe Calderon is an alcoholic. The firing stirred a debate over freedom of expression in Mexico and allegations that the government still holds sway over the media. Aristegui was reinstated on Feb 14.
    (AP, 2/9/11)(AP, 2/15/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Mexico a shootout between troops and armed men killed one soldier and 8 gunmen in Zacatecas state.
    (AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 9, North Korean military officers stalked out of the first official talks with rival South Korea in months, dashing hopes for eased tensions after a deadly artillery attack in November increased fears of war on the peninsula. The meeting was sunk because the two sides disagreed about what should be on the agenda of their next talks.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Pakistan's federal cabinet resigned to allow PM Yusuf Raza Gilani to set up a new, smaller cabinet and reduce government expenditure.
    (Reuters, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Pakistan a tribal elder and a government official said Sunni and Shiite communities in a region close to the Afghan border have agreed to end their four-year long conflict. The main road leading to Kurram from Peshawar was now open again and both Shiites and Sunnis were using it.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, In Pakistan strike action forced Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to ground or delay all flights, affecting thousands of passengers and heaping further woes on the troubled state carrier.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, The Puerto Rican Association of University Professors began staging a 24-hour strike in support of students who have clashed with police during protests over a new fee.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made it clear he will not give up the southern Kuril islands to Japan. In fact, he said Russia will send more weapons to the disputed islands to keep them secure.
    (AP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, Ten moderate Saudi scholars asked the king for recognition of their Umma Islamic Party, the kingdom's first political party.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, Pirates seized the Irene SL, a Greek-flagged supertanker, off the coast of Oman bound for the US carrying a crew of 25 and a load of more than 1.9 million barrels of oil.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)
2011        Feb 9, A south Sudanese minister, Jimmy Lemi Milla, and his bodyguard were shot dead in Juba in a revenge killing by the minister's brother-in-law. At least 16 people died when rebels attacked troops in troubled Jonglei state, breaking a ceasefire signed last month.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)(AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 9, Tunisia's Senate agreed unanimously to grant wide powers to the interim president struggling to restore order to the country following the overthrow of ex-leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
    (AFP, 2/9/11)

2012        Feb 9, President Barack Obama freed 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and evaluate students.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Five of the largest US banks agreed to a $26 billion, 3-year settlement over reckless lending practices in 49 states. The agreement would provide some foreclosure relief and partially compensate those who have lost their homes.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A1)
2012        Feb 9, The US House passed a bill, “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge" (STOCK), making it explicit that members of Congress are not allowed to engage in insider trading and get away with it.
    (Econ, 2/18/12, p.30)
2012        Feb 9, The US EPA approved a federal rule banning ships from flushing their sewage into the sea within 3 miles of the California coast.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A1)
2012        Feb 9, The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to grant a license to build two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A9)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.34)
2012        Feb 9, The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota sued some of the world’s largest beer makers for $500 million claiming they knowingly contributed to alcohol-related problems on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A14)
2012        Feb 9, In Missouri Edward John Maher (56), a British armored car driver suspected of driving off with $1.5 million in January, 1993, was arrested in the small town of Ozark.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A8)
2012        Feb 9, Algeria’s Channel Three radio said 30 died in road accidents over the past week caused by cold weather, and 14 of asphyxia because of poor heating devices.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, The IMF said it has extended its $1.34-billion (one-billion-euro) loan program in Angola to March 30 to allow time for a final review before the last payout.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Brazil striking police officers in the northeastern city of Salvador evacuated the Bahia state legislative building they occupied in protest for more than a week. The state government has offered a raise of 6.5 percent as well as bonuses but refused to offer amnesty for the striking officers.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, A British judge sent 9 British Muslims men to prison with sentences of 5-16 years for plots to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2010.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 9, The Bank of England said it will inject another £50 billion into Britain's weak economy and keep interest rates at a record-low 0.50 percent.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Britain a new 367 megawatt offshore wind farm opened off the Cumbrian coast and will supply up to 320,000 households with renewable power a year.
    (Reuters, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, China said a Syrian opposition delegation visited Beijing and met Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun as the country insisted it wants to maintain contacts and communication with Syrian opposition groups.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In China security forces shot dead two Tibetan brothers who were on the run after protesting against Chinese rule.
    (AFP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 9, Colombia’s chief prosecutor's office obtained an arrest warrant for Luis Carlos Restrepo, ex-President Alvaro Uribe's peace commissioner, for allegedly choreographing the March 2006 bogus surrender of a column of leftist guerrillas. Restrepo departed Colombia on Jan. 8 and his whereabouts was unknown.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 9, Ecuador's foreign minister said police in Italy found nearly 90 pounds (40 kilos) of cocaine last month in diplomatic mail sent to the Mediterranean country and two suspects have been arrested. The crates had been inspected by police dogs before leaving Ecuador, but had traveled to Italy through a third country.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Germany expelled four Syrian diplomats,.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Greece’s political leaders struck a deal to make deep cuts in government jobs and spending to help save the country from default.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 9, Guinean authorities confirmed charges against army Col. Moussa Tiegboro Camara in connection with a Sep 28, 2009, massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators at a soccer stadium, making him the first high-ranking official to face trial for the atrocities.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Buncrana, Ireland, Andrew "Chubby" Allen (24) died after a gunman on foot opened fire through a window of his home and struck the victim at least once in the head. Allen last year fled his Northern Ireland hometown of Londonderry after receiving death threats from Republican Action Against Drugs, an organization forged by former members of both the IRA and a rival group called the Irish National Liberation Army.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Israel half a million public and private sector workers were on general strike for a 2nd day. Media reported signs of an emerging agreement between unions and government.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Israel Khader Adnan (33), an imprisoned member of a Palestinian militant group, has waged a hunger strike for almost two months, trying to draw attention to Israel's military justice system and its treatment of detainees who can be held without charge for lengthy periods.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Jordanian public school teachers ignored government calls to halt their strike to press for full annual bonuses, leaving hundreds of thousands of students at home.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, A Jordanian prosecutor said he has ordered, Mohammed al-Dahabi, the former head of the General Intelligence Department, to be detained for 14 days pending a probe on charges of embezzlement of public funds, money laundering and abuse of office.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, A Maldives court issued an arrest warrant for former President Mohamed Nasheed, one day after his supporters rampaged in the capital and his claim of being ousted by a coup left unclear the stability of the fledging Indian Ocean democracy.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, The World Food Program said a food crisis in Mauritania as a result of drought is expected to be three times worse that in 2010, when the Sahel was crippled by food shortages.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Mexico Bruce Beresford-Redman, former “Survivor" reality television producer, arrived in Quintana Roo escorted by nearly a dozen agents after being extradited from the United States so he can face trial in his wife's killing. His wife’s body was found in a sewer cistern at a swank Cancun resort following an April 2010 family vacation.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Morocco Renault inaugurated a giant factory to build low-cost cars, sparking controversy at home in France where a loss of industrial competitiveness has rankled.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, It was reported that a woman (35) recently walked through a field in northern Mozambique, near where a group of teenage boys were undergoing their ritual circumcision into adulthood. Accusing her of trespassing on sacred ground forbidden to women, the traditional leader meted out his punishment: He ordered 17 of his young initiates to gang rape her. Four of the youths were arrested.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, On the Caribbean island of Nevis a machete-wielding robber took $1000 from US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his guests. Police soon arrested Vedel Brown and charged him with aggravated robbery.
    (SFC, 2/22/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 9, Pakistani officials said US missiles in Miranshah killed Badar Mansoor, the most senior Pakistani in Al-Qaeda, one of the Americans' main targets in the country and wanted for attacks that killed scores of people. 4 militants were reported killed in the pre-dawn drone strike.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Peru the rebel known as Comrade Artemio (50), Florindo "Jose" Flores, was reported wounded. On Feb 12 government troops captured the badly wounded leader of a remnant of the once-powerful Shining Path rebel group that lives off the cocaine trade. Artemio had practically lost his right arm.
    (AP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 9, Romania's Parliament approved a government led by former spy chief Mihai Razvan Ungureanu (43), which the ruling coalition hopes will improve its popularity ahead of parliamentary elections this year. His Cabinet has seven ministers from the previous cabinet, but new, younger ministers for the key portfolios of economy, finance, interior ministry and agriculture.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, In Saudi Arabia Munir al-Medani (21) was killed and three wounded when security forces exchanged gunfire with "masked men" in the Qatif district of the kingdom's oil-rich Eastern Province. Activists and witnesses said that security forces opened fire when a Shiite procession marking the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, a celebration forbidden in ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, turned into a demonstration for reform and the release of Shiite detainees.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)(AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 9, In a video posted on an Islamic Internet forum Al-Qaida's leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, said that the Somali militant group al-Shabab has formally joined al-Qaida.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, South Africa’s Pres. Zuma said the government will invest 300 billion rand ($39.6 billion, €29.7 billion) in rail and port projects over the next seven years in a bid to create jobs.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon (56), celebrated for pursuing international human rights cases, was convicted of overstepping his jurisdiction in a domestic corruption probe and barred from the bench for 11 years.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Spanish police arrested 3 members of the Serbian paramilitary group known as "Arkan's Tigers" as well as belonging to Zemun Clan. They included Vladimir Milisavljevic, who had been a fugitive for five years after being convicted in absentia for the March 12, 2003, assassination of Serbia’s PM Zoran Djindjic. Milisavljevic was convicted in 2007 and sentenced in absentia in Serbia to 35 years for his involvement in the assassination of Djindjic and to another 40 years for other crimes. Luka Bojovic (39) and Sinisa Petric were also arrested. Bojovic was wanted in connection with 20 murders in Serbia, the Netherlands and Spain.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 9, Swiss news reported that Hafez Makhlouf, a cousin of Syria's President Bashar Assad, has won a legal bid to unfreeze euro3 million ($4 million) held in bank accounts in Switzerland, overturning a last-ditch effort by Swiss prosecutors to block the release of the funds on suspicion of money laundering.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Syrian forces fired mortars and rockets that killed scores of people in the rebellious city of Homs. The Local Coordination Committees said an estimated 90 people were killed in Homs, but the death toll was impossible to independently verify. Activists also reported violence in Zabadani and Daraa.
    (AP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Uganda said it will set up a national oil company to handle commercial interests in its emerging oil sector after the government tabled a long-delayed bill in parliament.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 9, Yemeni security forces shot dead two southern Yemeni activists during a demonstration in Daleh against presidential elections to be held later this month.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)

2013        Feb 9, A record-breaking blizzard packing hurricane-force winds hammered the northeastern United States, cutting power to 700,000 homes and businesses, shutting down travel and leaving at least five people dead. The storm centered its fury on Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 38 inches fell in Milford, Connecticut. 29.3 inches fell on Portland, Maine, breaking a 1979 record.
    (Reuters, 2/9/13)
2013        Feb 9, In southern California three women walking in Anaheim died after they were hit by a suspected drunk driver.
    (SFC, 2/11/13, p.A5)
2013        Feb 9, In southern Afghanistan  two women and four men were killed in the blast in the Nad Ali district, Helmand province.
    (AP, 2/9/13)
2013        Feb 9, In Belgium a small private plane crashed south of Brussels, killing five members of a family including three small children.
    (AP, 2/9/13)
2013        Feb 9, In Chile a bus carrying fans of a soccer team plunged into a ravine killing 16 people and injuring 21 others.
    (SSFC, 2/10/13, p.A4)
2013        Feb 9, A Cairo court ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that caused deadly riots across the world. The ruling can be appealed and based on precedent may not be enforced.
    (AP, 2/9/13)
2013        Feb 9, The French and British governments promised to punish those found responsible for selling horsemeat in beef products. French consumer safety authorities said companies from Romania, Cyprus and the Netherlands were part of a supply chain that resulted in horsemeat being disguised as beef in frozen lasagna sold around the continent.
    (Reuters, 2/9/13)(AP, 2/10/13)
2013        Feb 9, In India Mohammed Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri man convicted in Dec 13, 2001, attack on India's Parliament that left 14 people dead, was hanged after a final mercy plea was rejected. Guru had confessed in TV interviews that he helped plot the attack, but later denied any involvement and said he was tortured into confessing. Protests broke out in at least four parts of Indian Kashmir, including the northwestern town of Sopore, which was Guru's home.
    (AP, 2/9/13)
2013        Feb 9, In Iraq rockets and mortar rounds struck a refugee camp for Iranian exiles, members of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, next to Baghdad's international airport before dawn, killing six people and wounding about 40. One of the injured died on Feb 12. The UN urged the Iraqi government to ensure the safety of the about 3,100 camp residents and move quickly to find the still-unidentified attackers. Another of the injured died on March 13.
    (AP, 2/9/13)(AP, 2/12/13)(AP, 3/14/13)
2013        Feb 9, In Ireland trade unionists marched in Dublin and other cities to protest the continuing high cost of the country’s bank bailout program.
    (SSFC, 2/10/13, p.A4)
2013        Feb 9, Israeli troops drove some 100 Palestinian activists out of an illegal tent camp they had set up near the city of Hebron in the southern West Bank. The operation marked the fifth time in the past month Israeli forces broke up a Palestinian encampment.
    (AP, 2/9/13)
2013        Feb 9, Members of a Muslim royal clan from the southern Philippines landed in Malaysia’s coastal village of Lahad Datu, Sabah state to claim the territory as their own, citing ownership documents from the late 1800s.
    (AP, 3/1/13)
2013        Feb 9, In northern Mali a suicide bomber wearing military fatigues blew himself up near a checkpoint at the entrance to Gao, wounding one soldier in the second attack to hit the same location in 36 hours.
    (AP, 2/10/13)
2013        Feb 9, Assailants in northeastern Nigeria killed 3 North Korean doctors, beheading one of the physicians in Potiskum. They had lived in the state since 2005 as part of a medical program between Nigeria and the North Korean government.
    (AP, 2/10/13)
2013        Feb 9, In Russia Sergei Udaltsov, a top opposition figure, was placed under house arrest for two months. The move also banned him from using most forms of communication, including the Internet, telephone and mail. He faced charges in connection with a protest in May that ended in clashes with police and for allegedly plotting to conduct mass disorder aimed at overthrowing the government.
    (AP, 2/9/13)
2013        Feb 9, In Senegal a woman and her son were killed by a landmine in the southern Casamance region near the Gambian border.
    (AP, 2/10/13)
2013        Feb 9, In Syria fighting in Damascus and its suburbs raged for a fourth consecutive day. Pres. Assad reshuffled his Cabinet, appointing 7 new ministers in a move that appeared aimed at trying to shore up an economy that has been ravaged by the country's 2-year-old revolt.
    (AP, 2/9/13)
2013        Feb 9, Several thousand supporters of Tunisia's ruling moderate Islamist party rallied in the capital in a pro-government demonstration. Protesters hurled insults at France, accusing the former colonial ruler of interfering in the North African country's politics.
    (AP, 2/9/13)
2013        Feb 9, At the Vatican  the Knights of Malta marked its 900th birthday with a colorful procession through St. Peter's Square, a Mass in the basilica and an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, himself a member of the onetime chivalrous order drawn from Europe's nobility. The Knights are at once a Roman Catholic religious order, an aid group that runs soup kitchens, hospitals and ambulance services around the globe, and a sovereign entity that prints its own passports and enjoys diplomatic relations with 104 countries — yet has no country to call its own.
    (AP, 2/9/13)

2014        Feb 9, Michael Sam, a defensive end form the Univ. of Missouri, publicly came out as gay. He was expected to be a 3rd A10of 4th round pick at the NFL draft.
    (SFC, 2/11/14, p.A10)
2014        Feb 9, Bahamas’ military said it has taken 40 Dominican fishermen into custody on suspicion of poaching in Bahamian waters.
    (AP, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, In Bosnia hundreds marched in Sarajevo to protest alleged police abuse of people arrested during anti-government protests and to call for their release. Police said all but 10 of 44 people have been let go.
    (AP, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, Severe flooding and landslips cut off rail links to large parts of southwest England for more than 24 hours as the government came under pressure for its handling of storms battering Britain.
    (Reuters, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, Violence in Central African Republic's capital, including mob attacks and an apparent assassination attempt targeting the country's former justice minister, killed at least 10 people over the last 24 hours. Gunmen murdered politician Jean-Emmanuel Djarawa, a Christian representative for eastern Haute-Kotto province, outside his house in Bangui.
    (AFP, 2/9/14)(Reuters, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 9, Denmark’s Copenhagen Zoo killed a 2-year-old giraffe and fed its remains to lions as visitors watched, ignoring a petition signed by thousands and offers from other zoos and a private individual to save the animal.
    (AP, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, Gabriel Axel (b.1918), the first Dane to win an Oscar for best foreign film with "Babette's Feast" (1987) which he directed, died.
    (AP, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 9, Egypt's interior ministry said it has broken up a "military wing" of the Muslim Brotherhood, allegedly formed to attack policemen, in the most detailed accusation yet implicating the group in militant attacks.
    (AFP, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, Egypt's Health Ministry said the number of people killed by swine flu in the country since December has reached 38.
    (AP, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, Danish director Lars von Trier brought an extra-long version of his "Nymphomaniac Volume I" to the Berlin International Film Festival, a cut that increases to nearly 2½ hours the first installment of the two-part drama about a woman's sexual life from girlhood to age 50.
    (AP, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, In northern India a tiger prowling near villages killed its 10th person in six weeks, a day after eluding a trap set by hunters with a live calf as bait.
    (AP, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 9, Iran agreed to start addressing UN nuclear agency suspicions that it may have worked on designing an atomic weapon, a potential breakthrough in unblocking a long-stalled investigation into Tehran's disputed atomic activities.
    (Reuters, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, In Iraq 9 people were found dead in two brutal incidents, one where militants forced Shiite policemen to pray before killing them, and another where decapitated heads were left in a market.
    (AFP, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, Israel denied entry permits to some 50 Palestinian medical patients from the Gaza Strip because the words "State of Palestine" was on the letterhead of their application.
    (Reuters, 2/12/14)
2014        Feb 9, A Palestinian militant was in critical condition after an Israeli air strike on central Gaza that the army said targeted a "key" figure responsible for cross-border rocket fire.
    (AFP, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, In Russia a man employed as a private security guard (24) opened fire in a cathedral on Russia's Sakhalin Island in the Pacific, killing a nun and a parishioner and wounding six others.
    (AP, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, Swiss voters narrowly backed proposals to reintroduce immigration quotas with the European Union. 50.3% backed the so-called "Stop mass immigration" initiative.
    (Reuters, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, In Syria the governor Homs said that over 600 people have been evacuated from rebel-held parts of the city, in a rare 3-day cease-fire with rebels. Government aircraft dropped barrel bombs on Aleppo, killing at least 11 people. Extremist Islamic rebels overran Maan village in Hama province, populated by the Alawite minority, and killed at least 40 people
    (AP, 2/9/14)(AP, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 9, Ukraine's security agency warned of a heightened risk of terrorism, including from nearly three months of anti-government protests. An estimated 70,000 pro-Western Ukrainians thronged the heart of Kiev vowing never to give up their drive to oust President Viktor Yanukovych for his alliance with old master Russia.
    (AP, 2/9/14)(AFP, 2/9/14)
2014        Feb 9, In Yemen Shiite rebels and Yemeni tribesmen agreed a ceasefire after deadly clashes between the two sides in the Arhab district near Sanaa. A bomb planted in the car of a Yemeni intelligence colonel exploded near the oil ministry, killing the officer and wounding 3 people.
    (AFP, 2/9/14)

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