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This Day In History: Feb. 9

This Day in History

1825: After no candidate wins a majority of Electoral College votes, John Quincy Adams is elected president by the U.S. House of Representatives.
1943: The last Japanese forces are expelled from Guadalcanal by Allied troops.
1984: Soviet leader Yuri Andropov dies after only 15 months in power.
1986: In the Middle East, Iran launches a major offensive against its neighbor Iraq.

Today's Birthdays

1773: William Henry Harrison, 9th president of the United States (Berkeley, VA; died 1841)
1874: Amy Lowell, poet (Brookline, MA; died 1925)
1909: Dean Rusk, diplomat and Secretary of State (Cherokee County, GA; died 1994)
1914: Gypsy Rose Lee, vaudeville entertainer/stripper (Seattle, WA; died 1970). Bill Veeck, baseball executive (Chicago, IL; died 1986):
1922: Kathryn Grayson, actress (Winston-Salem, NC)
1923: Brendan Behan, playwright/poet (Dublin, Ireland; died 1964)
1928: Roger Mudd, TV journalist (Washington, DC)
1932: Gerhard Richter, artist (Dresden, Germany)
1942: Carole King, singer/songwriter (Brooklyn, NY)
1943: Joe Pesci, actor (Newark, NJ)
1944: Alice Walker, author (Eatonton, GA)
1945: Mia Farrow, actress (Los Angeles, CA)
1950: Judith Light, actress (Trenton, NJ)
1955: Charles Shaughnessy, actor (London, England)
1963: Travis Tritt, country singer (Marietta, GA)
1976: Vladimir Guerrero, baseball player (Nizao Bani, Dominican Republica)

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