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This Day In History: Feb. 9

Today is the 40th day of 2008 and the 50th day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America. In 1964, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, launching rock music's "British invasion." In 1994, Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: William Henry Harrison (1773-1841), U.S. president; Ronald Colman (1891-1958), actor; Brendan Behan (1923-1964), playwright; Roger Mudd (1928- ), broadcaster, is 80; Joe Pesci (1943- ), actor, is 65; Alice Walker (1944- ), writer, is 64; Mia Farrow (1945- ), actress, is 63; Travis Tritt (1963- ), singer, is 45; Mena Suvari (1979- ), actress, is 29.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1992, Magic Johnson, who had retired three months earlier after announcing he had contracted HIV, was named MVP of the NBA All-Star game.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "A candidate's character is central to political reporting because it is central to a citizen's decision in voting. The media, therefore, have a major obligation--nay, a burden--to report on the character of our presidential candidates." - Roger Mudd

TODAY'S FACT: Some 45.3 percent of all U.S. TV-owning households tuned in to see The Beatles debut in America on The Ed Sullivan Show, the then-highest rated TV telecast and still the 24th highest of all-time.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 250 - length in feet of Henry Ford's first assembly line.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (February 6) and first quarter (February 13).

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