Today in history

February 9, 2017

Today is Thursday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2017. There are 325 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight:

On Feb. 9, 1942, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II. Daylight-saving “War Time” went into effect in the United States, with clocks moved one hour forward.

On this date:

In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.In 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.In 1964, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” broadcast from New York by CBS.In 2002, Britain’s Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died in London at age 71.

Today’s Birthdays: Television journalist Roger Mudd is 89. Singer-songwriter Carole King is 75. Actor Joe Pesci is 74. Country singer Travis Tritt is 54. Actress Rose Leslie is 30. Actress Marina Malota is 29. Actress Camille Winbush is 27. Actor Jimmy Bennett is 21.