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FEBRUARY 9

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1733 Georgia's First Settlers Begin Building the First Houses in Savannah Savannah, Georgia Colonial, Georgia Housing Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1837 German Explorer and Writer, Frederick Gerstaecker, Arrives in Little Rock, Arkansas German Authors Little Rock, Arkansas North American Explorers Arkansas History Commission
1849 In Wisconsin, the Oshkosh True Democrat Begins Publication as the City's First Newspaper Oshkosh, Wisconsin Journalism Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1875 First Train Passes through the Hoosac Tunnel Connecting New York and Massachusetts New York Massachusetts Railroad Historic Firsts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1880 The First Train Arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico Santa Fe, New Mexico Railroad Historic Firsts New Mexico Magazine
1895 University of Minnesota's School of Agriculture Defeats Hamline University 9 to 3 in the First Intercollegiate Basketball Game Minnesota Basketball Historic Firsts University of Minnesota's School of Agriculture Hamline University Minnesota Historical Society
1900 The Davis Cup for Tennis Is First Put Up for Competition Tennis Historic Firsts Official Website The History Channel
1942 The First Meeting of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Is Held World War II Historic Firsts National Archives & Records Administration New York Times
U.S. Clocks First Go Forward One Hour for Daylight-savings ''War Time'' World War II Time Historic Firsts History Channel
First Congressional Medal of Honor of World War II Awarded Posthumously to Sandy Nittinger of Fort Lauderdale, FL Florida Military Figures American Military Figures World War II Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1963 The First Boeing 727 Trijet Lifts Off from Seattle Seattle, Washington Aviation History Historic Firsts History Link
1964 The Beatles Make Their First Appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" The Beatles Television Historic Firsts New York Times
1971 Apollo 14 Returns to Earth After Third Manned Moon Landing Apollo 14 Lunar Exploration New York Times
1978 NASA Launches FLTSATCOM-1 Naval Communications Satellite Space Exploration History of Technology Naval History NASA
1995 Two Astronauts Are First African-American and First Briton to Walk in Space Michael Foale Bernard Harris Astronauts African-American History BBC

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