spotlight Today in history: Feb. 9 Feb 9, 2020 Feb 9, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1825: John Quincy Adams In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes. AP 1943: Battle of Guadalcanal In 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces. J. Scott Applewhite 1950: Joseph McCarthy In 1950, in a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., charged the State Department was riddled with Communists. AP 1964: The Beatles In 1964, the Beatles made their first live American television appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," broadcast from New York on CBS. AP 1984: Yuri V. Andropov In 1984, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov, 69, died 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he was followed by Konstantin U. Chernenko (chehr-NYEN'-koh). AP 1986: Halley's Comet In 1986, during its latest visit to the solar system, Halley's Comet came closest to the sun (its next return will be in 2061). AP 1995: J. William Fulbright In 1995, Former Senator J. William Fulbright died in Washington at age 89. AP 2002: Princess Margaret In 2002, Britain's Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died in London at age 71. Fred Jewell 2007: Robert Gates In 2007, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters in Munich, Germany, that serial numbers and other markings on bombs provided "pretty good" evidence that Iranians were supplying either weapons or technology to Iraqi extremists. AP 2010: Michelle Obama Ten years ago: First lady Michelle Obama launched her "Let's Move!" campaign against childhood obesity. AP 2010: President Barack Obama Ten years ago: Appealing for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama sat down with Democrats and Republicans to spur cooperation on job creation, deficit reduction and health care overhaul. AP 2015: Barack Obama and Angela Merkel Five years ago: President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, meeting at the White House, rallied behind efforts to reach a long-shot diplomatic resolution in Ukraine. AP 2015: Ed Sabol Five years ago: Ed Sabol, the NFL Films founder who revolutionized sports broadcasting, died in Scottsdale, Arizona, at age 98. AP 2015: Winter Weather Five years ago: More than 2 feet of fresh snow piled up in parts of New England, breaking records set during the Blizzard of 1978. AP 2019: Pacific Northwest Snow One year ago: More than a foot of snow fell in parts of the Pacific Northwest, with snow covering areas that were more accustomed to winter rain. AP 2019: Virginia One year ago: Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax called for authorities to investigate sexual assault allegations made against him and repeated his denials that he had ever sexually assaulted anyone; Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, meanwhile, made his first official appearance since he acknowledged wearing blackface in the 1980s. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Birthday Celebrity Related to this collection Most Popular +15 Archives Today in history: April 2 Apr 2, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +89 Archives Week in review: Top photos of the week from AP Apr 4, 2020 Here are some of the top photos of the week, as selected by the Associated Press. +20 Archives Today in history: April 7 Apr 7, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +46 Archives Top pics from the weekend: Palm Sunday Mass, and more Apr 6, 2020 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press. +17 Archives Today in history: April 4 Apr 4, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +17 Archives Today in history: April 6 Apr 6, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +41 Archives Birthday Highlight: Jackie Chan Apr 7, 2020 Actor Jackie Chan is 66 today, so here's a quick slideshow of some career highlights from the archives of the Associated Press. +17 Archives Today in history: April 3 Apr 3, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +20 Archives Today in history: April 5 Apr 5, 2020 Major events that happened around the world on this day in history. +32 Archives Today’s top pics: Coronavirus Outbreak and more Apr 1, 2020 Top photos of the day as selected by the Associated Press.