GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, February 09, the 40th day of 2015 with 325 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:49 and sunset is @ 5:07. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury, & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1718 – French colonists arrived in Louisiana.
1801 – The Holy Roman Empire came to an end with the signing of the Peace of Luneville between Austria and France.
1825 – The U.S. House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams the 6th President after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes. He had won fewer votes than Andrew Jackson in the popular election.
1861 – Jefferson Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America.
1870 – The U. S. Weather Bureau was established.
1895 – The first college basketball game was played as Minnesota State School of Agriculturedefeated the Porkers of Hamline College, 9-3.
1900 – American collegian Dwight Filley Davis challenged British tennis players to come across the Atlantic Ocean and compete against his Harvard team, which was the beginning of the Davis Cup competition.
1942 – The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff held its first formal meeting to coordinate military strategy during World War II.
1942 – The Normandie, thought by many to be the most elegant ocean liner ever built, burned and sank in New York Harbor during its conversion to an Allied trip transport ship.
1943 – The Battle of Guadalcanal ended in the southwest Pacific Ocean as an important American victory over the Japanese in World War II.
1950 – Joseph McCarthy, Republican senator from Wisconsin, announced during a speech that he knew of 205 communists who had infiltrated the U.S. State Department.
1964 – The Beatles made their first live American television appearance, on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
1994 – Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa.
2001 – An American submarine accidentally strikes and sinks a Japanese fishing vessel off the coast of Hawaii, killing nine.