updated 2/9/2006 12:01:41 AM ET 2006-02-09T05:01:41

Today is Thursday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2006. There are 325 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 9, 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an American victory over Japanese forces.

On this date:
In 1773, the ninth president of the United States, William Henry Harrison, was born in Charles City County, Virginia.

In 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.

In 1861, the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States of America elected Jefferson Davis president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president.

In 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau was established.

In 1942, daylight-saving “War Time” went into effect in the United States, with clocks turned one hour forward.

In 1950, in a speech in Wheeling, West Virginia, Senator Joseph McCarthy, R-Wisc., charged the State Department was riddled with Communists.

In 1964, The Beatles made their first live American television appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on CBS.

In 1971, the Apollo 14 spacecraft returned to Earth after man’s third landing on the moon.

In 1984, Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov died at age 69, less than 15 months after succeeding Leonid Brezhnev; he was succeeded by Konstantin U. Chernenko.

In 2002, Britain’s Princess Margaret died in London at age 71.

Ten years ago: In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a former member of the city’s beach detail shot and killed five former co-workers before killing himself. A collision of rush-hour commuter trains in Secaucus, New Jersey, claimed the lives of both engineers and a passenger. The Irish Republican Army ended its cease-fire with a truck bombing in London that killed two and injured 37.

Five years ago: A U.S. Navy submarine collided with a Japanese fishing boat off the Hawaiian coast, killing nine men and boys aboard the boat.

One year ago: Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina was forced out by board members, ending her nearly six-year reign. A new postage stamp honoring President Reagan was issued in ceremonies across the country.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Kathryn Grayson is 84. Television journalist Roger Mudd is 78. Actress Janet Suzman is 67. Actress-politician Sheila James Kuehl (“The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”) is 65. Singer-songwriter Carole King is 64. Actor Joe Pesci is 63. Singer Barbara Lewis is 63. Author Alice Walker is 62. Actress Mia Farrow is 61. Singer Joe Ely is 59. Actress Judith Light is 57. Rhythm-and-blues musician Dennis “DT” Thomas (Kool & the Gang) is 55. Actor Charles Shaughnessy is 51. Country singer Travis Tritt is 43. Actress Julie Warner is 41. Country singer Danni Leigh is 36. Actor Jason George is 34. Actress Ziyi Zhang (“Memoirs of a Geisha”) is 27. Actor David Gallagher is 21. Actress Marina Malota is 18. Actress Camille Winbush (“The Bernie Mac Show”) is 16.

Thought for Today: “What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.”— Havelock Ellis, English psychologist (1859-1939).

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