On This Day In History, 9 February


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World Events Today

  • In what was considered a Cold War victory, the Soviet Union confirmed the R-7 Semyorka, the world’s first intercontinental ballistic missile, was ready for operations today in 1959
  • The Boeing 747 aircraft, the world’s first “Jumbo Jet”, made its maiden flight today in 1969
  • The Provisional Irish Republican Army, the IRA, ended a 17-month ceasefire today in 1996, they exploded a large bomb in the back of a truck in the London Docklands area

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Beatles, on their first tour of the United States, appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show today in 1964, it is estimated that over 70 million people tuned in
  • The Nottingham Forest manager, Brian Clough, signed Trevor Francis from Birmingham City today in 1979, he became the first 1 million pound player in English football
  • The 23rd Winter Olympics opened today in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea

Family Events Today

  • The American actor Joe Pesci, mostly known for his tough guy roles in Goodfellas and Casino, was born today in 1943 in New Jersey
  • William John Clifton Haley, better known as the American rock and roll legend Bill Haley, died today in 1981 aged 55
  • Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, died today in 2002 aged 71

Main Event Today

  • The Knights of Malta celebrated their 900th anniversary today in 2013, 4,000 of them marched in procession to the tomb of Saint Peter in the Vatican

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Pizza Day

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