Today in History: February 9

Today in History: February 9

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1567

Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, is murdered in his sick-bed in a house in Edinburgh when the house blows up.

1799

The USS Constellation captures the French frigate Insurgente off the West Indies.

1825

The House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams, sixth U.S. President.

1861

Jefferson F. Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.

1864

Union General George Armstrong Custer marries Elizabeth Bacon in their hometown of Monroe, Mich.

1904

Japanese troops land near Seoul, Korea, after disabling two Russian cruisers.

1909

France agrees to recognize German economic interests in Morocco in exchange for political supremacy.

1916

Conscription begins in Great Britain as the Military Service Act becomes effective.

1922

The U.S. Congress establishes the World War Foreign Debt Commission.

1942

Chiang Kai-shek meets with Sir Stafford Cripps, the British viceroy in India.

1943

The Red Army takes back Kursk 15 months after it fell to the Germans.

1946

Stalin announces the new five-year plan for the Soviet Union, calling for production boosts of 50 percent.

1951

Actress Greta Garbo gets U.S. citizenship.

1953

The French destroy six Viet Minh war factories hidden in the jungles of Vietnam.

1964

The U.S. embassy in Moscow is stoned by Chinese and Vietnamese students.

1978

Canada expels 11 Soviets in spying case.

1994

Nelson Mandela becomes the first black president of South Africa.