Today in History - Feb. 9: Today in History - Feb. 9

The Canadian Press, January 27, 2012 | Go to article overview

Today in History - Feb. 9: Today in History - Feb. 9


Today is Feb. 9:

In 249, legends say the woman who later became St. Appolonia, the patron saint of dentistry, was tortured and killed for being a Christian. Her tormentors broke her teeth with iron points and extracted the roots with tongs.

In 1404, Constantine Palaeologus, the last emperor of the Byzantine Empire, was born. He died defending Constantinople against the armies of the Muslim Ottoman Turks in 1453.

In 1855, people in snow-covered Cornwall, England discovered a strange trail of single-track cloven hooves that ran for 160 kilometres over roofs, through walls and under bushes.

In 1870, Louis Riel established a provisional government at Red River, Man.

In 1879, the North Shore Railway was completed, connecting Montreal and Quebec.

In 1881, novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, a devout Russian Orthodox Christian and author of "Crime and Punishment" and "The Brothers Karamazov," died.

In 1883, Ontario's first free public library opened in Guelph.

In 1893, what has been described as the world's first striptease took place at the Moulin Rouge. An artist's model named Mona gradually disrobed as part of an impromptu beauty competition with another woman. Her subsequent arrest and 100-franc fine sparked a riot in the French capital.

In 1909, in Brandenburg, Germany, a military band played "God Save The King" 17 times while waiting for King Edward VII to emerge from a train. The portly King had difficulty fitting into a German field marshal's uniform.

In 1931, the Earl of Bessborough was appointed Governor-General of Canada.

In 1941, British prime minister Winston Churchill appealed for American aid in one of his most dramatic speeches during World War II. The speech contained the now-famous phrase, "Give us the tools and we will finish the job." Churchill also promised, "We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire . . ."

In 1943, the World War II battle of Guadalcanal in the southwest Pacific ended with an Allied victory over Japanese forces.

In 1966, the NHL announced it would double to 12 teams for the 1967-68 season. The six new teams were the California Seals, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues.

In 1970, the first traffic lights in the Northwest Territories were switched on in Yellowknife, replacing four-way stop signs at the city's main intersection.

In 1978, Ottawa declared 11 Soviet officials persona non grata for allegedly trying to infiltrate the RCMP Security Service.

In 1984, Soviet leader Yuri Andropov died at 69, less than 15 months after he succeeded Leonid Brezhnev. Konstantin Chernenko replaced Andropov, but died only 13 months later and was succeeded by Mikhail Gorbachev.

In 1993, the Dutch parliament voted to allow mercy killing under strict guidelines.

In 1997, "The Simpsons" became the longest-running prime-time animated series, beating the record previously held by "The Flintstones. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Today in History - Feb. 9: Today in History - Feb. 9
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.