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9th February

1773 * William Harrison, ninth US president in 1840.

1849 Rome was declared a republic by Giuseppe Mazzini.

1861 Jefferson Davis was chosen as the president of the Confederate States of America.

1872 Lieutenant Dawson's expedition in search of Dr Livingstone began.

1923 The Russian state airline, Aeroflot was formed.

1943 The battle of Guadalcanal ended with an American victory.

1945 * Mia Farrow, US film actress who starred in Rosemary's Baby (1968).

1949 * Bernard Gallagher, Scottish golfer.

1950 "Red's under the Bed" Senator Joseph McCarthy claimed he had evidence there were card-carrying members of the Communist Party in the State Department.

1956 The government announced that a Protype Fast Reactor will be built at the Dounreay power station in a remote part of Scotland.

1958 * Sandy Lyle, Scottish golfer and first British winner of the US Masters (1988).

1979 England forward Trevor Francis signed for Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest in Britain's first 1m transfer deal.

1981 General Wojciech Juruzelski became Poland's Prime Minister.

1983 A nationwide hunt for 1981 Derby winner and prize stallion Shergar began in Ireland.

1991 Lithuanians voted overwhelmingly for independence from the Soviet Union.

2001 A U.S. nuclear sub struck the Ehime Maru, a Japanese fishing boat.

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