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February 9 plays host to many important moments in our history

History shows, there's been a lot of important events go down on February 9.

Madonna and W G Morgan.

Madonna and W G Morgan

Here's a sample:

  • The first recorded horse racing meet takes place all they way back in 1540, in England.
  • The ninth president of the US, William Henry Harrison (who died just 31 days into his term in 1841), is born in Virginia in 1773.
  • In 1895, volleyball was invented by W.G Morgan in Massachusetts.
  • Snow falls on Mauna Loa, Hawaii, in 1922.
  • American novelist Alice Walker (The Color Purple, Meridian), born in Georgia in 1944.
  • Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas, saxophonist for Kool & The Gang, born in 1951.
  • Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath born in 1971.
  • Also in 1971, an earthquake in San Fernando Valley kills 64 and causes over $500m damage.
  • Madonna's controversial 1985 album, Like a Virgin, makes No.1 on the charts and stays there for three weeks.

    Halley's Comet reaches the 30th perihelion (the closest approach to Sun) in 1986.

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