February 9

Birthdays for February 9 include:

Gypsy Rose Lee in 1911. Gypsy Rose Lee was an American burlesque entertainer famous for her striptease act. She was also an actress, author, and playwright whose 1957 memoir was made into the stage musical and film Gypsy.

Roger Mudd in 1928. Roger Mudd worked as a news broadcaster and anchor for CBS and NBC. He won a Peabody as well as five Emmys. The Mudd family is indirectly related to the infamous Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned for assisting John Wilkes Booth.

Carole King in 1942. Carole has written and performed many songs that became hits beginning in the 1960s. Her album, Tapestry, is one of the best selling albums of all time with over 25 million sold. She is the winner of four Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Alice Walker in 1944. Alice Walker is an American author and activist. Her most famous work is The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the National Book Award. She won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1983. In 1967, she married Melyvn Leventhal and became the first legally married interracial couple in Mississippi.

Mia Farrow in 1945. Mia is an American actor and former fashion model. She first became famous in Peyton Place and then went into acting in films. She had a relationship with Woody Allen from 1980 – 1992 and appeared in 12 of his 13 films during that time. She had been married to Frank Sinatra and Andre Previn. Some of her well-known films include The Purple Rose of Cairo and Hannah and Her Sisters. Watch a biography of Mia Farrow.

The workhorse of the aviation world for many years, the Boeing 727 had its first flight in 1963. The plane was intended for short to medium flights and could hold 149 – 189 passengers. The last one was built in 1984.

The Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. The group had landed in NYC on February 7 and they performed live on the Ed Sullivan Show at 8 P.M. Sunday night. There were 50,000 ticket requests for the 700-seat theater where the show was performed. 60% of America’s televisions were tuned into the show that night.

Satchel Paige was the first African American to be elected ito Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1971. He had played in the negro Leagues from 1926 until 1947 and then played for the Cleveland Indians in 1948. Paige was 42 when he played in his first major league game.

Halley’s Comet made its last appearance in 1986. It is visible from Earth every 75–76 years and is the only naked-eye comet that can appear twice in the lifespan of a person. The comet was first noted in 240 B.C. The comet was quite spectacular in 1910 and scared a lot of people. From what I can remember, no one that I knew saw it in 1986! I know I did not.

Larry Moskal began his career as a Social Studies teacher in 1971. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in history and education. Larry taught Social Studies for the Ken-Ton School system, a suburban school system north of Buffalo, New York until 2005, and then taught and was the Dean of Students at San Miguel High School in Tucson. At Ken-Ton, he pioneered several online courses for high school students. In the 1980s, he spent three years teaching in Colombia, South America and spent four years at Lewiston-Porter High School. He currently is the PowerSchool Administrator for San Miguel accomplishing his work over the Internet.