DYR Today, February 9


  • Rose Leslie (30)
  • David Gallagher (32)
  • Zhang Ziyi (38)
  • A.J. Buckley (39)
  • Charlie Day (41)
  • Amber Valletta (43)
  • Collin Eggleslfield (44)
  • Sharon Case (46)
  • Travis Tritt (54)
  • Holly Johnson (57)
  • Jim J. Bullock (62)
  • Ciaran Hinds (64)
  • Judith Light (68)
  • Mia Farrow (72)
  • Alice Walker (73)
  • Joe Pesci (74)
  • Carole King (75)
  • Major Harris (RIP)
  • James Owen Sullivan (RIP)
  • Bill Justice (RIP)
  • Carmen Miranda (RIP)
  • William Henry Harrison (RIP)


  • Percy Faith (Born: April 7, 1908 / Died: February 9, 1976)
  • Bill Haley (Born: July 6, 1925 / Died: February 9, 1981)
  • Jack Owens (Born: November 17, 1904 / Died: February 9, 1997)



  • 1957 – A new star first appeared on the radio.  On this date, Johnny Mathis had his first hit “Wonderful!  Wonderful!” debut on the chart.
  • 1959 – Frankie Avalon had to bow out of the ill-fated Winter Dance Party (that had already claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper) due to pneumonia, replaced by Paul Anka and Fabian.
  • 1959 – “Stagger Lee” by Lloyd Price moved to #1 on the R&B chart.
  • 1963 – Bobby Vee’s excellent “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” remained third.
  • 1970 – Sly & the Family Stone received a Gold Record for the single ‘Thank You’.
  • 1974 – “Waterloo” by Abba was chosen to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest.
  • 1974 – Anne Murray reached #1 on the Adult chart with “Love Song”.
  • 1974 – Eddie Kendricks had himself a #1 R&B song with “Boogie Down”.
  • 1974 – The beautiful “Love’s Theme” by Love Unlimited Orchestra was the new #1 song.
  •  1980 – A great new group from Australia was introduced to us on this date as Air Supply first appeared on the chart and on the radio with their debut single–“Lost In Love”.
  • 1980 – Dan Fogelberg scored a #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with one of The Top Love Songs of the Rock Era*–“Longer
  • 1983 – Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” was released.
  • 1985 – Howard Jones released the single “Things Can Only Get Better”.
  • 1985 – All signs pointed to a huge hit for Wham!  with “Careless Whisper” and it jumped to the top of the Adult Contemporary chart.
  • 1985 – Madonna rose to #1 on the Album chart with Like a Virgin.
  • 1985 – Foreigner’s great song “I Want To Know What Love Is” was #1 for a second week

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  • 1993 – Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones, released his solo album Wandering Spirit.


  • 1955 – The Disneyland television series airs A Progress Report, featuring a report on the Anaheim theme park’s construction and the True Life Adventure Nature’s Half Acre.
  • 1964 – The Beatles made the first of three record-breaking appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” 73 million people watched the show. It was their American TV debut.
  • 1964 – Davy Jones made his U.S. television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” with other cast members of Oliver!
  • 1969 – Roslyn Kind made her TV debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show”. Roslyn Kind is the sister of Barbra Streisand.
  • 1972 –  Bobby Darin starred on an episode of Night Gallery on NBC-TV.
  • 1975 –  Cher debuted her television variety series with guests Elton John and Bette Midler.


  • 1942 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominates Disney’s Dumbo  for Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture and Best Music, Original Song (for “Baby Mine”).
  • 1960 –  The first star was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star was for Joanne Woodward.
  • 1965 – Vice President Hubert Humphrey escorts Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the White House in Washington on Feb. 9, 1965 for a meeting with President Johnson to discuss civil rights problems.
  • 1966 – Liza Minnelli brought her night club act to New York City. She opened at the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel.
  • 1971 – The Apollo 14 spacecraft returned to Earth after mankind’s third landing on the moon.
  • 1971 – Satchel Paige was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on this day.
  • 1982.  The film looks at the world through the eyes of a child.
  • 1996 – The Disney Institute opens at Walt Disney World, Florida.
  • 1997 – “The Simpsons” became the longest-running prime-time animated series. “The Flintstones” held the record previously.
  • 1998 – Oprah Winfrey announced that Garth Brooks had agreed to donate his earnings from sales from his album “Sevens” for a seven-day period. The money went to “Oprah’s Angel Network.”
  • 1999 – Disney’s Mulan and the Disney/Pixar A Bug’s Life both receives Academy Award nominations for Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Musical or Comedy Score). The 71st Academy Awards ceremony took place on March 21.



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