This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened today on 9 February!
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 9 February”.
1881 – Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s death anniversary
Famous Russian novelist, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, passed away on this day. He is known for his works like Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and Demons. He even served as one of the prime sources of inspiration to later prominent writers like William Faulkner.
1943 – Joe Pesci’s birthday
Pesci is an Italian- American actor who has starred in several notable films like Home Alone, Casino, Once upon a time in America and the Irishman. He was born today.
2002 – UK Princess Margaret passed away
Princess Margaret was Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister and the first royal to divorce her spouse after King Henry VIII in 1540. At the age of 71, she passed away in her sleep after cardiac complications related to her last stroke.
2011 – Islamic University bombed
Afghan insurgents are believed to have bombed an Islamic University in eastern Afghanistan as it was opened by a white convert. The militants conveyed their rationale through a night letter where they said that the institution was trying to sideline Jihad by emphasizing on peaceful propagation of God.
2016 – JNU’s Sedition Row
Jawaharlal Nehru University, a public university in New Delhi, saw a highly controversial protest take place with different student unions. While a large part of the protest was against the capital punishment of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat, who supported separatists movements of Kashmir from India, some believe another student group, ABVP, triggered the protestors to garner anti-Indian slogans.