2015: The NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-91, snapping the longest losing streak in the history of major professional sports in the United States at 28 games. It’s the team’s first win since March 25, 2015. With the victory the 76ers remain tied for the worst start in NBA history, an ignoble record shared with the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets, who also opened 0-18.
2008: President George W. Bush tells Charlie Gibson of ABC News: “I’m sure some people voted for Barack Obama because of me. I think most people voted for Obama because they decided they wanted him to be in their living room for the next four years explaining policy.”
1997: Golden State Warriors’ player Latrell Sprewell attempts to choke his head coach, P.J. Carlesimo, during a practice. Sprewell is later suspended by the NBA for one year.
1824: The U.S. Congress decides to turn over the presidential election to the House of Representatives, as none of the four candidates received a majority of electoral votes in the previous month’s election. Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, William H. Crawford and Henry Clay received 99, 84, 41, and 37 electoral votes, respectively. On February 9, 1825, the House finally selects Adams to be president—in part due to Clay’s support—despite the fact that he received thirty percent fewer popular votes than Jackson.