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February 9-10: The Beginning of the Second Red Scare, Puss Gets the Boot Premiers, and Other Events of the Dates
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February 9-10: The Beginning of the Second Red Scare, Puss Gets the Boot Premiers, and Other Events of the Dates


A number of interesting events have taken place on February 9 and 10 in U.S. history. Here is our take on the most interesting and valuable of them.

February 9, 1950 – Cold War: the Beginning of the Second Red Scare

As American society is going through another “Red Scare” nowadays, as the Deep State and Washington-controlled mainstream media continues to blame Russians for all the sins inflaming their “witch hunt”, it would be useful to remember what everything started with back in 1950, when Senator Joseph McCarthy emerged on the scene.

McCarthy's involvement in these issues began publicly with a speech he made on Lincoln Day, February 9, 1950, to the Republican Women's Club of Wheeling, West Virginia. He brandished a piece of paper, which he claimed contained a list of known Communists working for the State Department. McCarthy is usually quoted as saying: 

I have here in my hand a list of 205—a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department.

This speech resulted in a flood of press attention for McCarthy and helped establish his path to becoming one of the most recognized politicians in the United States. 

February 10, 1862 – American Civil War: the Battle of Elizabeth City

The Battle of Elizabeth City of the American Civil War was fought in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Roanoke Island. It took place on February 10, 1862, on the Pasquotank River near Elizabeth City, North Carolina. 

Vessels of the U.S. Navy's North Atlantic Blockading Squadron were opposed by vessels of the Confederate Navy's Mosquito Fleet; the latter were supported by a shore-based battery of four guns at Cobb's Point (now called Cobb Point), near the southeastern border of the town. The battle was a part of the campaign in North Carolina that was led by Major General Ambrose E. Burnside and known as the Burnside Expedition. 

The result was a Union victory, with Elizabeth City and its nearby waters in their possession, and the Confederate fleet captured, sunk, or dispersed. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal was blocked near its entrance at the North River. The retreating Rebels started the obstruction. It was completed by the victorious Federal forces, acting under the orders of Flag Officer Goldsborough.

The town of Edenton was taken without bloodshed on February 12 by four of Commander Cowan's gunboats. Two schooners were captured and another destroyed, and eight cannons were seized. More generally, there was no longer a Confederate presence on Albemarle Sound. 

It remained so for most of the rest of the war; the only significant challenge to Union dominance was the short-lived experiment of the CSS Albemarle in the summer of 1864.

February 10, 1940 - Puss Gets the Boot premiers

We all love Tom and Jerry, don’t we? So, let’s recall how everything started. 

Puss Gets the Boot is a 1940 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the first short in the Tom and Jerry cartoon series, though the duo are not identified as such in this short. It was directed by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera and Rudolf Ising, and produced by Rudolf Ising and Fred Quimby. As was the practice of MGM shorts at the time, only Rudolf Ising is credited. It was released to theaters on February 10, 1940 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

In this short cartoon, a tomcat named Jasper takes great pleasure in tormenting a mouse (unnamed on-screen but given the name Jinx in pre-production), who is trying to run away from Jasper while he keeps grabbing Jinx's tail to keep him from running anywhere. 

Eventually, Jinx breaks free but winds up in Jasper's mouth, narrowly escaping. Jasper then draws a mouse hole on the wall to trick Jinx into entering it. Jinx bangs against the wall so hard that it knocks him silly. Jasper revives him using water from the fish tank and picks him up. Having slowly realized the situation, Jinx punches Jasper in the eye, causing him to yelp in pain. The angered cat chases Jinx and accidentally bumps into a Greek pillar, where it breaks upon falling onto him along with the flowerpot that was standing on it.

These are the most notable events in U.S. history that occurred on February 9 and 10, at least in our view.

Author: USA Really