Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What Happened This Day In History - February 10

February 10
1258Huegu, a Mongol leader, seizes Baghdad, bringing and end to the Abbasid caliphate.
1620Supporters of Marie de Medici, the queen mother, who has been exiled to Blois, are defeated by the king’s troops at Ponts de Ce, France.
1763The Treaty of Paris ends the French-Indian War. France gives up all her territories in the New World except New Orleans and a few scattered islands.
1799Napoleon Bonaparte leaves Cairo, Egypt, for Syria, at the head of 13,000 men.
1814Napoleon personally directs lightning strikes against enemy columns advancing toward Paris, beginning with a victory over the Russians at Champaubert.
1840Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert.
1846Led by religious leader Brigham Young, the first Mormons begin a longwestward exodus from Nauvoo, Il., to Utah.
1863P.T. Barnum’s star midgets, Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren, are married.
1904Russia and Japan declare war on each other.
1915President Wilson blasts the British for using the U.S. flag on merchant ships to deceive the Germans.
1939Japanese occupy island of Hainan in French Indochina.
1941London severs diplomatic relations with Romania.
1941Iceland is attacked by German planes.
1942The war halts civilian car production at Ford.
1945B-29s hit the Tokyo area.
1955Bell Aircraft displays a fixed-wing vertical takeoff plane.
1960Adolph Coors, the beer brewer, is kidnapped in Golden, Colo.
1966Protester David Miller is convicted of burning his draft card.
1979The Metropolitan Museum announces the first major theft in 110-year history, $150,000 Greek marble head.
1986The largest Mafia trial in history, with 474 defendants, opens in Palermo, Italy.

Born on February 10
1890Boris Pasternak, Russian novelist and poet (Dr. Zhivago).
1893Jimmy Durante, American comedian and film actor.
1894Harold MacMillan, British prime minister (1957-1963).
1897John F. Enders, virologist.
1898Bertolt Brecht, German poet and dramatist (The Threepenny Opera).
1901Stella Adler, actress and teacher.
1902Walter Brattain, physicist, one of the inventors of the transistor.
1910Dominique Georges Pire, Belgian cleric and educator.
1914Larry Adler, harmonica virtuoso.
1920Alex Comfort, English physician and author (Joy of Sex).
1927(Mary Violet) Leontyne Price, opera singer.

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