February 10, 2024 at 3:24 p.m.
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Today In History – February 10

February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar
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There are many events that happened on this date in history. Here are just a few of them!

February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 324 days remain until the end of the year (325 in leap years).

EVENTS

1502 – Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India.

1567 – Lord Darnley, second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, is found strangled following an explosion at the Kirk o' Field house in Edinburgh, Scotland, a suspected assassination.

1840 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

1861 – Jefferson Davis is notified by telegraph that he has been chosen as provisional President of the Confederate States of America.

1862 – American Civil War: A Union naval flotilla destroys the bulk of the Confederate Mosquito Fleet in the Battle of Elizabeth City on the Pasquotank River in North Carolina.

1933 – In round 13 of a boxing match at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Primo Carnera knocks out Ernie Schaaf. Schaaf dies four days later.

1954 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower warns against United States intervention in Vietnam.

1962 – Cold War: Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.

1967 – The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.

1989 – Ron Brown is elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first African American to lead a major American political party.

1996 – IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in chess for the first time.

BIRTHS

1685 – Aaron Hill, English poet and playwright (d. 1750)

1696 – Johann Melchior Molter, German violinist and composer (d. 1765)

1744 – William Cornwallis, English admiral and politician (d. 1819)

1775 – Charles Lamb, English poet and essayist (d. 1834)

1868 – William Allen White, American journalist and author (d. 1944)

1890 – Boris Pasternak, Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1960)

1892 – Alan Hale Sr., American actor and director (d. 1950)

1893 – Jimmy Durante, American actor, singer, and pianist (d. 1980)

1893 – Bill Tilden, American tennis player and coach (d. 1953)

1906 – Lon Chaney Jr., American actor (d. 1973)

1930 – Robert Wagner, American actor and producer

1937 – Roberta Flack, American singer-songwriter and pianist

1949 – Nigel Olsson, English rock drummer and singer-songwriter

1950 – Mark Spitz, American swimmer

1955 – Greg Norman, Australian golfer and sportscaster

1961 – George Stephanopoulos, American television journalist

1967 – Laura Dern, American actress, director, and producer

1974 – Elizabeth Banks, American actress

DEATHS

1567 – Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, consort of Mary, Queen of Scots (b. 1545)

1829 – Pope Leo XII (b. 1760)

1904 – John A. Roche, American lawyer and politician, 30th Mayor of Chicago (b. 1844)

1939 – Pope Pius XI (b. 1857)

1957 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (b. 1867)

1960 – Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal (b. 1898)

1966 – Billy Rose, American composer and songwriter (b. 1899)

1992 – Alex Haley, American soldier, journalist, and author (b. 1921)

1993 – Fred Hollows, New Zealand-Australian ophthalmologist and academic (b. 1929)

2005 – Arthur Miller, American actor, playwright, and author (b. 1915)

2008 – Roy Scheider, American actor and boxer (b. 1932)

2014 – Shirley Temple, American actress and diplomat (b. 1928)

2019 – Jan-Michael Vincent, American actor (b. 1944)



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