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Today In History - February 10

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Today in History in 1940 “In The Mood” by Glenn Miller hit #1; also in 1940 cartoon pair Tom & Jerry by Hanna Barbera debuted for MGM; and in 1993 Michael Jackson talked to Oprah Winfrey airing on ABC and watched by 90 million people.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 60 - St Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta
  • 1720 - Edmund Halley appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England
  • 1763 - Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to Britain
  • 1824 - Simon Bolivar named dictator by the Congress of Peru
  • 1879 - Henry Morton Stanley departs for the Congo
  • 1906 - British battleship HMS Dreadnought launched after only 100 days, renders all other capital ships obsolete with revolutionary design
  • 1940 - "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hits #1
  • 1940 - Tom & Jerry created by Hanna & Barbera debut by MGM
  • 1946 - Charles "Lucky" Luciano is deported to Italy, and never returns to the United States
  • 1993 - "Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Winfrey" airs on ABC & drew an astounding 39.3 rating/56 share, 90 million people
  • 1996 - IBM computer Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning (human) chess champion, Gary Kasparov
  • 2005 - His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales announces engagement to Camilla Parker Bowles

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1890 - Boris Pasternak, Moscow, Russian novelist/poet (Dr Zhivago, Nobel 1958)
  • 1892 - Alan Hale, [Rufus A Mackahan], Wash DC, actor (Little John-Robin Hood)
  • 1902 - Walter Houser Brattain, Amoy, China, American physicist (Nobel 1956-transistor)
  • 1927 - Leontyne Mary Violet Price, Laurel Miss, opera soprano (Porgy & Bess)
  • 1937 - Don Wilson, rock guitarist (Ventures-Walk Don't Run, Batman Theme)
  • 1955 - Greg Norman, Queensland, Australia, PGA golfer (1984 Kemper)
  • 1967 - Laura Dern, American actress (Jurassic Park, Mask, Smooth Talk), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1974 - Elizabeth Banks, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, American actress (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Man on a Ledge)

Famous Weddings

  • 1840 - British Queen Victoria (20) marries her cousin Albert (20) of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, later the Prince Consort at St James' Palace
  • 13th US President Millard Fillmore13th US President Millard Fillmore (1858) 1858 - US president Millard Fillmore (58) weds Caroline Carmichael (43) in Albany, New York
  • 1863 - PT Barnum stages wedding of Tom Thumb & Mercy Lavinia Warren, both midgets, in NYC
  • 1899 - Future US President Herbert Hoover (24) marries college sweetheart Lou Henry (24) in Monterey California
  • 1920 - Jozef Haller de Hallenburg performs symbolic wedding of Poland to the sea, celebrating restitution of Polish access to open sea.
  • 1934 - British born actor "North by Northwest" Cary Grant (30) weds "City Lights" actress Virginia Cherrill (26)
  • 1946 - 1st black pro-baseball player Jackie Robinson marries Rachel Isum
  • 1951 - Shah of Persia marries 19 year old Soraja Esfandiara Bakhtiari
  • 1966 - Reggae Musician Bob Marley (21) marries fellow musician Rita Anderson (19)
  • 1974 - NBA player Julius Erving (23) weds model Turquoise Brown at Waldorf
  • 2001 - Singer-comedian Weird Al Yankovic (41) weds Suzanne Krajewski
  • 2006 - "Creed" former lead singer Scott Stapp (32) weds Miss New York USA 2004 winner Jaclyn Nesheiwat (25) in Miami

Famous Divorces

  • 2011 - Former Playboy model Camille Donatacci (42) divorces "Frazier" actor-comedian Kelsey Grammer (56) due to irreconcilable differences after 14 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1567 - Lord Darnley Stuart, husband of English queen Mary, murdered
  • 1918 - Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Italian pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 84
  • 1957 - Laura Ingalls Wilder, US author (Little House on Praries), dies at 90
  • 1992 - Alex Haley, US writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), dies at 70
  • 2000 - Jim Varney, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2005 - Arthur Miller, American playwright, dies at 89
  • 2014 - Shirley Temple, American actress and diplomat, famous as a child star in the 1930s (Bright Eyes, Heidi), dies of natural causes at 85

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