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What happened on February 10? There are more than 260 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About February 10

February 10 is the 41st day of the year 2016. There are 325 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday. This day falls under the 6th week of the year 2016.

On this day in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105 sunrise will occur at 01:06 PM and sunset will occur at 11:36 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Aquarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Amethyst while the mystical birthstone is Bloodstone.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 353 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (January 28, 2017).

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Historical Events For February 10

  • 1258
    Baghdad falls to the Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed.
  • 1306
    In front of the high altar of Greyfriars Church in Dumfries, Robert the Bruce murders John Comyn, his leading political rival, sparking revolution in the Scottish Wars of Independence
  • 1355
    The St. Scholastica’s Day riot breaks out in Oxford, England, leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days.
  • 1567
    An explosion destroys the Kirk o' Field house in Edinburgh, Scotland. The second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, Lord Darnley is found strangled, in what many believe to be an assassination.
  • 1763
    French and Indian War: The 1763 Treaty of Paris ends the war and France cedes Quebec to Great Britain.
  • 1798
    Louis Alexandre Berthier invades Rome, proclaims a Roman Republic on February 15 and then on February 20 takes Pope Pius VI prisoner.
  • 1814
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Champaubert
  • 1840
    Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
  • 1846
    First Anglo-Sikh War: Battle of Sobraon – British defeat Sikhs in final battle of the war
  • 1863
    The fire extinguisher is patented.
  • 1870
    The YWCA is founded in New York City.
  • 1906
    HMS Dreadnought is launched.
  • 1910
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Metal Dog in Chinese astrology.
  • 1920
    Jozef Haller de Hallenburg performs symbolic wedding of Poland to the sea, celebrating restitution of Polish access to open sea.
  • 1923
    Texas Tech University is founded as Texas Technological College in Lubbock, Texas.
  • 1933
    In round 13 of a boxing match at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Primo Carnera knocks out Ernie Schaaf, killing him.
  • 1933
    The New York City-based Postal Telegraph Company introduces the first singing telegram.
  • 1936
    Second Italo-Abyssinian War: Italian troops launched the Battle of Amba Aradam against Ethiopian defenders.
  • 1942
    Japanese submarine bombards Midway Atoll.
  • 1943
    World War II: Attempting to completely lift the Siege of Leningrad, the Soviet Red Army engages German troops and Spanish volunteers in the Battle of Krasny Bor.
  • 1947
    Italy cedes most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia.
  • 1954
    President Dwight Eisenhower warns against United States intervention in Vietnam.
  • 1962
    Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
  • 1964
    Melbourne-Voyager collision: The aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne collides with the destroyer HMAS Voyager off the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.
  • 1967
    The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.
  • 1981
    A fire at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino kills eight and injures 198.
  • 1989
    Ron Brown is elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee becoming the first African American to lead a major American political party.
  • 1996
    The IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov for the first time.
  • 1998
    Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon such a law.
  • 2003
    France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.
  • 2005
    North Korea announces that it possesses nuclear weapons.
  • 2009
    The communication satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos-2251 collide in orbit, destroying both.

Who Were Born On February 10?

  • 1499
    Thomas Platter, Swiss humanist (d. 1582)
  • 1524
    Albrecht Giese, German politician and diplomat (d. 1580)
  • 1606
    Christine Marie of France, regent of Savoy (d. 1663)
  • 1609
    John Suckling, English poet (d. 1642)
  • 1685
    Aaron Hill, English writer (d. 1750)
  • 1744
    William Cornwallis, Royal Navy admiral (d.1819)
  • 1775
    Charles Lamb, English essayist (d. 1834)
  • 1783
    Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (d. 1873)
  • 1785
    Claude-Louis Navier, French physicist (d. 1836)
  • 1795
    Ary Scheffer, French painter (d. 1858)
  • 1824
    Samuel Plimsoll, British politician and social reformer
  • 1846
    Charles Beresford, British admiral and politician (d. 1919)
  • 1846
    Ira Remsen, American chemist (d. 1927)
  • 1847
    Nabinchandra Sen, famous Bengali poet (d. 1909)
  • 1859
    Alexandre Millerand, French politician (d. 1943)
  • 1868
    Prince Waldemar of Prussia, son of Emperor Frederick III (d. 1879)
  • 1884
    Frederick Hawksworth, British railroad mechanical engineer (d. 1976)
  • 1890
    Boris Pasternak, Russian writer, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1960)
  • 1890
    Fanny Kaplan, Russian political revolutionary and attempted assassin of Vladimir Lenin (d. 1918)
  • 1892
    Alan Hale Sr., American actor (d. 1950)
  • 1893
    Bill Tilden, American tennis player (d. 1953)
  • 1893
    Jimmy Durante, American actor and comedian (d. 1980)
  • 1894
    Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1957-1963 (d. 1986)
  • 1897
    Dame Judith Anderson, Australian actress (d. 1992)
  • 1897
    John Franklin Enders, American scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1985)
  • 1898
    Bertolt Brecht, German author (d. 1956)
  • 1898
    Joseph Kessel, French journalist and novelist (d. 1979)
  • 1901
    Stella Adler, American actress (d. 1992)
  • 1902
    Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (d. 1987)
  • 1903
    Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (d. 1939)
  • 1903
    Waldemar Hoven, German physician (d. 1948)
  • 1904
    John Farrow, American film director (d. 1963)
  • 1905
    Walter A. Brown, American professional sports team owner and executive (d. 1964)
  • 1905
    William Henry “Chick” Webb, American drummer and swing band leader (d. 1939)
  • 1906
    Erik Rhodes, American actor (d. 1990)
  • 1906
    Lon Chaney Jr., American actor (d. 1973)
  • 1910
    Dominique Pire, Belgian friar, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (d. 1969)
  • 1913
    Douglas Slocombe, British cinematographer
  • 1914
    Larry Adler, American harmonica player (d. 2001)
  • 1920
    Alex Comfort, British physician and writer (d. 2000)
  • 1920
    José Manuel Castañón, Spanish writer (d. 2001)
  • 1920
    Neva Patterson, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1924
    Bud Poile, Canadian hockey player and executive (d. 2005)
  • 1926
    Danny Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1993)
  • 1927
    Brian Priestman, British conductor
  • 1927
    Leontyne Price, American soprano
  • 1929
    Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (d. 2004)
  • 1929
    Jim Whittaker, American mountaineer
  • 1929
    Lou Whittaker, American mountaineer
  • 1930
    E. L. Konigsburg, American author and illustrator of children’s and young adult fiction
  • 1930
    Robert Wagner, American actor
  • 1931
    Doug Young, American voice actor
  • 1933
    Richard Schickel, American film critic
  • 1934
    Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet
  • 1935
    John Alcorn, American designer and illustrator (d. 1992)
  • 1935
    Theodore Antoniou, Greek composer
  • 1937
    Roberta Flack, American singer
  • 1939
    Adrienne Clarkson, Canadian politician
  • 1939
    Peter Purves, British actor and television presenter
  • 1940
    Mary Rand, British athlete, former world record holder in the long jump
  • 1941
    Michael Apted, British director
  • 1943
    Bill Laskey, American football player
  • 1944
    Frances Moore Lappe, American writer and activist
  • 1944
    Frank Keating, American politician and 25th Governor of Oklahoma
  • 1944
    Peter Allen, Australian singer and actor (d. 1992)
  • 1944
    Rufus Reid, American jazz bassist
  • 1944
    Vernor Vinge, American novelist
  • 1946
    Eliot Wald, American comedy writer
  • 1947
    Butch Morris, American jazz cornetist and composer
  • 1947
    Louise Arbour, Canadian jurist
  • 1947
    Nicholas Owen, English journalist
  • 1948
    Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (d. 1994)
  • 1949
    Harold Sylvester, American actor
  • 1949
    Jim Corcoran, Canadian singer and songwriter
  • 1949
    Maxime Le Forestier, French singer
  • 1949
    Nigel Olsson, English drummer
  • 1950
    Mark Spitz, American swimmer
  • 1951
    Robert Iger, American entertainment executive
  • 1952
    Lee Hsien Loong, Singaporean politician
  • 1954
    Larry McWilliams, American baseball player
  • 1955
    Christopher Adams, British wrestler and judoka (d. 2001)
  • 1955
    Greg Norman, Australian golfer
  • 1955
    Jim Cramer, American television personality
  • 1956
    Enele Sopoaga, Tuvaluan politician and diplomat
  • 1958
    Michael Weiss, American jazz pianist
  • 1959
    Dennis Gentry, American football player
  • 1959
    John Calipari, American basketball coach
  • 1959
    Lisa McPherson, American Scientologist (d. 1995)
  • 1960
    Robert Addie, British actor (d. 2003)
  • 1961
    Alexander Payne, American film director
  • 1961
    George Stephanopoulos, American political commentator
  • 1962
    Bobby Czyz, American boxer
  • 1962
    Cliff Burton, American bass player (Metallica) (d. 1986)
  • 1962
    Piero Pelù, Italian singer and songwriter (Litfiba)
  • 1963
    Lenny Dykstra, American baseball player
  • 1963
    Philip Glenister, English actor
  • 1964
    Arthur Lenk, Israeli diplomat
  • 1964
    Francesca Neri, Italian actress
  • 1964
    Glenn Beck, American author, radio and television host
  • 1964
    Victor Davis, Canadian swimmer (d. 1989)
  • 1965
    Mario Jean, Quebec comedian and television actor
  • 1966
    Daryl Johnston, American football player
  • 1966
    Ioannis Kalitzakis, Greek footballer
  • 1967
    Armand Serrano, Filipino animator
  • 1967
    Ivan Francescato, Italian rugby player (d. 1999)
  • 1967
    Jacky Durand, French cyclist
  • 1967
    Laura Dern, American actress
  • 1968
    Atika Suri, Indonesian television newscaster
  • 1968
    Garrett Reisman, American astronaut
  • 1968
    Peter Popovic, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1969
    Joe Mangrum, American artist
  • 1969
    Laurie Dhue, American television personality
  • 1970
    Åsne Seierstad, Norwegian journalist
  • 1970
    Alberto Castillo, Dominican baseball player
  • 1970
    Melissa Doyle, Australian TV personality
  • 1970
    Nobushige Kumakubo, Japanese racing driver
  • 1970
    Noureddine Naybet, Moroccan footballer
  • 1971
    Lisa Marie Varon, American wrestler
  • 1971
    Louie Spicolli, American wrestler (d. 1998)
  • 1974
    Elizabeth Banks, American actress
  • 1974
    Ivri Lider, Israeli singer
  • 1974
    Tanoai Reed, American stunt performer
  • 1974
    Ty Law, American football player
  • 1975
    Hiroki Kuroda, Japanese baseball player
  • 1975
    Kool Savas, German rapper
  • 1976
    Keeley Hawes, English actress
  • 1976
    Lance Berkman, American baseball player
  • 1976
    Vedran Runje, Croatian footballer
  • 1977
    Salif Diao, Senegalese footballer
  • 1978
    Don Omar, Puerto Rican singer
  • 1978
    Lorna Bailey, English ceramic designer
  • 1979
    Daryl Palumbo, American musician
  • 1979
    Joey Hand, American race car driver
  • 1979
    Jumaine Jones, American basketball player
  • 1979
    Ross Powers, American snowboarder
  • 1980
    Bruno Sundov, Croatian basketball player
  • 1980
    César Izturis, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1980
    Enzo Maresca, Italian footballer
  • 1980
    Mike Ribeiro, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981
    Andrew Johnson, English footballer
  • 1981
    Holly Willoughby, British TV presenter
  • 1981
    Natasha St-Pier, Canadian singer
  • 1982
    Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1982
    Justin Gatlin, American sprinter
  • 1982
    Keith Dunne, Irish footballer
  • 1983
    Bless, Canadian rapper
  • 1983
    Daiane dos Santos, Brazilian gymnast
  • 1983
    James Ryan, New Zealand rugby player
  • 1984
    Alex Gordon, American baseball player
  • 1984
    Kim Hyo-jin, South Korean actress
  • 1986
    Jeff Adrien, American basketball player
  • 1986
    Radamel Falcao, Colombian footballer
  • 1986
    Roberto Jiménez Gago, Spanish footballer
  • 1986
    Viktor Troicki, Serbian tennis player
  • 1986
    Yui Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model
  • 1987
    Choi Siwon, South Korean singer (Super Junior)
  • 1987
    Erin Burger, South African netballer
  • 1989
    Bunmi Mojekwu, British actress
  • 1990
    Sooyoung (Choi Soo-young), South Korean singer (Girls’ Generation)
  • 1991
    Emma Roberts, American actress
  • 1994
    Makenzie Vega, American actress
  • 1995
    Haruna Kawaguchi, Japanese model and actress
  • 1997
    Chloë Moretz, American actress

Who Died On February 10?

  • 1126
    William IX, Duke of Aquitaine (b. 1071)
  • 1162
    King Baldwin III of Jerusalem (b. 1130)
  • 1242
    Emperor Shijō of Japan (b. 1231)
  • 1278
    Margaret II of Flanders (b. 1202)
  • 1576
    Guilielmus Xylander, German classical scholar (b. 1532)
  • 1645
    Dorothea Sophia, Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg (b. 1587)
  • 1686
    William Dugdale, English antiquarian (b. 1605)
  • 1722
    Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (b. 1682)
  • 1755
    Montesquieu, French writer (b. 1689)
  • 1758
    Thomas Ripley, English architect (b. 1682)
  • 1782
    Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, German theologian (b. 1702)
  • 1829
    Pope Leo XII (b. 1760)
  • 1837
    Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet and novelist (b. 1799)
  • 1857
    David Thompson, Canadian explorer (b. 1770)
  • 1865
    Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (b. 1804)
  • 1891
    Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1850)
  • 1904
    John A. Roche, American politician (b. 1844)
  • 1906
    Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman and politician (b. 1827)
  • 1912
    Joseph Lister, British surgeon (b. 1827)
  • 1917
    John William Waterhouse, Italian-born artist (b. 1849)
  • 1918
    Abdul Hamid II Ottoman Sultan (b. 1842)
  • 1918
    Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Italian pacifist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1833)
  • 1923
    Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1845)
  • 1932
    Edgar Wallace, English novelist and screenwriter (b. 1875)
  • 1939
    Pope Pius XI (b. 1857)
  • 1944
    Eugène Michel Antoniadi, Greek astronomer (b. 1870)
  • 1945
    Anacleto Diaz, Filipino jurist (b. 1878)
  • 1950
    Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (b. 1872)
  • 1952
    Henry Drysdale Dakin, British-American biochemist (b. 1880)
  • 1957
    Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (b. 1867)
  • 1960
    Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal (b. 1898)
  • 1964
    Eugen Sänger, Austrian aerospace engineer (b. 1905)
  • 1966
    Billy Rose, American composer and band leader (b. 1899)
  • 1975
    Nikos Kavvadias, Greek poet and writer (b. 1910)
  • 1979
    Edvard Kardelj, Yugoslav communist leader (b. 1910)
  • 1984
    David Von Erich, American professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • 1985
    Johnny Mokan, baseball player (b. 1895)
  • 1987
    Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Pakistani calligrapher and artist (b. 1930)
  • 1990
    Bill Sherwood, American filmmaker/composer (b. 1952)
  • 1992
    Alex Haley, American author (b. 1921)
  • 1993
    Fred Hollows, New Zealand ophthalmologist (b. 1929)
  • 1995
    Paul Monette, American author and gay rights activist (b. 1945)
  • 1997
    Matthew Eappen of Newton Massachusetts (b. 1996)
  • 2000
    Jim Varney, American actor (b. 1949)
  • 2001
    Abraham Beame, American politician (b. 1906)
  • 2001
    George Holmes “Buddy” Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • 2002
    Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer/songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2002
    Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler’s secretary (b. 1920)
  • 2003
    Al Ruffo, American politician (b. 1908)
  • 2003
    Clark MacGregor, American politician (b. 1922)
  • 2003
    Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler (b. 1959)
  • 2003
    Edgar de Evia, American photographer (b. 1910)
  • 2003
    Ron Ziegler, American press secretary to Richard Nixon (b. 1939)
  • 2004
    Guy Provost, Quebec actor (b. 1925)
  • 2005
    Arthur Miller, American playwright (b. 1915)
  • 2006
    Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (b. 1947)
  • 2006
    J Dilla, American rapper/producer (b. 1974)
  • 2007
    Jeong Da-bin, South Korean actress (b. 1980)
  • 2007
    Ned Austin, American character actor (b. 1925)
  • 2008
    Adeline Jay Geo-Karis, American politician (b. 1918)
  • 2008
    Roy Scheider, American actor (b. 1932)
  • 2008
    Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)
  • 2009
    Jeremy Lusk, American freestyle motocross racer (b. 1984)
  • 2009
    Leila Hadley, American travel writer and socialite (b. 1926)
  • 2010
    Charles Wilson, American politician (b. 1933)
  • 2010
    Fred Schaus, American basketball coach and executive (b. 1925)


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