On This Day

What Happened on February 10

Important Events

  • 60 St Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta
  • 1720 Edmond Halley appointed as the second Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory
  • 1763 Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to Britain
  • 1824 Simón Bolívar named dictator by the Congress of Peru
  • 1879 Henry Morton Stanley departs for the Congo
  • 1906 British battleship HMS Dreadnought launches after only 100 days, renders all other capital ships obsolete with its revolutionary design
  • 1952 India holds its first general election: Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru remains in power
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February 10 in Film & TV

  • 1989 To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition & not a sport, in a NJ court
  • 1993 "Michael Jackson Talks To Oprah Winfrey" airs on ABC & drew an astounding 39.3 rating/56 share, 90 million people

February 10 in Music

  • 1942 Glenn Miller awarded 1st ever gold record for selling 1 million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo"

February 10 in Sport

  • 1989 To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition & not a sport, in a NJ court

Did You Know?

"Tom & Jerry" cartoon created by William Hanna & Joseph Barbera debut by MGM

On February 10, 1940

Would You Believe?

IBM computer Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning (human) chess champion, Gary Kasparov

On February 10, 1996

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
  • 1858 US President Millard Fillmore (58) weds Caroline Carmichael (43) in Albany, New York
  • 1863 P. T. Barnum stages wedding of Tom Thumb & Mercy Lavinia Warren, both midgets, in NYC

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
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