On This Day

On This Day in History for February 10 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1963 US male Figure Skating championship won by Thomas Litz
  • 1964 Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager sinks after colliding with aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, killing 82
  • 1966 Harmel government in Belgium resigns

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1966 "Valley of the Dolls" by Jacqueline Susann is published by Bernard Geis Associates in the US - sold over 31 million copies

  • 1967 25th Amendment (US Presidential Disability & Succession) ratified
  • 1970 26.4 cm precipitation falls on Mount Washington NH (state record)
  • 1970 Dry powder avalanche moving at 120 mph smashes into youth hostel at Val d'Isere, France, killing 40 Belgian, French, & German youths
  • 1971 American Mensa Ltd incorporates in New York
  • 1971 John Guares "House of Blue Leaves" premieres in NYC
  • 1971 "Tapestry", second album by Carole King, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1972)
  • 1972 Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates
  • 1972 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1972 Two British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Cullyhanna, County Armagh; an IRA member is shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with RUC officers
  • 1973 83m wide gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • 1974 Iran / Iraqi border fight breaks out
  • 1974 Silver futures hit record $4.81½ an ounce in London

  • 1975 The Provisional Irish Republican Army agrees to a truce and ceasefire with the British government and the Northern Ireland Office; Seven "incident centres" are established in nationalist areas to monitor the ceasefire
  • 1977 Bomb explosion in Moscow metro
  • 1977 Jonathan Netanyahu Lane in the Bronx, New York, named in honor of the Bronx-born Israeli soldier who died freeing hostages in Entebbe Raid in Uganda in 1976
  • 1978 Frank C. Carlucci succeeds John F. Blake as deputy director of CIA
  • 1980 Ianford Wilsons "Talley's Folly" premieres in NYC
  • 1981 8 killed & 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton
  • 1982 28 skiers perform backflips while holding hands, Bromont, Quebec
  • 1983 Anglican synod vote 338-100 against unilateral UK nuclear disarmament
  • 1985 Andrea Schöne skates ladies world record 5 km (7:32.82)
  • 1985 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-E mission
  • 1985 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1987 Philippine troops murder 17 civilians in Lupao Massacre
  • 1988 Rocky Malebane-Metsing coup in Bophuthatswana fails
  • 1988 3-judge panel of 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco strikes down Army's ban on homosexuals (later overturned by appeal)
  • 1989 Miami Vice's 100th episode seen on TV
  • 1989 Ron Brown chosen 1st African American chairman of a major US party (Democrats)
  • 1989 Tony Robinson of Jamaica becomes Nottingham's 1st black sheriff
  • 1989 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1990 Perrier Water pulls product from shelf due to benzine in water

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 South African President F. W. de Klerk announces Nelson Mandela will be freed on February 11th

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
South African President F. W. de Klerk
South African President
F. W. de Klerk

  • 1990 US female Figure Skating championship won by Jill Trenary
  • 1991 Johann Koss skates world record 10 km (13:43.54)
  • 1991 Lithuania votes for independence from USSR
  • 1992 "Dangerous Women" final episode on WWOR-TV
  • 1993 US officially backs peace plan in Bosnia
  • 1995 US female Figure Skating championship won by Nicole Bobek
  • 1996 A bomb explodes in Docklands area of London, ending the 17-month ceasefire; James McArdle is eventually found guilty and jailed for 25 years
  • 1997 5th ESPY Awards: Michael Johnson, Amy Van Dyken Lobo win
  • 1997 Comet Shoemaker-Holt 2 Closest Approach to Earth (1.9245 AU)
  • 1997 Soyuz TM-25 launches to the MIR
  • 1997 Lemrick Nelson found guilty in the fatal stabbing on Hasidic Jew Yankel Rosenbaum in Crown Heights Brooklyn in 1991
  • 1998 AOL raises monthly flat rate internet access from $19.95 to $21.95
  • 1998 Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon the 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.

HeartEngagement of Interest

2005 His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales announces engagement to Camilla Parker Bowles

Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles
Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • 2008 The 2008 Namdaemun fire severely damages Namdaemun, the first National Treasure of South Korea.
  • 2013 36 people are killed and 39 are injured in a stampede at a train station in Allahabad, India
  • 2013 5 people are killed by a falling lifeboat from the cruise ship Thomson Majesty in the Canary islands
  • 2013 Nigeria defeat Burkina Faso 1-0 to win the football 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
  • 2016 Venezuelan government orders more than 100 malls to close early to save electricity, due to drought caused by El Niño
  • 2016 Republican presidential candidates Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie suspend their campaigns
  • 2019 Sexual abuse investigation into US Southern Baptist churches reveals 400 church members implicated with over 700 victims, according to The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News
  • 2019 Insect populations are collapsing worldwide threatening a“catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems” according to a global review saying 40% declining, 30% endangered
  • 2019 Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar announces her 2020 presidential campaign
  • 2019 Number of women alleging sexual assault by former Costa Rica President Óscar Arias Sánchez grows to nine
  • 2019 Mine collapse at an illegal gold mine in north-eastern Liberia traps about 40 people underground
  • 2020 More than 30 bushfires put out by heaviest rainfall for 30 years in New South Wales, Australia, helping end one of the worst bushfire seasons ever, 46 million acres burnt, over 1 billion animals killed, 34 people dead

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