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Births for February 10


  • 1609 John Suckling, English Cavalier poet/dramatist/courtier
  • 1670 William Congreve, England, writer (Old Bachelor, Way of the World)
  • 1775 Charles Lamb, England, critic/poet/essayist
  • 1807 Abner Clark Harding, Brig General (Union volunteers), died in 1874
  • 1818 Isham Green Harris, Gov (Confederacy), died in 1897
  • 1821 William Read Scurry, (Confederate Army Brig general, died in 1864)
  • 1824 Samuel Plimsoll, English parliament leader
  • 1868 William Allen White, editor (Pulitzer 1942)
  • 1880 Jesse G Vincent, Arkansas, engineer designed 1st V-12 engine
  • 1889 Howard Jump, British author/novelist/writer/critic
  • 1890 Boris Pasternak, Russia, novelist/poet (Dr Zhivago, Nobel 1958)
  • 1890 Cor Ruys, actor (Princess Stage)
  • 1892 Alan Hale, (Rufus A Mackahan), Wash DC, actor (Little John-Robin Hood
  • 1893 Bill (William) Tilden, US, tennis star
  • 1893 Jimmy Durante, NYC, long-nosed comedian (and goodnight Mrs Calabash)
  • 1893 William (Bill) Tilden, tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29)
  • 1894 (Maurice) Harold MacMillan, (C) British PM (1957-63)
  • 1896 Olin Howlin, Denver Colo, actor (Swifty-Circus Boy)
  • 1897 John Franklin Enders, Conn, microbiologist (polio-Nobel 1954)
  • 1898 Bertolt Brecht, Germany, playwright (Mother Courage)
  • 1898 Dame Judith Anderson, Adelaide Aust, actress (Laura, Rebecca, Tycoon)
  • 1900 Rebecca Negrin
  • 1902 Armand Bernier, Belgian poet (Sorcier Triste)
  • 1902 Walter H Brattain, Amoy China, US physicist (Nobel 1956-transistor)
  • 1905 Walter Brown, an organizer of NBA
  • 1906 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • 1906 Lon Chaney Jr, Okla City Okla, actor (Hawkeye, Pistols 'n' Petticoats
  • 1906 Walraven (Wally) van Hall, banker/poet/resisted Nazis
  • 1910 Dominique Pire, Belgium, educator, aided WW II refugees (Nobel 1958)
  • 1914 Larry Adler, hamonica player (Harmonicats) (blacklisted performer)
  • 1916 Edward R Roybal, (Rep-D-CA, 1963- )
  • 1920 Alexander Comfort, English poet/writer (Wreath for the Living)
  • 1922 Harold Hughes, (Gov-D-NJ)
  • 1922 Neva Patterson, Iowa, actress (Governor & JJ, Doc Elliot, Nichols)
  • 1923 Cesare Siepi, Italy, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera)
  • 1924 Randy Van Horne, El Paso Tx, singer (Nat King Cole Show)
  • 1927 Leontyne Mary Violet Price, Laurel Miss, opera soprano (Porgy & Bess)
  • 1928 Gene Taylor, (Rep-D-St Louis, 1973- )
  • 1928 Hans Nielsen, Denmark, lightweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1924)
  • 1929 Hallgeir Brenden, Norway, 15K/18K cross country (Oly-gold-1952, 56)
  • 1929 Henk Heidweiler, Dutch ambassador to Suriname
  • 1929 Jim Whittacker, 1st American to climb Mt Everest
  • 1930 John Gilpin, English ballet dancer (tudes, Alice in Wonderland)
  • 1930 Robert Wagner, Detroit Mich, actor (It Takes a Thief, Hart to Hart)
  • 1937 Don Wilson, rock guitarist (Ventures-Walk Don't Run, Batman Theme)
  • 1937 Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Oly-2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
  • 1939 Barbara Kolb, Hartford Ct, composer (Trobar Jus)
  • 1939 Boris Pickett, singer (Monster Mash)
  • 1939 Roberta Flack, NC, vocalist (If Ever I Saw Your Face)
  • 1940 Mary Rand, England, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1942 Jimmy Merchant, rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & Teenagers-Why Do Fools
  • 1944 Peter Allen, Australia, singer/pianist (I Go to Rio, Legs Diamond)
  • 1945 Klas Tuinstra, Dutch 2nd Chamber member (CDA)
  • 1946 Donovan (P Leech), Scotland, rocker (Mellow Yellow)
  • 1950 Mark Andrew Spitz, Modesto Calif, swimmer (Olympic-7 gold-72)
  • 1951 Roxanne Pulitzer, author (Prize Pulitzer)
  • 1951 Zeudi Araya, Asmara Ethiopia, Miss Ethiopia (1969)
  • 1953 John Shirley, US, sci-fi author (Eclipse Penumbra, Eclipse Corona)
  • 1955 Greg Norman, Australia, golfer "White Shark"
  • 1955 Lusia Mae Harris, Minter City Miss, basketball player (Oly-silver-76)
  • 1958 Sharon Stone, Meadville Pa, actress (Basic Instinct, Total Recall)
  • 1963 Lenny Dykstra, centerfielder (NY Met, Phila Phillies)
  • 1964 Sam Graddy, Gaffney SC, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1984)
  • 1965 Marjolein Macrander, actress (Drowned)
  • 1966 Andrew Brimmer, 1st Black on Federal Reserve Board (born 1966?)
  • 1967 Laura E Dern, LA Calif, actress (Blue Velvet, Mask, Smooth Talk)


Passings for February 10


  • 1134 Robert III/II Curthouse, Duke of Normandy, dies
  • 1162 Boudewijn III, son of King Fulco of Anjou/husband of Theodora, dies
  • 1164 Hugo van Fosses/Pr‚montr‚, abbott of Pr‚montr‚, dies
  • 1482 Luca della Robbia, Italian sculptor (majolica reliefs), dies
  • 1495 William Stanley, Engl lord chamberlain, executed for conspiracy
  • 1567 Darnley, Mary Queen of Scots' husband, murdered
  • 1772 Louis Tocqu‚, French painter, dies at 75
  • 1829 Leo XII, (Annibale Sermattei), Italian Pope (1823-29), dies at 68
  • 1879 Honor‚ V Daumier, French painter/lithographer, dies at 70
  • 1887 Ellen Wood, English author (Pomeroy Abbey), dies at 73
  • 1902 J N Krieger, German Selenographer, dies
  • 1915 Albert J-BJ Th˜s, Belgian Colonial pioneer (Congo), dies
  • 1923 Wilhelm C R”ntgen, physicist (radiation, Nobel 1901), dies at 77
  • 1932 R H Edgar Wallace, British writer/journalist (3 Just Men), dies
  • 1939 Pius XI, (Ambrogio D A Ratti), Italian Pope (1922-39), dies at 81
  • 1948 Sergei Eisenstein, Russian director (Battleship Potemkin), dies at 50
  • 1957 Laura Ingalls Wilder, US author (Little House on Praries), dies at 90
  • 1958 Billy Vine, actor (54th Street Revue), dies at 42
  • 1962 Willem Paerels, Neth/Belgian painter/graphic artist, dies at 83
  • 1966 Billy Rose, US theater producer (Diamond Horse Show), dies at 66
  • 1983 Eduard Franz, actor (Zorro), dies at 80
  • 1989 Dan Kelly, NHL sportscaster, dies at 52, "He shoots, he scores!"
  • 1992 Alex Haley, US writer (Autobiography of Malcolm X, Roots), dies
  • 1992 Mau Kopuit, editor-in-chief (New Israeli Weekly Newspaper), dies
  • 1992 Thomas Graftd˜k, writer (Dr Faustus), dies
  • 1992 Wim Ramaker, director/writer (On Death Track), dies
  • 1993 John Grossman, Czech director (Process, Revisor), dies


Special events for February 10


  • 60 St Paul thought to have been shipwrecked at Malta
  • 1098 Crusaders slay Army Prince Redwan of Aleppo at Antioch
  • 1635 Acad‚mie Fran‡aise is founded in Paris
  • 1676 Attack on Wampanoag indians in Lancaster Mass
  • 1720 Edmund Halley appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England
  • 1749 10th (final) volume of Fielding's "Tom Jones" is published
  • 1763 Treaty of Paris ends French-Indian War, surrenders Canada to England
  • 1807 US Coast Survey authorized by Congress
  • 1824 Bol¡var named dictator by Congress of Per£
  • 1840 British queen Victoria marries her cousin Albert von Saksen-Coburg
  • 1846 Beginning of Mormon march to west US
  • 1846 British defeat Sikhs in battle of Sobraon, India
  • 1859 Gen Horsford defeats Begum of Oude & Nana Sahib in Indian mutiny
  • 1861 A De Gasparis discovers asteroid #63 Ausonia
  • 1861 Asteroid 63, Ausonia, discovered (named after Auson, son of Odysseus)
  • 1863 1st US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia
  • 1863 PT Barnum stages wedding of Tom Thumb & Mercy Lavinia Warren
  • 1868 Conservatives & military, seize Convention Hall in Florida
  • 1870 City of Anaheim incorporates (1st time)
  • 1870 YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) founded (NYC)
  • 1879 1st electric arc light used (California Theater)
  • 1881 Opera "Contes D'Hoffmann" is produced (Paris)
  • 1897 NY Times begins using slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print"
  • 1899 -39ø F (-39ø C), Milligan, Ohio (state lowest temperature record)
  • 1906 Britains 1st modern battleship "HMS Dreadnought" launched
  • 1907 A Kopff discovers asteroid #624 Hektor
  • 1913 J H Metcalf discovers asteroids #740 Cantabia & #741 Botolphia
  • 1920 Baseball outlaws all pitches involving tampering with ball
  • 1923 SDAP speaks out against allied occupation of Ruhrgebied
  • 1925 1st waterless gas storage tank put into service, Michigan City, Ind
  • 1926 Building of Olympian Stadium Amsterdam, begins
  • 1927 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #933 Susi
  • 1927 Pres Coolidge asks for 2nd disarmament conference
  • 1930 Grain Stabilization Corporation authorized by Congress
  • 1931 G Van Biesbroeck discovers asteroid #3211
  • 1933 -54ø F (-48ø C), Seneca, Oregon (state record)
  • 1933 Delivery of 1st singing telegram
  • 1933 Dutch seaplane bombs Dutch ship
  • 1933 Mutiny on "7 Provinces" ends (began Feb 4th), 23 killed
  • 1934 Byrd souvenir sheet issued, NYC; 1st unperforated ungummed US stamp
  • 1934 E Delporte discovers asteroid #1698 Christophe
  • 1934 G Reiss discovers asteroid #1300 Marcelle
  • 1934 Stalin ends 17th CPSU-congress
  • 1935 1st US streamlined electric RR engine begins service
  • 1937 Ragnhild Hveger swims world record 400m (5:14.2)
  • 1938 King Carol II of Romania drives out dictator Goga
  • 1940 K Reinmuth discovers asteroid #1528 Conrada
  • 1941 "Illegale Het Parool" (Slogan) begins publishing in Netherlands
  • 1941 1st highway post office makes 1st trip, Wash, DC-Harrisonburg, VA
  • 1942 Glenn Miller's "Chattanooga Choo Choo" goes gold
  • 1943 "Manifesto of Algerian People" calls for equality & self-determinatio
  • 1943 8th Army sweeps through North Africa to Tunisia
  • 1943 Van der Veen begins fire in Amsterdam works bureau
  • 1946 1st black pro-baseball player Jackie Robinson marries Rachel Isum
  • 1947 Italy cedes most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia
  • 1947 Netherlands Radio Union forms
  • 1947 Province of Petsamo returned to Soviet Union by Finland
  • 1948 Greek Gen Markos' guerilla army bombs Saloniki
  • 1949 Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" opens on Broadway
  • 1951 Shah of Persia marries 19 year old Soraja Esfandiara Bakhtiari
  • 1954 Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • 1956 "My Friend Flicka" premiers on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • 1957 Southern Christian Leadership Conference forms
  • 1961 AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego
  • 1962 Jim Beatty sets American indoor mile record (3:58.9) in LA
  • 1962 USSR swaps spy Francis Gary Power to US for Rudolph Abel
  • 1964 Australian destroyer "Voyager" sinks in collision, killing 82
  • 1964 WBGU TV channel 27 in Bowling Green, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967 25th Amendment (Presidential Disability & Succession) in effect
  • 1970 26.4 cm percipitation falls on Mount Washington NH
  • 1971 American Mensa, Ltd incorporates in NY
  • 1971 Bill White becomes 1st black baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
  • 1972 BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings
  • 1972 Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates
  • 1973 2nd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • 1973 83m wide gas tank on Staten Island explodes, 40 die
  • 1973 World's largest storage tank explodes (Staten Island NY), crushing 40
  • 1974 Silver futures hit record $4.81« an ounce in London
  • 1981 8 killed & 198 injured by fire at Las Vegas Hilton
  • 1982 28 skiers perform backflips while holding hands, Bromont, Qu‚bec
  • 1983 Anglican synod vote 338-100 against unilateral UK nuclear disarmament
  • 1985 -61ø F (-52ø C), Maybell, Colorado (state record)
  • 1985 Challenger moves to Vandenberg AFB for mating of STS 51-E mission
  • 1986 "John Lennon: Live in NYC" album is released
  • 1987 Philippine troops murder 17 civilians-Lupao Massacre
  • 1989 Miami Vice's 100th episode seen on TV
  • 1989 Minor League Football System opens organizational meeting, St Louis
  • 1989 Ron Brown (D) chosen 1st black chairman of a major US party
  • 1990 Buster Douglas KOs Mike Tyson to become heavyweight boxing champ
  • 1990 Pierrer Water pulls product from shelf due to benzine in water
  • 1990 S Afr Pres de Klerk announces Nelson Mandela will be free Feb 11th
  • 1991 Lithuania votes for independence from USSR
  • 1991 NBA All Star Game at Charlotte NC
  • 1992 "Dangerous Women" final episode on WWOR-TV
  • 1992 Bonnie Blair wins 1992 Olympics 1st gold medal for USA
  • 1992 Mike Tyson found guilty of rape in Indiana


Songs for date February 10


  • 02/10/44 --- Holiday For Strings (Rose, David)
  • 02/10/44 --- Mairzy Doats (Trace, Al)
  • 02/10/50 --- Rag Mop (Flanagan, Ralph)
  • 02/10/50 --- Third Man Theme, The (Karas, Anton)
  • 02/10/62 --- Hey! Baby (Channel, Bruce)
  • 02/10/62 --- Chip Chip (McDaniels, Gene)
  • 02/10/62 --- Let Me In (Sensations)
  • 02/10/68 --- Everything That Touches You (Association)
  • 02/10/68 --- Simon Says (Nineteen-Ten Fruitgum Co.)
  • 02/10/68 --- Dock Of The Bay, (Sittin' On) The (Redding, Otis)
  • 02/10/73 --- Danny's Song (Murray, Anne)
  • 02/10/79 --- Tragedy (Bee Gees)
  • 02/10/79 --- What A Fool Believes (Doobie Brothers)
  • 02/10/90 --- Just A Friend (Biz Markie)
  • 02/10/90 --- Here And Now (Vandross, Luther)
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