Today in History, February 10th

By | February 10, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, February 10th!

1258 Huegu, a Mongol leader, seizes Baghdad, bringing and end to the Abbasid caliphate.
1620 Supporters of Marie de Medici, the queen mother, who has been exiled to Blois, are defeated by the king’s troops at Ponts de Ce, France.
1763 The Treaty of Paris ends the French-Indian War. France gives up all her territories in the New World except New Orleans and a few scattered islands.
1799 Napoleon Bonaparte leaves Cairo, Egypt, for Syria, at the head of 13,000 men.Napoleon-Bonaparte
1814 Napoleon personally directs lightning strikes against enemy columns advancing toward Paris, beginning with a victory over the Russians at Champaubert.
1840 Britain’s Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha.
1846 Led by religious leader Brigham Young, the first Mormons begin a long westward exodus from Nauvoo, Il., to Utah.
1863 P.T. Barnum’s star midgets, Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren, are married.Tom-Thumb-Lavinia-Warren
1904 Russia and Japan declare war on each other.
1915 President Wilson blasts the British for using the U.S. flag on merchant ships to deceive the Germans.
1939 Japanese occupy island of Hainan in French Indochina.
1941 London severs diplomatic relations with Romania.
1941 Iceland is attacked by German planes.
1942 The war halts civilian car production at Ford.
1945 B-29s hit the Tokyo area.
1955 Bell Aircraft displays a fixed-wing vertical takeoff plane.
1960 Adolph Coors, the beer brewer, is kidnapped in Golden, Colo.
1962 The Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for a Soviet spy held by the United States.
1964 Bob Dylan’s album “The Times They Are A-Changin”‘ was released.
1966 Protester David Miller is convicted of burning his draft card.
1967 The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went into effect.
1979 The Metropolitan Museum announces the first major theft in 110-year history, $150,000 Greek marble head.
1986 The largest Mafia trial in history, with 474 defendants, opens in Palermo, Italy.
1989 Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first African-American to head a major U.S. political party.Ron-Brown-DNC-Chairman
2003 Iraq agreed to allow U-2 surveillance flights over its territory, meeting a key demand by U.N. inspectors searching for banned weapons; President George W. Bush brushed aside Iraqi concessions as too little, too late.
2004 Rapper-producer Kanye West’s debut CD, “The College Dropout,” was released.
2005 North Korea boasted publicly for the first time that it possessed nuclear weapons.
2007 Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., kicked off his presidential campaign with a speech at the state house in Springfield, Ill.
2007 Gen. David Petraeus took charge of U.S. forces in Iraq.
2011 Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down or leave the country and instead handed his powers to his vice president.

Today in History facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history!

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