Friday, February 10, 2012

February 10 in History

February 10 is the 41st day of the year. There are 325 days remaining until the end of the year.
  • 1840 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom married Prince Albert.
  • 1863 – The fire extinguisher was patented.
  • 1870 – The YWCA was founded in New York City.
  • 1923 – Texas Tech University was founded in Lubbock, Texas.
  • 1933 – The New York City-based Postal Telegraph Company introduced the first singing telegram.
  • 1962 – Gary Powers, captured American U2 spay plane pilot, was exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
  • 1967 – The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which addresses the presidential succession, was ratified.
  • 1989 – Ron Brown was 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 defeated Chess Master Garry Kasparov for the first time.
  • 1998 – Voters in Maine repealed a gay rights law passed in 1997, becoming the first US State to abandon such a law.
  • 2005 – North Korea announced that it possesses nuclear weapons.

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