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Today in History

Today is Thursday, February 10, the 41st day of 2022. There are 324 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On February 10, 1962, the Soviet Union traded Francis Gary Powers, a captured American U-2 pilot, for Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States.

To this date :

In 1763, Britain, Spain and France signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the Seven Years’ War (also known as the French and Indian War in North America).

In 1840, Queen Victoria of Great Britain married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg (KOH’-borg) and Gotha (GAH’-thuh).

In 1936, Nazi Germany’s Reichstag passed a law granting the Gestapo secret police absolute authority, free from judicial review.

In 1959, a major tornado ripped through the St. Louis area, killing 21 people and causing heavy damage.

In 1967, the 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ratified when Minnesota and Nevada adopted it.

In 1981, eight people were killed when a fire started by a busboy broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel and casino.

In 1989, Ron Brown was elected the first black chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

In 1992, boxer Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant. (Tyson served three years in prison.) “Roots” author Alex Haley has died in Seattle at age 70.

In 1996, world chess champion Garry Kasparov lost the first game of a game in Philadelphia to an IBM computer nicknamed “Deep Blue”. (Kasparov ended up winning the match, 4 games to 2; he was defeated by Deep Blue in a rematch the following year.)

In 2005, North Korea publicly boasted for the first time that it possessed nuclear weapons.

In 2015, NBC announced that it was suspending Brian Williams as anchor and editor of “Nightly News” for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the war in Iraq. Jon Stewart has announced he will be stepping down as host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central later this year.

In 2020, US health officials confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus among hundreds of people who had been evacuated from China to military bases in the United States; he was among 13 confirmed cases in the United States. Britain has declared the novel coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat to public health” and said people with the virus can now be forcibly quarantined.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama, under the fierce fire of an election year, abruptly abandoned his position that religious organizations should pay for birth control for workers, demanding that insurance companies step in to provide coverage instead.

Five years ago: President Donald Trump, who has just patched up his ties with China, reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House that the United States would defend his close ally. Retired Lt. Gen. Harold G. “Hal” Moore, the American hero known for saving most of his men in the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang during the Vietnam War, has died in Auburn, Alabama , at the age of 94. Billionaire businessman Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, has died at 87.

A year ago: During former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate, Democrats featured security footage, social media videos, police radio calls and Trump’s own Twitter posts to claim that he fanned the flames of violence, instigated the Jan. 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill, and did not act quickly to send aid or recall his supporters. A new government study has found that wearing two masks may be better than one at protecting against the spread of coronavirus; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said lab researchers found particles were blocked twice as much when two masks were worn. Larry Flynt, who turned his raunchy Hustler magazine into an empire while fighting numerous First Amendment court battles, has died at 78 in Los Angeles.

Today’s birthdays: Opera singer Leontyne Price turns 95. Actor Robert Wagner is 92 years old. Singer Roberta Flack is 85 years old. Singer Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 82 years old. Rock musician Bob Spalding (The Ventures) is 75. Olympic gold medal swimmer Mark Spitz is 72 years old. Robert Iger, executive of the Walt Disney Co., is 71 years old. Rock musician and songwriter Cory Lerios (Pablo Cruise) is 71. World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman is 67. Actor Kathleen Beller is 66 years old. 62. Director Alexander Payne is 61 years old. ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos is 61. Political commentator Glenn Beck is 58 years old. Actress Laura Dern is 55 years old. Writer-producer-director Vince Gilligan (TV: “Breaking Bad”) is 55. The Mowrey guy is 50 years old. Actor Jason Olive is 50 years old. Actor Elizabeth Banks is 48 years old. Actor Julia Pace Mitchell is 44 years old. Reggaeton singer Don Omar is 44 years old. Actor Uzo Aduba is 41 years old. Actor Stephanie Beatriz is 41 years old. Actor Max Brown is 41 years old. Barry Sloane is 41 years old. Rock singer Eric Dill is 40 years old. Actor T vante Rhodes is 32 years old. Actress Emma Roberts is 31 years old. Actor Makenzie Vega is 28 years old. Actress Chloe Grace Moretz is 25 years old. Actress Yara Shahidi is 22 years old.

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