Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Today in History: Wednesday, February 10, 2016


AP Highlight in History: 
On Feb. 10, 1949, Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opened on Broadway. (Miller died on the same date in 2005 at age 89.)
 
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On this date in:
1763France ceded Canada to England under the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War.
1840Britain's Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha.
1846Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – the Mormons – began an exodus west from Illinois.
1962The Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for a Soviet spy held by the United States.
1964Bob Dylan's album "The Times They Are A-Changin"' was released.
1967The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went into effect.
1989Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first African-American to head a major U.S. political party.
2003Iraq 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.
2004Rapper-producer Kanye West's debut CD, "The College Dropout," was released.
2005North Korea boasted publicly for the first time that it possessed nuclear weapons.
2007Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., kicked off his presidential campaign with a speech at the state house in Springfield, Ill.
2007Gen. David Petraeus took charge of U.S. forces in Iraq.
2011Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to step down or leave the country and instead handed his powers to his vice president.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Director Alexander Payne turns 55 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Robert WagnerActor ("Hart to Hart")86
Roberta FlackSinger77
Jimmy MerchantSinger (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers)76
Mark SpitzOlympic gold-medal swimmer66
Robert IgerWalt Disney Co. president and CEO65
George StephanopoulosBroadcast journalist ("This Week")55
Laura DernActress49
Uzo AdubaActress ("Orange is the New Black")35
Chloe Grace MoretzActress ("Hugo")19
Actress Elizabeth Banks turns 42 years old today.
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