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The almanac

By United Press International   |   Feb. 10, 2014 at 3:30 AM   |   Comments

Today is Monday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2014 with 324 to follow.

The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Mars, Saturn and Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Aquarius. They include essayist Charles Lamb in 1775; journalist William Allen White in 1868; Russian author Boris Pasternak in 1890; entertainer Jimmy Durante and tennis player Bill Tilden, both in 1893; German dramatist Bertolt Brecht in 1898; actors Judith Anderson in 1897 and Lon Chaney Jr. in 1906; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Georges Pire in 1910; operatic soprano Leontyne Price in 1927 (age 87); actor Robert Wagner in 1930 (age 84); singer Roberta Flack in 1937 (age 77); Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Mark Spitz in 1950 (age 64); golfer Greg Norman in 1955 (age 59); television commentator and host George Stephanopoulos in 1961 (age 53); political commentator Glenn Beck in 1964 (age 50); and actors Laura Dern in 1967 (age 47) and Elizabeth Banks in 1974 (age 40).


On this date in history:

In 1763, the Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Years' War between Britain and Spain and also the French and Indian War, with France ceding Quebec to Great Britain.

In 1870, the Young Women's Christian Association was founded in New York.

In 1897, the slogan "All The News That's Fit To Print" first appeared on page one of The New York Times.

In 1931, New Delhi was made the capital of India.

In 1962, captured U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was returned to the United States by Russia in exchange for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.

In 1964, 82 Australian sailors died when an aircraft carrier and a destroyer collided off New South Wales, Australia.

In 1967, Minnesota and Nevada ratified the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment deals with presidential succession.

In 1987, U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop endorsed television advertising for condoms to help curb the spread of AIDS.

In 1992, an Indianapolis jury convicted former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson in the rape of a beauty pageant contestant.

In 1996, a computer -- IBM's Deep Blue -- won a game against world champion chess player Garry Kasparov. But Kasparov won three games and drew two others in winning the overall match with Deep Blue.

In 2005, Prince Charles, Britain's heir to the throne, announced plans to marry longtime companion Camilla Parker Bowles.

In 2006, the Winter Olympic Games opened in Turin, Italy.

In 2007, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus assumed control of the U.S. forces in Iraq at a ceremony in Baghdad. He described his new job as "hard but not hopeless."

In 2008, U.S. military officials filed capital charges against six al-Qaida members for their roles in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The admitted mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and the others were detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In 2011, a 14-year-old suicide bomber in a school uniform attacked an army center parade ground in Pakistan, killing at least 27 soldiers and wounding more than 40 others.

In 2013, the northeastern United States was digging out from a monster snowstorm that killed nine people and left at least 400,000 customers without power.


A thought for the day: "There are no great men, just great challenges which ordinary men, out of necessity, are forced by circumstances to meet." -- U.S. Navy Adm. William F. "Bull" Halsey

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