The almanac

By United Press International

Today is Friday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2012 with 325 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mars and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune, Venus, Jupiter 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 85); actor Robert Wagner in 1930 (age 82); singer Roberta Flack in 1937 (age 75); Olympic gold medal-winner swimmer Mark Spitz in 1950 (age 62); golfer Greg Norman in 1955 (age 57); television commentator and host George Stephanopoulos in 1961 (age 51); political commentator Glenn Beck in 1964 (age 48); and actor Laura Dern in 1967 (age 45).


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 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 1991, ANC gunmen ambushed an Inkatha Freedom Party motorcade outside Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, killing 17 and wounding 29.

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


In 1993, a gang of more than 40 people ambushed two trucks in a mountainous region of Mexico, killing 24 men in a drug-related family feud.

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 2004, at least 43 people died in the crash of an Iranian civilian airplane near Sharjah airport the United Arab Emirates. There were three survivors.

In 2005, as North Korea boasted for the first time that it had nuclear weapons, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged the nation to return to disarmament talks.

Also in 2005, a previously undisclosed report from the U.S. Sept. 11 commission indicated the risk of suicide aircraft attacks was known months prior to the 2001 assault.

And, Prince Charles, Britain's heir to the throne, announced plans to marry long-time 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.

Also in 2008, masterpieces by Cezanne, Degas, Van Gogh and Monet, with a combined worth of $163 million, were stolen from the Zurich Museum.

In 2009, in a 61-37 vote, mostly along party lines, the U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama's $838 billion stimulus plan. Congress reached a compromise after whittling it down to $787 billion.

Also in 2009, nine people were killed by a tornado in Lone Grove, Okla.

In 2010, a fourth-grade teacher was charged with wounding the principal and an assistant principal at his Knoxville, Tenn., elementary school an hour after children were dismissed due to snowy weather.

Also in 2010, Russia said it was concerned about U.S. government plans to place a proposed anti-ballistic missile interceptor in Romania but remained open to an explanation.

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


A thought for the day: "To keep your marriage brimming, / With love in the loving cup, / Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up." Ogden Nash said


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