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Daily Trivia Facts - February 10

Births

1499 - Thomas Platter, Swiss humanist (d. 1582)
1524 - Albrecht Giese IV, German politician and diplomat (d. 1580)
1609 - Sir John Suckling, English poet (d. 1642)
1685 - Aaron Hill, English writer (d. 1750)
1783 - Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (d. 1873)
1785 - Claude-Louis Navier, French physicist (d. 1936)
1795 - Ary Scheffer, French painter (d. 1858)
1846 - Charles Beresford, British admiral and politician (d. 1919)
1887 - John Franklin Enders, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (d. 1985)
1890 - Boris Pasternak, Russian writer, Nobel Prize laureate (declined) (d. 1960)
1892 - Alan Hale Sr., American actor (d. 1950)
1893 - Jimmy Durante, American actor, singer, and comedian (d. 1980)
1893 - Bill Tilden, American tennis player (d. 1953)
1894 - Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1986)
1897 - Dame Judith Anderson, Australian actress (d. 1992)
1898 - Bertolt Brecht, German author (d. 1956)
1901 - Stella Adler, American actress (d. 1992)
1902 - Walter Houser Brattain, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1987)
1904 - John Farrow, American film director (d. 1963)
1906 - Lon Chaney Jr., American actor (d. 1973)
1906 - Erik Rhodes, American actor (d. 1990)
1910 - Georges Pire, Belgian monk, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1969)
1914 - Larry Adler, American musician (d. 2001)
1920 - Alex Comfort, physician and writer (d. 2000)
1926 - Danny Blanchflower, Northern Irish footballer and football manager (d. 1993)
1927 - Leontyne Price, American soprano
1929 - Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (d. 2004)
1930 - Robert Wagner, American actor
1931 - Thomas Bernhard, Austrian author (d. 1989)
1932 - Branko Lustig, Croatian film producer
1933 - Richard Schickel, American film critic
1934 - Fleur Adcock, New Zealand poet
1939 - Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General of Canada
1939 - Roberta Flack, American singer
1941 - Michael Apted, British director
1944 - Peter Allen, Australian singer and actor (d. 1992)
1944 - Rufus Reid, American Jazz Musician, Bassist
1944 - Frank Keating, American politician
1944 - Vernor Vinge, American novelist
1947 - Louise Arbour, Canadian judge
1948 - Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexican politician (d. 1994)
1949 - Maxime Le Forestier, French singer
1949 - Harold Sylvester, American actor
1950 - Mark Spitz, American swimmer
1951 - Roxanne Pulitzer, American model
1951 - Robert Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company
1955 - Christopher Adams, British judoka and professional wrestler (d. 2001)
1955 - Greg Norman, Australian golfer
1955 - James Cramer, American Television personality
1959 - Dennis Gentry, American Football Player
1960 - Robert Addie, British actor (d. 2003)
1961 - Alexander Payne, American film director
1961 - George Stephanopoulos, American political consultant and commentator
1962 - Cliff Burton, American musician (d. 1986)
1962 - Bobby Czyz, American boxer
1963 - Lenny Dykstra, baseball player
1968 - Atika Suri, Indonesian television newscaster
1969 - Joe Mangrum, American artist
1970 - Noureddine Naybet, Moroccan footballer
1971 - Lisa Marie Varon, American professional wrestler
1971 - Louie Spicolli, American wrestler
1974 - Ty Law, American football player
1976 - Lance Berkman, baseball player
1979 - Daryl Palumbo, American musician
1979 - Ross Powers, American snowboarder
1980 - César Izturis, baseball player
1980 - Steve Tully, English footballer
1981 - Natasha St-Pier, Canadian singer
1981 - The Reverend Tholomew Plague, American musician (Avenged Sevenfold)
1982 - Justin Gatlin, American sprint athlete
1985 - Anette Sagen, Norwegian ski jumper
1991 - Emma Roberts, American actress
1994 - Makenzie Vega, American actress
1997 - Chloe Moretz, American actress

Deaths

1126 - William IX, Duke of Aquitaine, poet (b. 1071)
1162 - King Baldwin III of Jerusalem (b. 1130)
1242 - Emperor Shijo of Japan (b. 1231)
1278 - Margaret II of Flanders (b. 1202)
1576 - Guilielmus Xylander, German classical scholar (b. 1532)
1686 - William Dugdale, English antiquarian (b. 1605)
1722 - Bartholomew Roberts, English pirate
1755 - Montesquieu, French writer (b. 1689)
1758 - Thomas Ripley, English architect
1782 - Friedrich Christoph Oetinger, German theologian (b. 1702)
1829 - Pope Leo XII (b. 1760)
1837 - Aleksandr Pushkin, Russian poet and novelist (b. 1799)
1865 - Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (b. 1804)
1904 - John A. Roche, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1844)
1912 - Joseph Lister, British surgeon (b. 1827)
1917 - John William Waterhouse, Italian-born artist (b. 1849)
1918 - Abdul Hamid II Ottoman Sultan (b. 1842)
1918 - Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Italian pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1833)
1923 - Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1845)
1932 - Edgar Wallace, English novelist and screenwriter (b. 1875)
1939 - Pope Pius XI (b. 1857)
1950 - Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (b. 1872)
1957 - Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (b. 1867)
1960 - Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal (b. 1898)
1964 - Eugen Sänger, Austrian aerospace engineer (b. 1905)
1966 - Billy Rose, American composer and band leader (b. 1899)
1984 - David Von Erich, professional wrestler (b. 1958)
1985 - Johnny Mokan, baseball player (b. 1895)
1992 - Alex Haley, American author (b. 1921)
1993 - Fred Hollows, Australian ophthalmologist (b. 1929)
2000 - Jim Varney, American actor (b. 1949)
2001 - Abraham Beame, Mayor of New York City (b. 1906)
2002 - Traudl Junge, Hitler's secretary (b. 1920)
2003 - Edgar de Evia, American photographer (b. 1910)
2003 - Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler (b. 1958)
2003 - Clark MacGregor, U.S. Congressman (b. 1922)
2003 - Al Ruffo, Mayor of San Jose, California (b. 1908)
2003 - Ron Ziegler, American press secretary to Richard Nixon (b. 1939)
2005 - Arthur Miller, American playwright (b. 1915)
2006 - J Dilla, Rapper/Producer, former member of Slum Village (b. 1974)

Events

1258 - Battle of Baghdad - Mongols overrun Baghdad, burning it to the ground and killing large numbers of citizens (estimates range from 10,000 to 800,000).
1355 - The St. Scholastica's Day riot breaks out in Oxford, England, leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days.
1542 - Queen Catherine Howard of England is confined in the Tower of London to be executed three days later for treason (adultery).
1763 - French and Indian War: The 1763 Treaty of Paris ends the war and France cedes Canada to Great Britain.
1814 - Battle of Champaubert
1840 - Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
1846 - Battle of Sobraon - British defeat Sikhs in final battle of 1st Anglo-Sikh War
1863 - The world-famous dwarfs General Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren get married in New York City.
1863 - Alanson Crane patents the fire extinguisher.
1870 - The YWCA is founded (New York City).
1897 - Freedom of religion in Madagascar
1920 - Jozef Haller de Hallenburg performs symbolic engagement of Poland with the sea, celebrating restitution of Polish access to open sea.
1929 - Msgr. Stephen Alencastre, SS.CC., dedicates the beautiful Romanesque church of Saint Patrick in Honolulu.
1931 - New Delhi becomes the capital of India.
1933 - The New York City-based Postal Telegraph Company introduces the first singing telegram.
1933 - In round 13 of a boxing match at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Primo Carnera knocks out Ernie Schaaf, killing him.
1947 - Italy cedes most of Venezia Giulia to Yugoslavia.
1954 - President Dwight Eisenhower warns against United States intervention in Vietnam.
1962 - Captured American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
1964 - The aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne collides with the HMAS Voyager off the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.
1967 - The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.
1981 - A fire at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino kills eight and injures 198.
1989 - Ron Brown is elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee becoming the first African American to lead a major American political party.
1990 - James "Buster" Douglas KO's Mike Tyson In what perhaps was one of the greatest upsets in sports history .
1996 - The IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov for the first time.
1997 - The United States Army suspends CSM Gene C. McKinney, its top-ranking enlisted soldier, after hearing allegations of sexual misconduct.
1998 - A college dropout becomes the first person to be convicted of a hate crime committed in cyberspace.
1998 - Voters in Maine repeal a gay rights law passed in 1997 becoming the first U.S. state to abandon such a law.
1999 - Avalanches in the French Alps near Geneva kill at least 10.
2003 - France and Belgium broke the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.
2005 - North Korea and weapons of mass destruction: North Korea suspends participation in multi-nation talks to discuss its arms program and officially admits to developing nuclear weapons.
2006 - The 20th Olympic Winter Games begin in Turin, Italy with the Opening Ceremony.

Holidays

Italy - National Memorial Day of the Exiles and Foibe to commemorate Italian Istrian and Dalmatian exiliee and Foibe massacres.
Catholicism - Saint Scholastica; World Marriage Day.
Malta - St. Paul's Shipwreck day. Birth of Catholicism in Malta.
Saint Silvanus
Saint Charalampe
Saint Austreberta
Blessed Arnaud
Blessed Hugo (d. 1164)
     
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