Today in History - February 10

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60CE        Feb 10, St. Paul is believed to have been shipwrecked near Malta while enroute to Rome for trial for practicing Catholicism. The story is told in the Bible’s New Testament Acts of the Apostles, chapter 27. The event is marked in Malta every February 10.
    (www.maltamedia.com/artman2/publish/out_about/article_5012.shtml)(WSJ, 6/21/08, p.W8)

1098        Feb 10, Crusaders defeated Prince Redwan of Aleppo at Antioch.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1258        Feb 10, Huegu (Hulega Khan), a Mongol leader and grandson of Genghis Khan, seized Baghdad following a 4-day assault. Mongol invaders from Central Asia took over Baghdad and ended the Abbasid-Seljuk Empire. They included Uzbeks, Kazaks, Georgians and other groups. Some 200 to 800 thousand people were killed and looting lasted 17 days.
    (ATC, p.91)(AP, 2/10/99)(SFC, 4/12/03, p.A1)

1324        Feb 10, The pope officially chastised the Knights of the Cross for ill treatment of Catholics and for pushing pagans away from Christianity.
    (LHC, 2/10/03)

1535        Feb 10, 12 nude Anabaptists ran through the streets of Amsterdam. [see 1534]
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1609        Feb 10, John Suckling, English Cavalier poet, dramatist, courtier, was born.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1620        Feb 10, Supporters of Marie de Medici, the queen mother, who had been exiled to Blois, were defeated by the king’s troops at Ponts de Ce, France.
    (AP, 2/10/99)

1670        Feb 10, William Congreve, English writer (Old Bachelor, Way of the World), was born.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1676        Feb 10, In King Philip’s War Narragansett and Nipmuck Indians raided Lancaster, Mass. Over 35 villagers were killed and 24 were taken captive including Mary Rowlandson (1637-1711) and her 3 children. Rowlandson was freed after 11 weeks and an account of her captivity was published posthumously in 1682.
    (AH, 6/02, p.48)(Econ, 2/21/09, p.83)(http://tinyurl.com/cvrhcv)

1720        Feb 10, Edmund Halley was appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1722        Feb 10, Black Bart (b.1682), Welsh pirate, died. He raided shipping off the Americas and West Africa between 1719 and 1722.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_Roberts)

1728        Feb 10, Peter III Fyodorovich (d.1762), czar of Russia (1761-62), was born in Germany. He married Catherine, who succeeded him following a coup. [see Feb 21]
    (WUD, 1994 p.1077)(WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A18)(MC, 2/10/02)

1763        Feb 10, Britain, Spain and France signed the Treaty of Paris ending the French-Indian War. France ceded Canada to England and gave up all her territories in the New World except New Orleans and a few scattered islands. France retained the sugar colonies of Martinique and Guadeloupe.
    (HN, 2/10/97)(AP, 2/10/97)(AP, 2/10/08)(SSFC, 7/6/14, p.L5)

1772        Feb 10, Louis Tocque (75), French painter, died.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1774        Feb 10, Andrew Becker demonstrated a diving suit.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1775        Feb 10, Charles Lamb (d.1834), critic, poet, essayist, was born in London, England. "No one ever regarded the first of January with indifference. It is the nativity of our common Adam."
    (AP, 12/31/97)(MC, 2/10/02)

1779        Feb 10, A shootout at Carr's Fort in Georgia turned back men sent to Wilkes County to recruit colonists loyal to the British army. In 2012 archeologists located the site.
    (AP, 5/6/13)

1794        Feb 10, Joseph Haydn’s 99th Symphony in E, premiered.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1799        Feb 10, Napoleon Bonaparte left Cairo, Egypt, for Syria, at the head of 13,000 men.
    (AP, 2/10/99)

1814        Feb 10, Napoleon personally directed lightning strikes against enemy columns advancing toward Paris, beginning with a victory over the Russians at Champaubert. During the Napoleonic Wars a British naval officer proposed the use of saturation bombing and chemical warfare to undermine the strength of Emperor Napoleon.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1824        Feb 10, Simon Bolivar was named President by the Congress of Peru.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1840        Feb 10, Britain's Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
    (HN, 2/10/97)(AP, 2/10/97)

1841        Feb 10, Upper Canada and Lower Canada were proclaimed united under an Act of Union passed by the British Parliament.
    (AP, 2/10/07)

1846        Feb 10, Led by religious leader Brigham Young, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormons, began an exodus from Nauvoo, Il., to Utah.
    (AP, 2/10/97)(AP, 2/10/99)
1846        Feb 10, British General Sir Hugh Gough decisively routed Tej Singh’s Sikhs in the Battle of Sobraon.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1855        Feb 10, US citizenship laws were amended to include all children of US parents born abroad.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1863        Feb 10, P.T. Barnum’s star midgets, Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren, were married.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1864        Feb 10, Konstanty Kalinowski, the last Lithuanian provincial rebel leader, was captured. He was hanged a month later.
    (LHC, 2/10/03)

1878        Feb 10, Peter Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony in F, premiered.
    (MC, 2/10/02)
1878        Feb 10, Cuba’s 10 year war with Spain ended with the signing of the pact of Zanjon. The nationalist uprising failed.
    (WSJ, 9/12/08, p.W6)(www.cubagen.org/mil/war-hist.htm)

1879        Feb 10, The 1st electric arc light was used in a California Theater. The first electric arc lights were installed in Cleveland in this year. Some women complained that the white light blanched their complexions in a most ghastly manner.
    (MC, 2/10/02)(SFC, 11/30/96, p.B5)

1890        Feb 10, Boris Pasternak (d.1960), Russian novelist and author, was born. His greatest novel, Dr. Zhivago, was rejected for publication in the USSR “No single man makes history. History cannot be seen, just as one cannot see grass growing.” [OS][see Feb 18]
    (AP, 10/6/98)(HN, 2/10/99)
1890        Feb 10, Around 11 million acres, ceded to US by Sioux Indians, opened for settlement.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1893        Feb 10, Jimmy Durante, ‘Schnozzel,’ American comedian and film actor, was born in NYC. “Be nice to people on the way up. They’re the same people you’ll pass on the way down.”
    (HN, 2/10/99)(AP, 2/10/01)(MC, 2/10/02)

1894        Feb 10, Harold MacMillan, British prime minister from 1957 to 1963, was born.
    (HN, 2/10/97)(HN, 2/10/99)

1897        Feb 10, John F. Enders, virologist, was born.
    (HN, 2/10/01)

1898        Feb 10, Bertolt Brecht, German poet and dramatist, was born. He is best remembered for his plays “Three Penny Opera” and “Mother Courage. “
    (HN, 2/10/99)

1901        Feb 10, Stella Adler, actress and teacher, was born.
    (HN, 2/10/01)

1902        Feb 10, Walter Brattain, physicist, was born. He became one of the inventors of the transistor.
    (HN, 2/10/01)

1904        Feb 10, Russia and Japan declared war on each other.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1906        Feb 10, Britain's 1st modern and largest battleship, the "HMS Dreadnought," was launched.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1910        Feb 10, Dominique Georges Pire, Belgian cleric and educator, was born.
    (HN, 2/10/01)

1912        Feb 10, Dr. Joseph Lister, founder of sterile technique in surgical practice, died at age 85. In 1917 Sir Rickman John Godlee authored “Lord Lister.”
    (ON, 7/00, p.9)

1914        Feb 10, Larry Adler, harmonica virtuoso, was born.
    (HN, 2/10/01)

1915        Feb 10, President Wilson blasted the British for using the U.S. flag on merchant ships to deceive the Germans. He also warned the Kaiser that he would hold Germany "to a strict accountability" for U.S. lives and property endangered. In Europe [Lithuania], the Germans encircled and captured 100,000 Russians near Nieman River. When the United States entered World War I, propagandist George Creel set out to stifle anti-war sentiment.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1920        Feb 10, Alex Comfort, English physician and author, was born. His books included “Joy of Sex.”
    (HN, 2/10/01)

1922        Feb 10, Harold Hughes, Governor of New Jersey, was born.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1923        Feb 10, Cesare Siepi, basso (NY Metropolitan Opera), was born in Milan, Italy.
    (MC, 2/10/02)
1923        Feb 10, Wilhelm Konrad von Röntgen (77), physicist (Nobel 1901), died. In 1971 Robert W. Nitske authored “The Life of Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen: Discoverer of the X Ray.”
    (ON, 11/04, p.8)

1925        Feb 10, Poland made an accord with the Vatican and the archdiocese of Vilnius was revived as one of 5 Polish dioceses.
    (LHC, 2/10/03)

1927        Feb 10, (Mary Violet) Leontyne Price, opera singer, was born.
    (HN, 2/10/01)

1931        Feb 10, New Delhi became the capital of India. [see Mar 26]
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1933        Feb 10, The first singing telegram was introduced by the Postal Telegram Company in New York.
    (AP, 2/10/97)

1934        Feb 10, An Admiral Byrd souvenir stamp sheet was issued, NYC. It was the 1st unperforated ungummed US stamp.
    (MC, 2/10/02)
1934        Feb 10, A Jewish immigrant ship 1st broke the English blockade in Palestine.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1935        Feb 10, Pennsylvania RR began passenger service with new electric locomotive.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1939        Feb 10, Pope Pius XI died in Rome. He was born in Desio, Italy, as Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti. In 2014 David I. Kertzer authored The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe.”
    (www.nndb.com/people/327/000088063/)(SSFC, 2/9/14, p.F5)
1939        Feb 10, Japan occupied the Chinese island of Hainan located off the coast of  French Indochina (modern day Vietnam).
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1940        Feb 10, "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller hit #1.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1941        Feb 10, London severed diplomatic relations with Romania. Romania's indigenous fighter, the IAR 80, saw service in defense of its homeland and against the Soviets.
    (HN, 2/10/97)
1941        Feb 10, Iceland was attacked by German planes.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1942        Feb 10, RCA Victor presented Glenn Miller and his Orchestra with a "gold record" for their recording of "Chattanooga Choo Choo," which had sold more than 1 million copies.
    (AP, 2/10/99)
1942        Feb 10, The war halted civilian car production at Ford. Henry Ford opposed America's entry into World War II until the attack on Pearl Harbor, which inspired him to begin an all-out effort to manufacture planes and vehicles for the war effort.
    (HN, 2/10/97)
1942        Feb 10, The former French liner Normandie capsized in New York Harbor a day after it caught fire while being refitted for the U.S. Navy.
    (AP, 2/10/97)

1945        Feb 10, "Rum & Coca Cola" by the Andrews Sisters hit #1.
    (MC, 2/10/02)
1945        Feb 10, B-29s hit the Tokyo area. It was a B-29 that dropped the bomb that ended World War II.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1949        Feb 10, Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opened at Broadway's Morosco Theater with Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman. The play depicting the false dreams of Willy Loman won a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize.
    (WSJ, 10/4/95, p.A-12)(WSJ, 5/13/96, p. A-16)(AP, 2/10/08)
1949        Feb 10, Elections in Northern Ireland showed that at least 2/3 of the population favored continued union with Great Britain.
    (EWH, 1968, p.1166)

1950        Feb 10, Mark Spitz, Modesto Calif, swimmer (Oly-9 gold/silver/bronze-68,72), was born.
    (www.thisdaythatyear.com/feb/people10.htm)

1951        Feb 10, "John & Marsha" by Stan Freberg peaked at #21.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1954        Feb 10, Eisenhower warned against US intervention in Vietnam.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1955        Feb 10, Bell Aircraft displayed a fixed-wing vertical takeoff plane. An ingenious blend of airplane and helicopter features, the Fairey Rotodyne was a case of almost--but not quite enough.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1960        Feb 10, "Unsinkable Molly Brown" ended at Winter Garden, NYC, after 532 performances.
    (MC, 2/10/02)
1960        Feb 10, Adolph Coors, the beer brewer, was kidnapped in Golden, Colo.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1961        Feb 10, Niagara Falls hydroelectric project began producing power.
    (MC, 2/10/02)

1962        Feb 10, The Soviet Union exchanged captured American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolph Ivanovich Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States.
    (AP, 2/10/97)

1966        Feb 10, Protester David Miller was convicted of burning his draft card.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1967        Feb 10, The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went into effect as Minnesota and Nevada adopted it.
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 2/10/08)

1968        Feb 10, Peggy Fleming of the United States won the gold medal in women's figure skating at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France.
    (AP, 2/10/97)

1971        Feb 10, The play "The House of Blue Leaves" by John Guare (b.1938), American playwright, opened off Broadway.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, DB p.37)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_of_Blue_Leaves)
1971        Feb 10, Combat photographers Henri Huet of AP, Kent Potter of UPI, Larry Burrows (b.1926) of Life Magazine and Keisaburo Shimamato of Newsweek were killed in a helicopter crash over Laos. In 2003 Richard Pyle and Horst Faas authored "Lost Over Laos: A True Story of Tragedy, Mystery and Friendship."
    (WSJ, 5/22/98, p.W12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Burrows)(SSFC, 3/23/03, p.M5)

1979        Feb 10, The Metropolitan Museum announced the first major theft in 110-year history, $150,000 Greek marble head.
    (HN, 2/10/97)

1981        Feb 10, Eight people were killed, 198 injured, when fire broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino.
    (AP, 2/10/97)

1984         Feb 10, Kevin Andrew Collins (9) was abducted from a SF street corner. The child’s picture was among the 1st to appear on milk cartons across the country. By 2007 Kevin's whereabouts were still unknown, and there were no new leads in the 23 year-old case. The strain of Kevin's disappearance and the search for their son eventually led Kevin’s parents, David and Ann Collins, to divorce. Suspect Dan Therrien (51) died in 2008.
    (www.crimeandjustice.us/forums/lofiversion/index.php?t26.html)(SFC, 2/10/06, p.B6)(SFC, 2/7/13, p.A9)

1986         Feb 10, In Darien, Conn., Alex Kelly (18) raped 16-year-old Adrienne Bak Ortolano. Four days later he raped another girl. While preparing for trial after he was arrested and out on bail, Kelly fled the country and eluded charges for 8 years. Kelly stayed in Europe for nearly 10 years, presumably financed by his parents. In 1995, he was captured in Switzerland and extradited back to the United States to face trial. He faced two criminal trials in 1997. The first trial resulted in a mistrial. In the second trial he was convicted of the first rape and sentenced to 18 years in jail. He pleaded no contest to the second rape charge. His next parole hearing is scheduled in 2008, conditional on good behavior.
    (SFC,12/22/97, p.A3)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Andrew_Kelly)
1986         Feb 10,  The largest Mafia trial in history, with 474 defendants, opened in Palermo, Italy. The trial ended on December 16, 1987, almost two years after it commenced. Of the 474 defendants, both those present and those tried in absentia, 360 were convicted. 2,665 years of prison sentences were shared out between the guilty, not including the life sentences. A total of 114 defendants were acquitted.
    (HN, 2/10/97)(www.answers.com/topic/maxi-trial)
1986        Feb 10, In Haiti a provisional government, headed by Namphy, named a 19-member Cabinet. It dissolved the Assembly and Tonton Macoutes, reopened schools, freed political prisoners, and sought to recover Duvaliers' assets. US aid resumed after being halted because of Duvalier abuses.
    (AP, 1/17/11)

1988        Feb 10, A 3-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco struck down the Army's ban on homosexuals, saying gays were entitled to the same protection against discrimination as racial minorities. The ruling was later set aside by the full appeals court.
    (AP, 2/10/97)

1989        Feb 10, Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first black to head a major U.S. political party.
    (AP, 2/10/99)

1990        Feb 10, In Indonesia Mount Kelud erupted. Some 33 post eruption lahars took place from Feb 15-mar28 and more than 30 people were killed with hundreds injured.
    (AP, 11/3/07)(www.springerlink.com/content/x7d7qvad0ct3c9bf/)
1990        Feb 10, South African President F.W. de Klerk announced that black activist Nelson Mandela would be released the next day after 27 years in captivity.
    (AP, 2/10/00)

1991        Feb 10, In a broadcast on Baghdad Radio, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein praised his countrymen for withstanding attacks by allied warplanes and rockets.
    (AP, 2/10/01)

1992        Feb 10, Bonnie Blair of the United States won the women's 500-meter speed skating competition at the Albertville Olympics.
    (AP, 2/10/02)
1992        Feb 10, In the Iowa caucus favorite son Tom Harkin won with 76% of the vote. The rest went to “Uncommitted” (12%), Paul Tsongas (4%), Bill Clinton (3%), Bob Kerrey (2%), and Jerry Brown (2%). Clinton ended up winning the Democratic nomination and the presidency.
    (http://correntewire.com/post_iowa_perspective)
1992        Feb 10, Boxer Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant.
    (AP, 2/10/97)
1992        Feb 10, Alex Haley, author of “Roots” and co-writer of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” died in Seattle at age 70. Much of his work was donated to the Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville.
    (SFC, 12/6/96, p.C15)(AP, 2/10/97)

1993        Feb 10, The Clinton administration said U.S. troops could be sent to enforce peace in former Yugoslavia provided warring factions there negotiated a settlement.
    (AP, 2/10/97)

1994        Feb 10, The US Senate approved $8.6 billion in relief for victims of the Jan 17 Los Angeles earthquake. The House approved the measure the next day, and President Clinton signed it the day after that.
    (AP, 2/10/99)
1994        Feb 10, Jeannie Flynn (b.1966)), the first female combat pilot in the US Air Force, finished flight training in the F-15.
    (http://tinyurl.com/n5ehhg)(NPub, 2002, p.26)

1995        Feb 10, The House passed a GOP crime bill boosting funding for state prisons but requiring states to get tougher on violent criminals before they could receive any money.
    (AP, 2/10/00)

1996        Feb 10, President Clinton signed a $265 billion defense bill, but said he would battle for repeal of a section forcing the discharge of service members with the AIDS virus.
    (AP, 2/10/01)
1996        Feb 10, World chess champion Garry Kasparov lost the first game of a match in Philadelphia against an I-B-M computer dubbed “Deep Blue.”
    (AP, 2/10/01)
1996        Feb 10,  In Algeria two car bombs killed 17 and wounded 93 in the capital.
    (WSJ, 2/12/96, p.A-1)
1996        Feb 10, A slab of mountainside crushed a highway tunnel on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, killing 20 people.
    (AP, 2/10/01)

1997        Feb 10, The 5th annual ESPY Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall, NYC. The Awards were created by ESPN in 1993 and are given for Excellence in Sports Performance.
    (http://espn.go.com/espy2004/s/espyfacts.html)
1997        Feb 10, A civil jury in Santa Monica heaped $25 million in punitive damages on O.J. Simpson for the slayings of his ex-wife and her friend, on top of $8.5 million in compensatory damages awarded earlier.
    (USAT, 2/11/97, p.A1)(AP, 2/10/97)
1997        Feb 10, The US Air Force suspended all training flights over the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast after two new reports of close encounters between F-16s and commercial aircraft over New Mexico and Texas.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
1997        Feb 10, The Army suspended its top-ranking enlisted soldier, Army Sgt. Major Gene McKinney, following sexual misconduct allegations.
    (AP, 2/10/97)
1997        Feb 10, The National Park Service took over a small section of Santa Cruz Island, one of the Channel Islands off of Ventura, Ca. Most of the 60,800 acre island is owned by the Nature Conservancy.
    (SFEC, 7/13/97, p.A15)
1997        Feb 10, The city of Cincinnati revealed plans for a new $80-million museum for its role in the Underground Railroad during the Civil War. The museum and freedom center were scheduled to open in 2002.
    (USAT, 2/11/97, p.D1)
1997        Feb 10, From Bolivia it was reported that heavy rains have destroyed the homes and crops of tens of thousands of farmers. The rains were the heaviest in 3 decades.
    (SFC, 2/10/97, p.A8)
1997        Feb 10, Bosnian Croat gunmen killed a Bosnian Muslim man and wounded 22 others who were among a crowd of some 200 trying to visit a cemetery in the divided city of Mostar.
    (WSJ, 2/11/97, p.A1)
1997        Feb 10, In Spain a Supreme Court Justice, Rafael Martinez Emperador, was shot dead in Madrid. In Grenada a car bomb exploded and killed one person and wounded 7. Guerrillas of the ETA, Basque Homeland and Liberty, were blamed.
    (USAT, 2/11/97, p.5A)

1998        Feb 10, Dr. David Satcher was confirmed as Surgeon General by the US Senate.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/10/99)
1998        Feb 10, Voters in Maine repealed a gay rights law. Gov. Angus King called it unfortunate.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.A2)(AP, 2/10/99)
1998        Feb 10, Monica Lewinsky's mother, Marcia Lewis, testified before the grand jury investigating her daughter's alleged affair with President Clinton.
    (AP, 2/10/99)
1998        Feb 10, Speedskater Hiroyasu Shimizu won Japan's first gold medal of the Nagano Olympics, in the 500-meter event.
    (AP, 2/10/99)
1998        Feb 10, French legislators approved a reduction in the workweek from 39 to 35 hours.
    (SFC, 2/11/98, p.B3)

1999        Feb 10, Resigned to losing their case, US House prosecutors said public opinion polls had made a stronger impression on senators than any evidence that President Clinton committed high crimes and misdemeanors.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
1999        Feb 10, A federal judge ordered American Airlines pilots to end a sickout that had grounded 2,500 flights, stranded 200,000 travelers and left businesses scrambling for cargo carriers.
    (AP, 2/10/00)
1999        Feb 10, Mitt Romney, a venture capitalist son of George Romney, was proposed as the new chief of the Olympic Committee for the 2002 games in SLC.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 10, Timothy Schultz (21) and Sarah Elder (20) of Des Moines, Iowa, split a $10.6 million Powerball lottery prize.
    (SFC, 3/6/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 10, US and British jets again hit Iraqi air defense sites. It was reported that Saddam Hussein has offered $14,000 to air defense troops who shoot down a US or British plane.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A15)
1999        Feb 10, A Vietnamese shopkeeper in Westminster, Orange County, Ca., was assaulted and began a riot when he displayed a poster of Ho Chi Minh in his shop window.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A3)
1999        Feb 10, In Afghanistan Taliban officials exchanged fire with bodyguards of bin Laden in Kandahar.
    (SFC, 3/4/99, p.A12)
1999        Feb 10, In Germany it was announced that work on the nuclear waste storage dump near Gorleben would be halted. The site had been planned to store waste from the country's 19 nuclear reactors.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A17)
1999        Feb 10, In Mexico 4 armed seized teacher Roberto Mejia Guzman from a classroom at San Pedro Petlacala and killed him.
    (SFC, 2/13/99, p.A18)
1999        Feb 10, In Russia police headquarters in Samara burned down and killed at least 23 people. Organized crime was suspected.
    (SFC, 2/13/99, p.A17)(WSJ, 2/12/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 10, In Kosovo Serbian authorities returned the bodies of 40 civilian Albanians who were killed at Racak.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A14)
1999        Feb 10, In South Africa a helicopter crashed on the roof of an office building in Cape Town and all 4 people aboard were killed.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 10, In Syria Pres. Hafez Assad (68) was elected to a 5th 7-year term.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.C2)
1999        Feb 10, A UN panel eased a trade ban on ivory. It allowed Namibia and Zimbabwe to sell nearly 34 tons to Japan.
    (WSJ, 2/11/99, p.A1)

2000        Feb 10, The Federal Aviation Administration ordered inspections of MD-80, MD-90, DC-9 and 717 series jetliners after two Alaska Airlines planes were found to have equipment damage similar to that on Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which crashed off the California coast January 31st, killing all 88 people on board.
    (AP, 2/10/01)
2000        Feb 10, Gil Garcetti, LA district attorney, said that as many as 100 cases had been tainted by planted evidence, false testimony and other police abuses. His office had found over 40 people wrongly prosecuted by officers of the LAPD Rampart Division. In 2005 LA said it would pay $70 million to settle some 214 lawsuits related to the Ramparts Division.
    (SFC, 2/11/00, p.A3)(SFC, 2/26/00, p.A3)(SFC, 4/1/05, p.A3)
2000        Feb 10, Steve Forbes, publisher, announced that he was abandoning his 6-year GOP bid for the presidency after an investment of $66 million.
    (SFC, 2/10/00, p.A3)
2000        Feb 10, Actor Jim Varney, best known for his comic character Ernest P. Worrell, died in White House, Tennessee, at age 50.
    (AP, 2/10/01)
2000        Feb 10, At Stansted, England, 9 hijackers surrendered and released all hostages of the Afghan jetliner. Police arrested 21 [22] people and recovered arms. Half the hostages requested asylum.
    (SFC, 2/10/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/11/00, p.A1)(SFC, 2/12/00, p.A10)
2000        Feb 10, In Indonesia former Pres. Suharto was declared an official suspect of corruption.
    (WSJ, 2/11/00, p.A1)
2000        Feb 10, Israeli jets fired 20 missiles in 8 raids in the Zillaya Valley following Hezbollah attacks on Israeli troops and militia.
    (SFC, 2/11/00, p.A14)
2000        Feb 10, In Jammu-Kashmir a train explosion killed at least 5 people. In northern Kashmir gunmen burst into 2 homes in Pattan village and killed 6 people with 3 wounded.
    (SFC, 2/11/00, p.D2)
2000        Feb 10, In Russia the government announced that it would raise the minimum price for a bottle of vodka by 30% at the end of the month.
    (SFC, 2/12/00, p.A10)
2000        Feb 10, In Yemen tribesmen released Kenneth White (54), an American oil executive, who was kidnapped a month ago.
    (SFC, 2/11/00, p.D2)

2001        Feb 10, The space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts installed the $1.4 billion Destiny laboratory on the international space station.
    (AP, 2/10/02)
2001        Feb 10, Former New York City Mayor Abraham D. Beame died at age 94.
    (AP, 2/10/02)
2001        Feb 10, In Algeria assailants killed at least 27 people near Berrouaghia. Half of the dead were children.
    (SFC, 2/12/01, p.B2)
2001        Feb 10, Israel said it would not cooperate with the newly arrived UN human rights mission for a fact-finding tour of Palestinian areas.
    (SSFC, 2/11/01, p.C1)

2002        Feb 10, Snowboarder Kelly Clark won America's first gold at the Salt Lake City Olympics in women's halfpipe. Claudia Pechstein of Germany shattered her own world record in the three-thousand-meter speedskating event, crossing the line in 3:57.70.
    (AP, 2/10/03)
2002        Feb 10, The Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference, 135-120, in the NBA All-Star Game.
    (AP, 2/10/03)
2002        Feb 10, A spokeswoman said former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay would refuse to answer questions when he appeared before Congress under subpoena.
    (AP, 2/10/03)
2002        Feb 10, Convict-author Jack Henry Abbott (58) committed suicide in his cell.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2002        Feb 10, Dave Van Ronk, folksinger and mentor to Bob Dylan, died in NY at age 65.
    (WSJ, 2/11/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 10, Vernon A. Walters (85), former UN ambassador and aide to 7 presidents, died in West Palm Beach, Florida.
    (WSJ, 2/15/02, p.A1)
2002        Feb 10, In Mexico Sinaloa state police reportedly shot and killed drug boss Ramon Felix Arellano (37).
    (SFC, 2/23/02, p.A12)
2002        Feb 10, Two Palestinian Hamas gunmen attacked Israeli soldiers at Beersheva. 2 soldiers were killed before the gunmen were slain.
    (SFC, 2/11/02, p.A3)

2003        Feb 10, Clark MacGregor (80), former Minnesota Congressman who'd led the Nixon re-election campaign in 1972, died in Pompano Beach, Fla.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
2003        Feb 10, Ron Ziegler (b.1939), former press secretary for Richard Nixon, died in Coronado, Ca.
    (SFC, 2/11/03, p.A19)
2003        Feb 10, Afghanistan became the 89th nation to join the International Criminal Court.
    (AP, 2/11/03)
2003        Feb 10, In Kabul, Afghanistan, Germany and the Netherlands took control of the 22-nation peacekeeping force charged with keeping order, replacing Turkey.
    (AP, 2/10/03)
2003        Feb 10, A Chinese court convicted U.S.-based dissident Wang Bingzhang on spying and terrorism charges and sentenced him to life in prison.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
2003        Feb 10, France, Germany and Belgium blocked NATO efforts to begin planning for possible Iraqi attacks against Turkey.
    (AP, 2/10/03)
2003        Feb 10, Iraq agreed to allow U-2 surveillance flights over its territory, meeting a key demand by U.N. inspectors searching for banned weapons; President Bush, however, brushed aside Iraqi concessions as too little, too late.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
2003        Feb 10, Israeli troops killed 2 suspected Palestinian militants, including an unarmed fugitive, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    (AP, 2/10/03)
2003        Feb 10, Mexican army troops seized 2.2 tons of cocaine from a plane that landed in northern Mexico after it reported mechanical problems. The three men onboard were arrested.
    (AP, 2/11/03)
2003        Feb 10, Moscow appointed a new prime minister of Chechnya. Anatoly Popov replaced Mikhail Babich, who resigned under pressure 2 days earlier after a dispute with his superior, the chief of the Moscow-backed administration, Akhmad Kadyrov.
    (AP, 2/10/03)

2004        Feb 10, The White House released documents on Pres. Bush's time of service in the Air National Guard. Questions remained over his service in Alabama in 1972.
    (SFC, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 10, Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry rolled to dominating wins in Virginia and Tennessee, scoring a Southern sweep that knocked rival Wesley Clark out of the race and put the nomination within reach.
    (Reuters, 2/11/04)
2004        Feb 10, NYC said nearly 4% of men age 40-49 in the city have AIDS or are infected with HIV.
    (WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 10, Edward Jablonski (81), writer, died in NYC. Noted for his biographies of composers, his over 2 dozen books also covered aviation and aerial warfare.
    (SFC, 2/14/04, p.A22)
2004        Feb 10, OPEC met in Algiers and agreed to reduce its official production by 1 million barrels-a-day beginning Apr 1. Current production was 24.5 million.
    (WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 10, The US broke ground for a new U.S. Embassy compound in the Chinese capital, billed by the American government as the largest State Department project ever built on foreign soil.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
2004        Feb 10, French legislators voted 494-36 to ban religious emblems such as Muslim head scarves from state schools.
    (WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 10, French prosecutors launched a money-laundering probe into the alleged transfers of $11.5 million dollars to accounts held by the wife of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
    (AP, 2/11/04)(WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 10, In Haiti government supporters in Cap-Haitien, the second largest city, built flaming barricades to keep rebels out. UN aid officials warned of a looming humanitarian crisis.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
2004        Feb 10, An Iranian Fokker-50 plane carrying mostly foreign workers crashed as it approached Sharjah airport in the United Arab Emirates, killing 43 people aboard. 3 survived.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
2004        Feb 10, In Iskandariyah, Iraq, a car bomb exploded at a police station south of Baghdad as dozens of would-be recruits lined up to apply for jobs, and a hospital official said at least 53 people were killed and 50 others wounded.
    (AP, 2/10/04)(WSJ, 2/11/04, p.A1)
2004        Feb 10, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi met with Libya leader Moammar Gadhafi, and the United States said it had restored diplomatic contacts with the country. In London, Prime Minister Tony Blair held talks with the Libyan foreign minister.
    (AP, 2/10/04)
2004        Feb 10, In Nicaragua Carlos Guadamuz, the former director of the state-run radio program, was shot and killed, days after he said he received death threats. In 1969, he had dressed up as a woman and tried to hijack a plane to Cuba. He was then jailed for many years under former President Anastasio Somoza Dabayle.
    (AP, 2/10/04)

2005        Feb 10, New York civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart was convicted of smuggling messages of violence from one of her jailed clients, radical Egyptian sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, to his terrorist disciples on the outside. In 2006 Stewart was sentenced to 28 months in prison.
    (AP, 2/10/06)(SFC, 10/17/06, p.A5)
2005        Feb 10, Arthur Miller (b.1915), the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, died. His most famous fictional creation, Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" (1949), came to symbolize the American Dream gone awry.
    (AP, 2/11/05)(SFC, 2/12/05, p.A12)(Econ, 2/19/05, p.84)
2005        Feb 10, In central Argentina a riot broke out at the San Martin Prison housing 2,000 prisoners, leaving at least three inmates dead and two dozen guards hostage.
    (AP, 2/11/05)
2005        Feb 10, Britain's Prince Charles announced he would marry his divorced lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, in April.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2005        Feb 10, Vancouver, Canada, began a trial program giving addicts free heroin on condition that they accept treatment.
    (Econ, 2/12/05, p.36)
2005        Feb 10, Chile raised its key interest rate to 2.75% from 2.5%.
    (WSJ, 2/11/05, p.A9)
2005        Feb 10, In Haiti police hunting a rebel leader stormed a compound used by the disbanded army, exchanging gunfire with defenders. A grade school girl was killed in the crossfire.
    (AP, 2/11/05)
2005        Feb 10, A car bomb detonated by remote control exploded in a crowded central Baghdad square moments after an American military convoy passed, killing at least two Iraqis and wounding two others. Insurgents attacked Iraqi police in Salman Pak and killed at least 6.
    (AP, 2/10/05)(SFC, 2/11/05, p.A20)
2005        Feb 10, North Korea announced for the first time that it has nuclear arms and rejected moves to restart disarmament talks anytime soon, saying it needs the weapons as protection against an increasingly hostile United States.
    (AP, 2/10/05)
2005        Feb 10, Police in Nepal's capital arrested 12 rights activists and quashed a rally to protest the king's emergency rule, while rebels in the southwest killed five policemen and freed comrades from a jail during a raid on a town.
    (AP, 2/10/05)
2005        Feb 10, Heavy rains caused the Shakidor Dam to burst in southwestern Pakistan, releasing a torrent of water that killed at least 135 people. The country's total number of dead from weeklong rains and avalanches soon grew to 278.
    (AP, 2/11/05)(AP, 2/12/05)
2005        Feb 10, Palestinian militants fired dozens of mortar shells and homemade rockets at Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, prompting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to order his security forces to move quickly to preserve a new cease-fire with Israel. Abbas fired his top security commanders following the attacks.
    (AP, 2/10/05)(WSJ, 2/11/05, p.A1)
2005        Feb 10, In Peru President Alejandro Toledo said the government is considering subsidizing some of this Andean nation's poorest people with direct monthly cash payments.
    (AP, 2/10/05)
2005        Feb 10, Male voters converged at polling stations in the Riyadh region to participate in city elections, marking the first time Saudis are taking part in a vote that largely conforms to international standards. Women were banned from casting ballots.
    (AP, 2/10/05)
2005        Feb 10, Saudi Arabia confirmed a 2nd case of polio from 2004 and feared pilgrims to Mecca might spread the disease.
    (SFC, 2/11/05, p.A13)
2005        Feb 10, Togo turned away a plane carrying Nigerian peacemakers, drawing threats of sanctions and accusations from Nigeria that it was blocking efforts to resolve a crisis widely condemned as a military coup.
    (Reuters, 2/11/05)

2006        Feb 10, Former federal disaster chief Michael Brown told a Senate committee he had alerted the White House to how bad things were in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and agreed with senators who said he'd been made a scapegoat for government failures.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2006        Feb 10, The FBI and the California attorney general’s office said they had begun investigations in the theft by an int’l. counterfeiting ring of debit card numbers belonging to as many as 200,000 consumers.
    (SFC, 2/11/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 10, J Dilla (32), a founding member of hip-hop act Slum Village, died in Los Angeles. The Detroit-hailing rapper/producer succumbed to complications from lupus.
    (Reuters, 2/13/06)
2006        Feb 10, Dr. Norman Shumway (83), who performed the first successful heart transplant in the U.S., died in Palo Alto, Calif.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2006        Feb 10, In Afghanistan 8 soldiers were killed in an area NATO peacekeepers were set to enter.
    (WSJ, 2/11/06, p.A1)
2006        Feb 10, Tens of thousands of Muslims demonstrated against cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in Afghanistan, Kenya, Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Egypt, Israel and Jordan.
    (SFC, 2/11/06, p.A12)
2006        Feb 10, The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan negotiated one-on-one on ways to end the 18-year conflict over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, but reached no conclusion and planned more talks.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, Azerbaijan’s Health Ministry said a British laboratory had confirmed the H5N1 strain of bird flu in wild ducks and swans on its Absheron Peninsula. WHO said 88 people have died from bird flu since 2003.
    (SFC, 2/11/06, p.A8)
2006        Feb 10, Sam Rainsy, an exiled Cambodian opposition leader, returned home to cheering crowds of supporters after a royal pardon ended his long feud with PM Hun Sen.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, China's Ministry of Health said a woman had died of bird flu in the central province of Hunan, the eighth person killed by the virus in the country.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, Volkswagen announced that it would cut up to 20,000 jobs over the next 3 years from its western German workforce of 103,000, as well as demanding longer hours for no extra pay. The company share price rose 15% on the announcement.
    (Econ, 2/18/06, p.57)
2006        Feb 10, Greece and Italy said they had found swans with the H5N1 bird flu virus, the first known cases in the European Union of wild birds with the deadly strain of the disease.
    (Reuters, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 10, Hong Kong’s government announced that a dead chicken and Japanese White-eye found in Hong Kong have tested positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, In northern India Swami Sadanand Sant Gyaneshwar, a Hindu religious leader, and seven of his followers were shot and killed near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 10, A car bomb exploded outside a Sunni Muslim mosque in Baghdad, killing at least 8 people. Masked gunmen appeared at the scene later, killing one woman and wounding several other people near the blast-damaged building.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, Opening ceremonies were held in Turin, Italy, for the 20th Winter Olympics. Cross-country skier and gold medalist Stefania Belmondo lit the caldron.
    (SFC, 2/11/06, p.A1)(AP, 2/10/07)
2006        Feb 10, A leading marine conservation organization said Japan's stock of whale meat from hunting for scientific research is so large that the country has begun selling it as dog food.
    (Reuters, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, Kosovo lawmakers elected Fatmir Sejdiu (54), a moderate new president, paving the way for the start of talks on the province's future status.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, In Myanmar government officials said Win Aung, a former foreign minister ousted in a Cabinet reshuffle by the country's ruling military junta, has been put on trial for corruption charges.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, In western Nepal communist rebels clashed with soldiers, leaving seven people dead, as the royal government announced its mostly uncontested candidates swept discredited local elections.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, The editor of a small Christian newspaper in Norway apologized for offending Muslims by reprinting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in January.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, In northwestern Pakistan Shiites and Sunnis battled each other with rockets and gunfire, raising the death toll of two days of Muslim sectarian violence to 38.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, FBI agents in Puerto Rico searched five homes and a business to thwart what the agency said was a "domestic terrorist attack" planned by militants favoring independence for the US island territory.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, In southern Russia 2 days of fighting in a town in the Stavropol region, 25 miles north of Chechnya, left 12 suspected rebels and seven policemen dead.
    (AP, 2/11/06)
2006        Feb 10, In Sicily NATO defense ministers sought to calm Islamic anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad at a counterterrorism meeting with Arab countries including Israel, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Mauritania.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, In Turkey a Syrian was charged with masterminding suicide bombings that killed 58 people in Istanbul, and Turkish prosecutors claimed that Osama bin Laden personally ordered him to carry out terror attacks in this pro-Western country. Loa'i Mohammad Haj Bakr al-Saqa (32) was accused of serving as a point man between al-Qaida and homegrown militants behind the series of suicide bombings in Istanbul in 2003, said the indictment. It said al-Saqa gave the Turkish militants about $170,000. He was captured in Turkey in August after an alleged failed plot to attack Israeli cruise ships in the Mediterranean.
    (AP, 2/10/06)
2006        Feb 10, The UN said Secretary-General Kofi Annan has sent Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo a $3.6 million bill for UN property and equipment damaged or lost during January riots.
    (Reuters, 2/10/06)

2007        Feb 10, Democrat Barack Obama announced in Illinois that he is running for the White House in 2008.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, In Afghanistan a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle near a NATO convoy outside Kandahar city, killing himself but hurting no one else.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, Azerbaijan’s population, at about 8 million, was mostly Shia Muslim.
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.49)
2007        Feb 10, It was reported that researchers in Bolivia had found that the more education a Tsimane villager had, the longer he was willing to delay gratification in return for a bigger reward.
    (Econ, 2/10/07, p.86)
2007        Feb 10, Canadian National Railway Co. said that 2,800 of its conductors and yard-service workers at its operations in Canada began a strike, a work stoppage that could affect the country's key shipments of grain, timber and other commodities.
    (Reuters, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, A group of scientists and nature lovers exploring tunnels on Tenerife in the Canary Islands became trapped underground and at least 6 of them died after apparently inhaling toxic gases.
    (AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 10, In Guinea at least four people were killed in Conakry as protesters rioted against the president's decision to appoint a political ally as prime minister.
    (AP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, In Indian Kashmir 2 suspected Muslim rebels and a civilian died in a gunbattle with troops when militants opened fire on an army patrol.
    (AFP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, The death toll from massive flooding in Indonesia rose to 80.
    (AFP, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, In Iraq Gen. David Petraeus (b.1952) took command of the 135,000-strong US force. Gunmen ambushed two Shiite houses south of Baghdad, killing three members of one family and wounding two of their neighbors. Gunmen killed eight new recruits for the police border forces as they were returning to their homes near the border with Syria.
    (AP, 2/10/07)(AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin, while visiting Munich for a security conference, warned that the increased use of military force by the US is creating a new arms race, with smaller nations turning toward developing nuclear weapons.
    (AP, 2/10/07)(WSJ, 2/12/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 10, In Somalia mortar attacks in a residential area and on a hotel in Mogadishu killed five people and injured 10. In Kismayo two people were killed after an explosion hit a rally in support of foreign peacekeepers, prompting government troops to fire into a crowd of thousands.
    (AP, 2/10/07)(AP, 2/11/07)
2007        Feb 10, UN police in Kosovo fired teargas and rubber bullets during clashes with ethnic Albanians protesting against a UN plan on the fate of the breakaway Serbian province.
    (Reuters, 2/10/07)
2007        Feb 10, In South Korea a fire at a detention center killed 10 people and injured 17 others, mostly Chinese, who were waiting deportation for illegal entry to the country.
    (AP, 2/11/07)

2008        Feb 10, In the Grammy Awards Amy Winehouse won five of the six awards for which she was nominated. Album of the Year went to jazzman Herbie Hancock for his Joni Mitchell tribute album. Barack Obama won best spoken word album for the audio version of his book "The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream."
    (AP, 2/11/08)
2008        Feb 10, Barack Obama added the Maine Democratic presidential caucus to the three contests he swept a day earlier against rival Hillary Rodham Clinton.
    (AP, 2/11/08)
2008        Feb 10, Steve Gerber (80), the comic book writer and creator whose signature character was the alienated, cigar-chomping Howard the Duck, died in Las Vegas. Gerber, who also co-created Marvel's "Omega the Unknown" and created the 1980s animated series "Thundarr the Barbarian," suffered from pulmonary fibrosis.
    (AP, 2/15/08)
2008        Feb 10, Roy Scheider (b.1932), actor and a one-time boxer, died. His broken nose and pugnacious acting style made him a star in "The French Connection." He later uttered "You're gonna need a bigger boat,” one of cinematic history's most memorable lines in "Jaws.”
    (AP, 2/11/08)(SFC, 2/11/08, p.A2)
2008        Feb 10, Ray J. Wu, Chinese-born professor at Cornell Univ. and creator of a transgenic rice, died.
    (WSJ, 2/16/08, p.A6)
2008        Feb 10, State media reported that China has lost about one tenth of its forest resources to recent snow storms regarded as the most severe in half a century.
    (AP, 2/10/08)
2008        Feb 10, The Africa Cup of Nations, a biennial soccer tournament held this year in Ghana, ended with Egypt’s defeat of Cameroon 1-0.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_African_Cup_of_Nations)
2008        Feb 10, In northern Iraq car bombs and gunmen struck new US allies, police and civilians. At least 80 people were reported killed or found dead in a spasm of violence that coincided with a visit by US Defense Secretary Robert Gates to Baghdad. A US soldier was killed in a roadside bombing. 8 masked gunmen wielding machine guns stormed the Sultan Palace Hotel in Basra and seized a British reporter and his Iraqi interpreter. Richard Butler was seized in Basra with his translator and held hostage for two months. Butler was rescued on April 14. In 2011 the Iraqi central criminal court issued a 15-year prison sentence against a defendant for kidnapping the British journalist Richard Butler.
    (AP, 2/11/08)(SFC, 2/11/08, p.A14)(AP, 2/12/08)(AFP, 7/2/11)
2008        Feb 10, In Nigeria 6 people, including three policemen, were killed in a gun battle with robbers in Nigeria's commercial city Lagos.
    (AFP, 2/11/08)
2008        Feb 10, Norway closed its embassy in the Afghan capital because of terror threats.
    (AP, 2/11/08)
2008        Feb 10, In South Korea a fire destroyed the 610-year old wooden structure at the top of the Namdaemun gate. The two-tiered wooden structure was renovated in the 1960s, when it was declared South Korea's top national treasure. The next day police arrested a man, who admitted to the arson. Chae Jong-ki (69) was later convicted of violating the Cultural Properties Protection Law and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 2/11/08)(SFC, 2/12/08, p.A16)(AP, 4/24/08)
2008        Feb 10, The UN refugee agency said up to 12,000 "terrified" refugees from Sudan's Darfur region have fled across the border to neighboring Chad after the latest air strikes by the Sudanese military and thousands more may be on their way.
    (AP, 2/10/08)
2008        Feb 10, In Switzerland armed robbers stole paintings by Cezanne, Degas, van Gogh and Monet worth $163.2 million from the E.G. Buehrle Collection in Zurich, one of Europe's finest private museums for Impressionist and post-Impressionist art.
    (AP, 2/11/08)
2008        Feb 10, President Hugo Chavez threatened to cut off oil sales to the United States in an "economic war" if Exxon Mobil Corp. wins court judgments to seize billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets.
    (AP, 2/10/08)

2009        Feb 10, Timothy Geithner, US Treasury Secretary, outlined the government stimulus package. As much as $2.5 trillion, including $350 billion from the bailout fund, would come from the Federal Reserve and private investors. The US Senate approved an $838.2 billion stimulus bill with 3 Republicans joining Democrats in the 61-37 vote.
    (SFC, 2/11/09, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/11/09, p.A1)
2009        Feb 10, The US Postal Service announced that the price of a first-class stamp will rise to 44 cents on May 11. The Postal Service said it lost $2.8 billion last year and, unless the economy turns around, is headed toward much larger losses this year.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, General Motors Corp. said it will cut 10,000 salaried jobs, citing the need to restructure itself with a government deadline looming and amid some of the worst sales in the auto industry's history.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, Teens in Kalamazoo, Michigan, beat a 50-year-old bicyclist leaving the man critically injured. On March 26 five teens were charged in the beating.
    (SFC, 3/27/09, p.A8)
2009        Feb 10, In Oklahoma an unusual cluster of twisters ripped across the state killing eight people. The eight confirmed deaths included seven people in Lone Grove and a truck driver who was driving through the area.
    (AP, 2/11/09)
2009        Feb 10, The Utah state Department of Agriculture said Africanized honey bees have been found for the first time in the Beehive State. The bees, long the subject of lore as "killer bees," were recently discovered in Utah's Washington and Kane counties.
    (AP, 2/12/09)
2009        Feb 10, The first-ever collision between two satellites occurred over Siberia when a derelict Russian military communications satellite, Cosmos 2251, crossed paths with a US Iridium satellite.
    (AP, 2/12/09)(Econ, 8/21/10, p.65)
2009        Feb 10, In Afghanistan a bomb struck a NATO convoy, killing two soldiers and wounding one. Police spokesman Wazir Pacha said the attack in Khost province was carried out by a suicide bomber in a vehicle. But a NATO spokesman blamed the attack on a roadside bomb.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, The British government banned Dutch right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders from visiting the country to show his anti-Islam film "Fitna" at the Houses of Parliament. In a telephone interview Wilders called the government's decision "cowardly" and vowed to defy it.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, In England William Foxton (65), died from a single bullet wound to the head in the southern port city of Southampton. He killed himself after losing his life savings in an alleged $50 billion fraud run by Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff. Foxton had served in the British Army and more recently worked as a defense contractor in Afghanistan.
    (AP, 2/14/09)
2009        Feb 10, The European Union announced that it has signed a pact with 17 social networking providers including Facebook, MySpace and Google to improve safeguards against the bullying of teenagers online.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, EU ministers demanded the reopening of negotiations with Liechtenstein on fighting fraud.
    (Econ, 2/21/09, p.53)
2009        Feb 10, A tanker burst into flames after colliding with a container ship in a shipping channel off the coast of Dubai. The Maltese-flagged tanker, Kashmir, was carrying about 30,000 tons of oil condensate.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, President Nicolas Sarkozy made the first-ever visit by a French head of state to Iraq, seeking to reassert French influence in the country even as the US prepares to draw down its forces.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, In Israel front-runners moderate Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and former PM Benjamin Netanyahu made last-minute appeals to voters as polls opened in a close general election whose outcome could determine the course of Mideast peace negotiations.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, In Mexico a drug gang kidnapped and killed six people near a town in the US-Mexican border region, prompting a series of gunbattles with soldiers that left 15 others dead. The violence started when gunmen kidnapped nine alleged members of a rival drug gang in Villa Ahumada and executed six of them along the PanAmerican Highway outside of the town.
    (AP, 2/11/09)
2009        Feb 10, Nigerian union officials said a 2-day-old strike by freight and forwarding agents to protest high charges was worsening cargo congestion in Lagos, the country's main seaport.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, Pakistan called for a new strategy of dialogue to combat militancy and urged Washington to reconsider military action on its territory in its first talks with US envoy Richard Holbrooke.
    (AFP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, An unmanned Russian cargo ship lifted off from Kazakhstan carrying supplies and a space suit to the international space station and its three-member crew. American astronauts Michael Fincke and Sandra Magnus are aboard the station along with Russian Yuri Lonchakov. The crew size will be doubled to six members later this year.
    (AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, Sri Lanka's military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said Tamil Tiger guerrillas shot dead 19 civilians and wounded 75 others fleeing territory still under rebel control. The Red Cross loaded some 240 sick and wounded onto a boat to evacuate them from the war zone.
    (AFP, 2/10/09)(AP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, A Sudanese government delegation met Darfur rebels from the Justice and Equality Movement in the Qatari capital for their first peace contacts since 2007.
    (AFP, 2/10/09)
2009        Feb 10, Taiwan's former first lady admitted to laundering $2.2 million and forging documents, the latest in a judicial process that has seen her husband stage a jailhouse hunger strike, her daughter lash out at media, and her son plead guilty to similar charges.
    (AP, 2/10/09)

2010        Feb 10, The US Treasury Department said it was freezing the assets in US jurisdictions of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Rostam Qasemi and four subsidiaries of a previously penalized construction firm he runs because of their alleged involvement in producing and spreading weapons of mass destruction.
    (AP, 2/11/10)
2010        Feb 10, Snow, wind and slush hounded eastern commuters as blizzard warnings from Baltimore to New York City heralded the second major storm in a region already largely blanketed by weekend snowfall. Snow was falling from northern Virginia to Connecticut after crawling out of the Midwest, where the storm canceled hundreds of flights and was blamed for three traffic deaths in Michigan.
    (AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 10, Charlie Wilson (b.1933), former Texas congressman (1973-1996), died. His deal-making funneled millions of dollars in weapons to Afghanistan to back rebels fighting the Soviet Army. He was also known as “Good Time Charlie” for his reputation as a hard-drinking womanizer. In 2003 George Crile authored “Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times.” In 2007 the film “Charlie Wilson's War” starred Tom Hanks as Charlie Wilson.
    (SFC, 2/11/10, p.A8)(Econ, 2/20/10, p.84)
2010        Feb 10, Bolivia said it has created a space agency to build and launch the country’s first satellite. The government will initially invest $1 million in the Bolivian Space Agency.
    (SFC, 2/11/10, p.A2)
2010        Feb 10, In Brazil a TV news helicopter pilot steered his crippled, out-of-control aircraft away from a busy highway in Sao Paulo before crashing in a grassy field during rush hour, losing his own life but avoiding greater casualties. A cameraman onboard was seriously injured.
    (AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 10, A Brazilian health official said 32 elderly people had died in the southeastern city of Santos this week because of a heat wave that has pushed temperatures to unseasonably high levels.
    (AP, 2/11/10)
2010        Feb 10, China declared a new food-safety campaign after contaminated milk products from an earlier scandal showed up repackaged in several places around the country, exposing weaknesses in the country's promise to stop such problems from happening again.
    (AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 10, In Greece a strike by civil servants shut schools and grounded flights across the country, as unions challenged cutbacks aimed at ending a government debt crisis that has shaken the entire European Union.
    (AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 10, Iran's top police official says authorities have made a series of arrests of suspected opposition activists before expected Feb 11 protest rallies.
    (AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 10, In Iraq an American soldier died of injuries unrelated to combat.
    (AP, 2/11/10)
2010        Feb 10, An Israeli TV station said it has uncovered evidence that Palestinian Authority officials have stolen millions of dollars in public funds.
    (AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 10, In Myanmar a court sentenced Nyi Nyi Aung, a Burmese-born American, to 3 years of hard labor for carrying a forged identity card, undeclared US currency and for not renouncing his nationality after becoming a US citizen. He was arrested last September when he returned to visit his mother, an imprisoned democracy activist suffering from cancer.
    (SFC, 2/11/10, p.A2)
2010        Feb 10, Nigerian Vice President Goodluck Jonathan removed the powerful justice minister in his first major step since assuming executive powers in the absence of President Umaru Yar'Adua. Outgoing Justice Minister and Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa had been among the group of ministers who held out most strenuously against formally transferring power to Jonathan.
    (Reuters, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 10, Pakistan's top civilian security official said Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud has died. It was the government's first categorical confirmation of Mehsud’s death, whose passing is likely to weaken, but not vanquish, the al-Qaida-linked insurgent network he led. On April 29 intelligence officials reversed claims that Mehsud had died, handing militants something of a propaganda victory.
    (Reuters, 2/10/10)(AP, 4/29/10)
2010        Feb 10, In Somalia at least 11 civilians were killed when African Union forces in Mogadishu responded to an insurgent mortar attack on their base. At least four security personnel and a civilian were killed when two groups of security officers fought over where to collect their salaries.
    (AFP, 2/10/10)(AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 10, In Sri Lanka opposition supporters protesting the arrest of their defeated presidential candidate scuffled with government-backers on the streets of Colombo before police fired tear gas and broke up the clashes.
    (AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 10, In Sudan Mohamed Musa (23), a Darfuri student, was abducted in Khartoum and later found dead. Fellow students later said they had seen his body, that his hands were burned, his head and body beaten, cut and swollen and his clothes soaked in blood.
    (AP, 2/15/10)
2010        Feb 10, Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yanukovich called on defeated rival Yulia Tymoshenko to resign as prime minister, turning up the pressure even as her camp contested the result of the Feb 7 presidential election.
    (Reuters, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 10, In Uruguay former dictator Juan Maria Bordaberry, in office from 1971 to 1976, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for violating the constitution when he led a 1973 coup that began 12 years of dictatorship.
    (AP, 2/10/10)
2010        Feb 10, Vietnam’s central bank devalued its currency, the dong, by 3.4%. This followed a devaluation of 5.4% last November.
    (Econ, 3/6/10, p.59)
2010        Feb 10, Twelve Yemeni soldiers and 24 Shiite rebels were killed in clashes despite the announcement of an imminent accord to end six months of fighting.
    (AFP, 2/11/10)

2011        Feb 10, The US computer security firm McAfee Inc said in a report that hackers working in China over the last 2-4 years broke into the computer systems of 6 European and US energy companies to steal bidding plans and other critical proprietary information.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11)(SFC, 2/25/11, p.D5)
2011        Feb 10, Arizona filed a lawsuit against the federal government, alleging that Washington has failed to secure the state's porous border with Mexico.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, In Missouri a St. Louis police officer shot and killed an off-duty sheriff's deputy late in the day when the deputy, described as intoxicated and agitated, appeared to pull out a gun during an argument.
    (Reuters, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 10, The Montana House of Representatives voted to repeal the state’s 6-year-old medical marijuana law.
    (SFC, 2/11/11, p.A6)
2011        Feb 10, In Cary, North Carolina, Devon Mitchell (19), who took 6 people hostage at a Raleigh suburb bank, was shot to death as he tried to leave with a woman hostage. Police later reported that Mitchell did not have a firearm.
    (SFC, 2/11/11, p.A6)(SFC, 2/14/11, p.A4)
2011        Feb 10, The Hershey Trust Co. fired board member Robert Reese, a former top Hershey Co. executive. Reese had filed documents in Pennsylvania saying the Hershey Trust has allowed excessive compensation for board members, violations of federal banking regulations and free limousine rides and rounds of golf.
    (SFC, 2/11/11, p.A6)(http://freedomofspeech.kicks-ass.org/?q=node/5034)
2011        Feb 10, In Utah first-degree felony count of sodomy on a child and two second-degree felony counts of sexual abuse of a child were filed against Keith Brown (55), father of the 5 Browns classical piano group. The Brown children severed their professional relationship with their father in October of 2008.
    (AP, 2/17/11)
2011        Feb 10, In Allentown, Pennsylvania, a natural gas explosion rocked a downtown neighborhood overnight, leveling two houses and spawning fires that burned for hours through an entire row of neighboring homes. One person was killed, and at least five others were unaccounted for.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, The Afghan intelligence service exposed the workings of two suicide bomber cells. One was run for 3 years by Talib Jan, a Taliban commander jailed in the Pul-e-Charki maximum security prison in Kabul. A suicide bomber killed Chardara district governor Abdul Wahid Omerkhail and two others after walking into the administrator's office in Kunduz province to hand over a letter.
    (SFC, 2/11/11, p.A5)(AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Argentine authorities seized nearly 1,000 cubic feet of undeclared equipment, describing it as machine guns and ammunition, drugs and spy equipment. It was on a US Air Force C-17 cargo plane that landed with material for a training course that a US Special Forces team had been invited to provide to Argentina's federal police. The course was canceled and the C-17 flew home with the Special Forces team. A US State Department official with knowledge of the events said afterwards that all the key material in the shipment was properly declared and authorized by Argentina, describing the undeclared equipment as a minor problem with the plane's manifest that could have been resolved privately. On March 10 a judge said Americans committed no crimes and formally closed the case. The incident cost US taxpayers more than $1 million.
    (AP, 2/15/11)(AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Australian PM Julia Gillard introduced contentious legislation for a one-off tax to help pay for devastating floods which killed 35 people and swamped thousands of homes.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Austrian police said vandals have destroyed a 500-year-old grapevine in the village of St. Georgen that was believed to have been a direct ancestor of the popular gruner veltliner wine, known as gru-vee in the US.
    (SFC, 2/11/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 10, PetroChina said it is purchasing half of a prolific shale gas project from Canada's Encana Corp for C$5.4 billion ($5.4 billion), marking the largest Chinese investment yet in a foreign natural gas asset.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11) 
2011        Feb 10, In Dubai convicted killer Rashid Rabee al-Rashidi, a 30-year-old boat captain, was put to death by a firing squad in the first execution in the United Arab Emirates in three years. The execution followed his conviction for raping and killing a boy (4) in a mosque bathroom in November 2009.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Egypt’s state television reported that the state prosecutor has launched a formal corruption investigation against three former government ministers and a former ruling party leader. In a late night speech President Hosni Mubarak handed most of his powers to his vice president but refused to step down. Shock that Mubarak did not step down turned to rage the next day, and protests escalated.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11)(AP, 2/10/11)(AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 10, French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.
    (AFP, 2/11/11)
2011        Feb 10, French judges demonstrated in cities throughout France, with the main march in the western city of Nantes, where a teenage waitress disappeared on Jan 19. A police hunt found her severed limbs and head in the waters of an abandoned quarry. Pres. Sarkozy’s incautious comments about the suspect, and his complaints of incompetence in the legal system, sparked the revolt among judges, prosecutors and lawyers.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Tullow Oil announced a new discovery off Ghana, raising the possibility of further potential off the West African nation which only recently began large-scale production.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, India's Supreme Court told the government to set up a special court to speed up hearings into an alleged telecoms fraud that cost the nation up to $40 billion in lost revenues.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, A rebel group in India's violence-plagued northeast began peace talks with the government in an effort to end a decades-old insurgency.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, India and Pakistan announced they would resume wide-ranging peace talks that were frozen after the 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai, which were blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
    (AP, 2/10/11)  
2011        Feb 10, In Iraq a car bomb killed 8 pilgrims on the road to the Shiite shrine in Samarra, a highly sensitive site still being rebuilt after a 2006 attack that sheered off its gleaming golden dome and engulfed the country in years of sectarian bloodshed. Iraqi lawyers called for the end of judicial corruption and prisoner abuse in a protest that was one of the biggest anti-government demonstrations in Iraq since the start of popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, In Ireland a commuter plane crashed and burst into flames, killing six people and injuring another six, as it tried to land in heavy fog at Cork airport.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, In Mexico gunmen barged into a bar in Ciudad Juarez and opened fire late at night, killing seven women and one man. By the next morning 10 more people were killed in other shootings in the city.
    (AP, 2/11/11)(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A2)
2011        Feb 10, In Pakistan a teenage suicide bomber killed up to 31 army recruits at a parade ground. The Taliban said it was revenge for US drone strikes and local military offensives.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Panamanian lawmakers repealed a law preventing foreign government investment in mining, clearing the way for Canada's Inmet Mining to build the largest copper mine in Central America.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, Russian environmental activist Alla Chernysheva (35) was detained with her 2 daughters (3&6), the latest victim in a campaign to silence opponents of a new Moscow-St. Petersburg highway that is tearing up the ancient Khimki forest. Authorities announced a March start date for the highway. According to police Chernysheva was arrested on suspicion of taking a fake bomb to a Feb. 1 protest rally.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma announced a raft of economic incentives to create jobs, including tax breaks for the manufacturing sector, in his second State of the Nation address.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20110211/wl_csm/362777)
2011        Feb 10, The fighting in Southern Sudan between the region's army and a rebel faction left 105 people dead, including 39 civilians, 24 southern soldiers and police officers and 42 rebels. Rebel commander George Athor's troops captured Fangak a day earlier, and the fighting continued today until the southern military retook it. Rebel troops attacked the town of Phom el-Zeraf over two days. Women and children ran for their lives — straight into a river, where many drowned or were shot to death. Some 240 people, mostly civilians, were killed.
    (AP, 2/11/11)(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A3)(AP, 3/11/11)(http://tinyurl.com/4bsgaep)
2011        Feb 10, In western Switzerland a Roman Catholic diocese said it has suspended two priests after allegations they sexually abused minors.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, A new Thai airline reported the hiring of transsexual ladyboys as flight attendants, aiming at a unique identity to set itself apart from competitors as it sets out for the skies. PC Air, a charter airline set to start operations on Asian routes in April, has thus far chosen 4 ladyboys, along with 19 female and 7 male flight attendants.
    (Reuters, 2/10/11)

2012        Feb 10, Pres. Obama offered a compromise that would allow women to obtain free contraception, but would require them to obtain it directly from their insurance companies if their employers object to birth control because of religious beliefs.
    (SFC, 2/11/12, p.A1)
2012        Feb 10, In Alabama Uzbekistan-born Ulugbek Kodirov (22) pleaded guilty to plotting to kill Pres. Obama with a rifle. He claimed to be acting on behalf of a terror group in his home country.
    (SFC, 2/11/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 10, Former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos was sentenced to nearly 9 years in prison for soliciting sexual favors in exchange for not issuing traffic tickets against young women.
    (SFC, 2/11/12, p.A5)
2012        Feb 10, In California information from death row inmate Wesley Shermantine led trained dogs to a site in Calaveras County containing the remains of Chevelle Wheeler (16), who disappeared while skipping school in 1985. A day earlier the same dogs found the remains of Cyndi Vanderheiden (25), last seen in front of her home in San Joaquin County in 1998.
    (SFC, 2/11/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 10, In New Hampshire Hunter Mack (14) shot himself in the face at the Walpole Elementary School cafeteria filled with dozens of students eating lunch. Mack, was hospitalized after the shooting. A relationship issue was suspected.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In North Dakota the vice president in charge of overseeing a foreign students program resigned following a report that the school had awarded hundreds of degrees to foreign students who did not earn them.
    (SSFC, 2/12/12, p.A14)
2012        Feb 10, In Spokane, Washington, Tracy Ann Ader and her two sons, 8 & 10, were killed. The body of suspect Dustin Gilman (22) was found on Feb 13. The Aders had befriended him and he had lived with the family for several months.
    (SFC, 2/14/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/73zjz2p)
2012        Feb 10, In southern Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle on patrol, leaving five policemen dead and one wounded in Trin Kot, the capital of Uruzgan province. A car was also hit by a roadside bomb in the Khinjak area of Trin Kot, killing one person and wounding two others.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, Argentina accused Britain of sending nuclear weapons to the disputed Falkland islands, while UN leader Ban Ki-moon appealed to both sides to avoid an "escalation" of their sovereignty battle.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Bahrain tens of thousands of anti-government protesters streamed toward an empty lot dubbed 'Freedom Square' in the village of Miqsha outside the capital Manama. They sought to occupy the site for the one-year anniversary of their uprising in the Gulf kingdom. Three people were severely wounded by tear gas canisters fired at the protesters.
    (AP, 2/10/12)(AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, Bosnia’s Parliament approved a new Cabinet in a vote of 26-7, with one abstention. The leadership has promised to immediately tackle the country's economic problems, including its pressing lack of a budget.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Brazil police and firefighters in Rio went on strike, a week before glittering Carnival celebrations that typically draw 800,000 tourists were due to start. Union officials expected anywhere from 50% to 70% of 58,000 officers to join the strike. Union members were not content with legislative approval of a 39% raise to be staggered over this year and the next, along with a promise of more in 2014.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, Mayor Boris Johnson said London will be the first city in England to test electronic monitoring to force persistent alcohol offenders to stop drinking. The trial program was expected to start later this year. Electronic devices which continuously monitor alcohol are used in several US states. Offenders who break their no-drink order can be sent to jail.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, Judge Duncan Ouseley ruled in London's High Court: "The saying of prayers as part of the formal meeting of a council is not lawful under section 111 of the Local Government Act 1972, and there is no statutory power permitting the practice to continue." The legal challenge was launched in July 2010 after the National Secular Society was contacted by Clive Bone, a non-believer who was then a councilor in Bideford.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, Chinese PM Wen Jiabao pledged religious freedom and cultural protection in Tibet, just hours after security forces reportedly killed two Tibetans who protested China's rule.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, Nearly 2,000 Syrians took part in a demonstration outside the Syrian consulate in Dubai.
    (AP, 2/26/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Egypt hundreds of protesters marched to the defense ministry in Cairo demanding the military rulers' ouster, on the eve of a planned civil disobedience campaign to mark Hosni Mubarak's overthrow a year ago. Armed tribesmen kidnapped three South Korean tourists and their Egyptian guide in the Sinai peninsula. All 4 were released the next day and plan to continue their tour.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)(AP, 2/10/12)(AFP, 2/12/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Greece violence broke as over 15,000 people took to the streets of Athens after unions launched a 2-day general strike to protest spending cuts.
    (SFC, 2/11/12, p.A3)
2012        Feb 10, Guinea Bissau PM Carlos Gomes Junior named Adiato Djalo Nandigna, his current communications minister, to stand in for him until presidential polls on March 18 in which he is a candidate.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Hong Kong mainland woman Xu Li (29) was charged in a magistrates' court for her role as a "birth agent," the first prosecution of its kind as the southern city cracks down on the practice.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Israel a general strike in Israel entered its third day after negotiations between unions and government broke down.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Jamaica Wilmot Perkins (80), a veteran journalist considered the island's "godfather of talk radio," died. He worked for more than 50 years in radio, launching his first program "What's your Grouse?" on RJR 94FM in 1960. He quit a couple years later to become a farmer but returned to radio in the 1970s, ultimately launching a show called "Perkins On Line" on Hot102 FM.
    (AP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said more than 40,000 people have fled recent clashes between two northern Kenyan tribes over access to water and pasture. The clashes pit two traditional rivals, the Borana and the Gabra, around the town of Moyale on the Ethiopian border.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In central Mexico a mob in the village of San Mateo Hitzilzingo beat three suspected kidnappers to death. Two of the men on fire during the attack. Some 300 angry people took the three men out of the town's police station and began beating them after a woman screamed that they were kidnappers.
    (AP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, From Niger Saadi Kadhafi, one of the sons of Libya's slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi, said a nationwide rebellion is brewing against the country's new rulers as he vowed to return to his homeland.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Nigeria officers from the State Security Service and soldiers raided a home in Mutum Biyu, Taraba state, where Kabiru Sokoto, alleged mastermind of a radical Islamist sect's Christmas Day church bombing, was hiding. He had escaped a day after his arrest in January. They found Sokoto hiding behind a rack of drying laundry. Two explosions went off outside a customs building in Maiduguri, killing four bombers and wounding two soldiers.
    (AP, 2/10/12)(AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, A Russian military court convicted Lt. Col. Vladimir Nesterets of providing the CIA with secret information on Russia's new intercontinental ballistic missiles and sentenced him to 13 years in prison. The Federal Security Service said Nesterets pleaded guilty to passing on that classified information in exchange for money.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Saudi Arabia Zuhair al-Said (21) was killed as security forces dispersed a protest against the death of another Shiite demonstrator the previous day.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Slovenia Janez Jansa (b.1958), a former prime minister (2004-2008) again took office as prime minister.
    (Economist, 9/22/12, p.63)
2012        Feb 10, Eight South Korean lawmakers made a high-profile visit to a modern factory park that sits just across the world's most heavily armed border and represents the last major cooperative initiative between the two rival Koreas.
    (AP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, Spain’s new conservative government approved sweeping labor market reforms as part of a drive to revive the economy and reduce the nearly 23% unemployment.
    (SFC, 2/11/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 10, Swaziland’s main teachers' union said the government has let go 1,200 school teachers, leaving classrooms empty just one month into the school year. The union threatened mass action.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Syria 2 explosions struck security compounds in Aleppo, killing 28 people, the first significant violence in a major city that has largely stood by President Bashar Assad in the 11-month-old uprising against his rule. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 27 civilians were killed as security forces opened fire on antigovernment protesters who streamed out of mosques. A Syria-based activist, said the regime appears to be trying to take over rebel-held areas in Homs and the northwestern restive province of Idlib before Feb. 17, when Assad's ruling Baath party is scheduled to hold its first general conference since 2005.
    (AP, 2/10/12)(SFC, 2/11/12, p.A3)
2012        Feb 10, Turkey Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said that five Turks, including a former intelligence officer, were being questioned for allegedly kidnapping and handing over to Damascus Lt. Col. Hussein Harmoush, a Syrian army officer, who had sought refuge in Turkey.
    (AP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 10, The UN refugee agency said it needs $145 million (110 million euros) in extra funds to help thousands fleeing fighting in Sudan's Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)
2012        Feb 10, In Yemen thousands rallied in Sanaa to back a single-candidate presidential election planned for later this month that has sparked protests in the south.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)

2013        Feb 10, In California 3 people died in a helicopter crash in a rural area of northern Los Angeles. The helicopter was being used for a reality TV show.
    (SFC, 2/11/13, p.A5)
2013        Feb 10, The Carnival Triumph began floating aimlessly about 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula after a fire erupted in the aft engine room, knocking out the ship's propulsion system. Passengers had limited access to bathrooms, food and hot coffee as they waited for two tugboats to arrive to tow them to port. The ship arrived into Mobile Bay, Alabama, on Feb 14.
    (AP, 2/11/13)(SFC, 2/15/13, p.A11)
2013        Feb 10, In Afghanistan US Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford took over as the new and probably last commander of all US and international forces in the country.
    (AP, 2/10/13)
2013        Feb 10, Opposing factions in Bahrain began talks to ease an Arab Spring conflict that has run longer than Syria's rebellion and is playing out on the doorstep of the US military's main naval base in the Persian Gulf.
    (AP, 2/10/13)
2013        Feb 10, In the Canary Islands a lifeboat with occupants fell overboard during a safety drill from a cruise ship docked at the pier of Santa Cruz port in La Palma. 5 crew members were killed and three injured.
    (AP, 2/10/13)(SFC, 2/11/13, p.A2)
2013        Feb 10, The Chinese New Year, celebrated as the beginning of the year of the Snake, officially began.
    (SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A10)
2013        Feb 10, Rabbi David Hartman (81), one of the world's leading Jewish philosophers and a promoter of both Jewish pluralism and interfaith dialogue, died in Israel.
    (AP, 2/10/13)
2013        Feb 10, In Allahabad, India, a stampede killed 37 people following the Kumbh Mela religious gathering. Tens of thousands of people were in the station waiting to board a train when railway officials announced a last-minute change in the platform.
    (AP, 2/11/13)
2013        Feb 10, In Iraq gunmen killed four people in three attacks in the northern city of Mosul.
    (AP, 2/10/13)
2013        Feb 10, The Israeli government gave final approval for construction of 90 new homes in a West Bank settlement, a move that could cause tensions with the US ahead of President Obama's visit to the region.
    (AP, 2/11/13)
2013        Feb 10, One person was killed as protests broke out in at least two parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir despite a strict curfew to prevent violence after the execution of a Kashmiri man convicted in a deadly 2001 attack on India's Parliament.
    (AP, 2/10/13)
2013        Feb 10, Malian soldiers with rocket propelled grenades traded fire in Gao with combatants believed to be from the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa, or MUJAO. Islamic fighters invaded through Gao’s Niger River harbor and fought a protracted downtown battle for hours.
    (AP, 2/10/13)(AP, 2/11/13)
2013        Feb 10, Acclaimed Spanish writer Antonio Munoz Molina said he will accept the prestigious Jerusalem Prize, an Israeli award given to authors, despite calls from pro-Palestinian activists to boycott the Jewish state.
    (AP, 2/10/13)
2013        Feb 10, Syrian troops and opposition forces battled for control of a key highway outside Damascus for the fifth straight day as the rebels continued their campaign to push into the capital, the seat of President Bashar Assad's power.
    (AP, 2/10/13)
2013        Feb 10, In southern Thailand suspected militants killed 5 soldiers and wounded 5 others in two roadside attacks.
    (SFC, 2/11/13, p.A2)
2013        Feb 10, Tunisia’s state news agency reported that the Congress for the Republic party, led by President Moncef Marzouki, is quitting the coalition government, which is led by Islamist party Ennahda.
    (AP, 2/10/13)

2014        Feb 10, Shirley Temple Black (b.1928), child film star and US diplomat, died at her home in Woodside, Ca.
    (SFC, 1/26/06, p.E3)(SFC, 2/12/14, p.A1)
2014        Feb 10, In Afghanistan a car bomb in Kabul killed two US contractors for the international security force ISAF. A coalition soldier was killed in a separate attack in the east.
    (Reuters, 2/10/14)(SFC, 2/11/14, p.A2)
2014        Feb 10, Brazil’s Band TV said that 49-year-old journalist Santiago Andrade remains in a coma on life support, but that doctors have declared him brain dead. He was hit in the head on Feb 6 by a powerful flare fired during a protest against a 10-cent hike in bus fares in Rio.
    (AP, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 10, Thousands of Bosnian protesters called for the resignation of their regional government, ratcheting up demands on the sixth straight day of demonstrations over unemployment, corruption and political paralysis.
    (Reuters, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 10, The River Thames burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London.
    (AP, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 10, In Burundi at least 60 people perished in flooding and landslides following a night of torrential rain in Bujumbura that swept away hundreds of homes and cut off roads and power.
    (AFP, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 10, The EU agreed to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the island in 2008.
    (Reuters, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 10, Greek police arrested four foreigners and seized weapons and explosives in a raid by the country's anti-terrorist unit on residences in the greater Athens area. Media said they appeared to be Turkish nationals suspected of belonging to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP/C.
    (AP, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 10, Penguin Books India agreed to withdraw from sale all copies of "The Hindus: An Alternative History" (2011) by Wendy Doniger, a book that takes an unorthodox view of Hinduism, and will pulp them as part of a settlement after a case was filed against the publisher.
    (Reuters, 2/11/14)
2014        Feb 10, In Iraq militants accidentally set off their own car bomb at a training camp in an orchard in the village of al-Jalam, leaving 21 dead and resulting in two dozen arrests.
    (AP, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 10, In Kenya gays and lesbians joined a global effort to protest against an anti-homosexuality bill passed by Uganda's parliament that is now in the hands of the country's president.
    (AP, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 10, In the Netherlands former health minister Els Borst (81), a woman who drafted the nation's landmark 2002 law permitting euthanasia, was found dead in her garage. Police ruled out natural causes.
    (AP, 2/11/14)
2014        Feb 10, Saudi state media said a court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for protesting and disseminating photos of demonstrations online.
    (AP, 2/11/14)
2014        Feb 10, In Somalia two car bombs exploded in Mogadishu, wounding at least five people including a government official.
    (Reuters, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 10, Spanish High Court Judge Ismael Moreno sought international arrest orders for former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, ex-PM Li Peng and others on allegations of genocide in Tibet.
    (Reuters, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 10, Syria shipped out a third consignment of chemical weapons materials and has also destroyed some materials on its territory.
    (Reuters, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 10, Peace talks between the Syrian government and the opposition resumed in Geneva.
    (AP, 2/10/14)
2014        Feb 10, Thai police made their first arrest of a senor leader of the antigovernment protests. Sonthiyarn Cheunruethainaitham was arrested  for violating the country’s emergency law.
    (SFC, 2/11/14, p.A2)
2014        Feb 10, Yemen's president and main parties agreed to transform the unrest-riven country into a six-region federation as part of a political transition. The move was immediately rejected by some southerners who insist on a separate state.
    (AFP, 2/10/14)(Reuters, 2/10/14)

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