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.
1098 Feb 10, Crusaders defeated
Prince Redwan of Aleppo at Antioch.
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.
1535 Feb 10, 12 nude
Anabaptists ran through the streets of Amsterdam. [see 1534]
1609 Feb 10, John Suckling,
English Cavalier poet, dramatist, courtier, was born.
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.
1670 Feb 10, William Congreve,
English writer (Old Bachelor, Way of the World), was born.
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,
1720 Feb 10, Edmund Halley was
appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England.
1722 Feb 10, Black Bart
(b.1682), Welsh pirate, died. He raided shipping off the Americas
and West Africa between 1719 and 1722.
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
(WUD, 1994 p.1077)(WSJ, 2/14/02, p.A18)(MC,
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,
1772 Feb 10, Louis Tocque (75),
French painter, died.
1774 Feb 10, Andrew Becker
demonstrated a diving suit.
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.
1794 Feb 10, Joseph Haydn’s
99th Symphony in E, premiered.
1799 Feb 10, Napoleon Bonaparte
left Cairo, Egypt, for Syria, at the head of 13,000 men.
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.
1824 Feb 10, Simon Bolivar was
named President by the Congress of Peru.
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.
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
(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
1855 Feb 10, US citizenship
laws were amended to include all children of US parents born abroad.
1863 Feb 10, P.T. Barnum’s star
midgets, Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren, were married.
1864 Feb 10, Konstanty
Kalinowski, the last Lithuanian provincial rebel leader, was
captured. He was hanged a month later.
1878 Feb 10, Peter
Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony in F, premiered.
1878 Feb 10, Cuba’s 10 year war
with Spain ended with the signing of the pact of Zanjon. The
nationalist uprising failed.
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
(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.
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.
1898 Feb 10, Bertolt Brecht,
German poet and dramatist, was born. He is best remembered for his
plays “Three Penny Opera” and “Mother Courage. “
1901 Feb 10, Stella Adler,
actress and teacher, was born.
1902 Feb 10, Walter Brattain,
physicist, was born. He became one of the inventors of the
1904 Feb 10, Russia and Japan
declared war on each other.
1906 Feb 10, Britain's 1st
modern and largest battleship, the "HMS Dreadnought," was launched.
1910 Feb 10, Dominique Georges
Pire, Belgian cleric and educator, was born.
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.
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
1920 Feb 10, Alex Comfort,
English physician and author, was born. His books included “Joy of
1922 Feb 10, Harold Hughes,
Governor of New Jersey, was born.
1923 Feb 10, Cesare Siepi,
basso (NY Metropolitan Opera), was born in Milan, Italy.
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
(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.
1927 Feb 10, (Mary Violet)
Leontyne Price, opera singer, was born.
1931 Feb 10, New Delhi became
the capital of India. [see Mar 26]
1933 Feb 10, The first singing
telegram was introduced by the Postal Telegram Company in New York.
1934 Feb 10, An Admiral Byrd
souvenir stamp sheet was issued, NYC. It was the 1st unperforated
ungummed US stamp.
1934 Feb 10, A Jewish immigrant
ship 1st broke the English blockade in Palestine.
1935 Feb 10, Pennsylvania RR
began passenger service with new electric locomotive.
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.”
1939 Feb 10, Japan occupied the
Chinese island of Hainan located off the coast of French
Indochina (modern day Vietnam).
1940 Feb 10, "In The Mood" by
Glenn Miller hit #1.
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
1941 Feb 10, Iceland was
attacked by German planes.
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.
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.
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.
1945 Feb 10, "Rum & Coca
Cola" by the Andrews Sisters hit #1.
1945 Feb 10, B-29s hit the
Tokyo area. It was a B-29 that dropped the bomb that ended World War
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,
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.
1951 Feb 10, "John &
Marsha" by Stan Freberg peaked at #21.
1954 Feb 10, Eisenhower warned
against US intervention in Vietnam.
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.
1960 Feb 10, "Unsinkable Molly
Brown" ended at Winter Garden, NYC, after 532 performances.
1960 Feb 10, Adolph Coors, the
beer brewer, was kidnapped in Golden, Colo.
1961 Feb 10, Niagara Falls
hydroelectric project began producing power.
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.
1966 Feb 10, Protester David
Miller was convicted of burning his draft card.
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.
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
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."
1979 Feb 10, The Metropolitan
Museum announced the first major theft in 110-year history, $150,000
Greek marble head.
1981 Feb 10, Eight people were
killed, 198 injured, when fire broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1991 Feb 10, In a broadcast on
Baghdad Radio, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein praised his countrymen
for withstanding attacks by allied warplanes and rockets.
1992 Feb 10, Bonnie Blair of
the United States won the women's 500-meter speed skating
competition at the Albertville Olympics.
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.
1992 Feb 10, Boxer Mike Tyson
was convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss
Black America contestant.
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
1997 Feb 10, The Army suspended
its top-ranking enlisted soldier, Army Sgt. Major Gene McKinney,
following sexual misconduct allegations.
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
(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.
1998 Feb 10, Speedskater
Hiroyasu Shimizu won Japan's first gold medal of the Nagano
Olympics, in the 500-meter event.
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.
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.
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
(SFC, 2/11/99, p.A3)
1999 Feb 10, In Afghanistan
Taliban officials exchanged fire with bodyguards of bin Laden in
(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.
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,
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.
2000 Feb 10, At Stansted,
England, 9 hijackers surrendered and released all hostages of the
Afghan jetliner. Police arrested 21  people and recovered arms.
Half the hostages requested asylum.
(SFC, 2/10/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/11/00, p.A1)(SFC,
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
(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.
2001 Feb 10, Former New York
City Mayor Abraham D. Beame died at age 94.
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.
2002 Feb 10, The Western
Conference defeated the Eastern Conference, 135-120, in the NBA
2002 Feb 10, A spokeswoman said
former Enron chairman Kenneth Lay would refuse to answer questions
when he appeared before Congress under subpoena.
2002 Feb 10, Convict-author
Jack Henry Abbott (58) committed suicide in his cell.
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
(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.
2003 Feb 10, Ron Ziegler
(b.1939), former press secretary for Richard Nixon, died in
(SFC, 2/11/03, p.A19)
2003 Feb 10, Afghanistan became
the 89th nation to join the International Criminal Court.
2003 Feb 10, In Kabul,
Afghanistan, Germany and the Netherlands took control of the
22-nation peacekeeping force charged with keeping order, replacing
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.
2003 Feb 10, France, Germany
and Belgium blocked NATO efforts to begin planning for possible
Iraqi attacks against Turkey.
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
2003 Feb 10, Israeli troops
killed 2 suspected Palestinian militants, including an unarmed
fugitive, in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
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.
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,
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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,
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
2005 Feb 10, Britain's Prince
Charles announced he would marry his divorced lover, Camilla Parker
Bowles, in April.
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.
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.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
2006 Feb 10, Dr. Norman Shumway
(83), who performed the first successful heart transplant in the
U.S., died in Palo Alto, Calif.
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.
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
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.
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
(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.
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.
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
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
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
2007 Feb 10, Democrat Barack
Obama announced in Illinois that he is running for the White House
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2007 Feb 10, The death toll
from massive flooding in Indonesia rose to 80.
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
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
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."
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.
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
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
(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.
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.
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
(AP, 2/11/08)(SFC, 2/11/08, p.A14)(AP,
2008 Feb 10, In Nigeria 6
people, including three policemen, were killed in a gun battle with
robbers in Nigeria's commercial city Lagos.
2008 Feb 10, Norway closed its
embassy in the Afghan capital because of terror threats.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2009 Feb 10, EU ministers
demanded the reopening of negotiations with Liechtenstein on
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2010 Feb 10, In Iraq an
American soldier died of injuries unrelated to combat.
2010 Feb 10, An Israeli TV
station said it has uncovered evidence that Palestinian Authority
officials have stolen millions of dollars in public funds.
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
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
(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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2011 Feb 10, The Montana House
of Representatives voted to repeal the state’s 6-year-old medical
(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
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
2011 Feb 10, In western
Switzerland a Roman Catholic diocese said it has suspended two
priests after allegations they sexually abused minors.
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
2012 Feb 10, Nearly 2,000
Syrians took part in a demonstration outside the Syrian consulate in
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.
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.
2012 Feb 10, In Israel a
general strike in Israel entered its third day after negotiations
between unions and government broke down.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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%
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
(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
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.
2013 Feb 10, In Iraq gunmen
killed four people in three attacks in the northern city of Mosul.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
2014 Feb 10, Shirley Temple
Black (b.1928), child film star and US diplomat, died at her home in
(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.
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
2014 Feb 10, The River Thames
burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding
riverside towns upstream of London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Feb 10, In Somalia two car
bombs exploded in Mogadishu, wounding at least five people including
a government official.
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.
2014 Feb 10, Syria shipped out
a third consignment of chemical weapons materials and has also
destroyed some materials on its territory.
2014 Feb 10, Peace talks
between the Syrian government and the opposition resumed in Geneva.
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
(AFP, 2/10/14)(Reuters, 2/10/14)
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