February 10 – Today In History
Today In …
1763 - The French and Indian War ended when the Treaty of Paris was signed.
1840 - England’s Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha.
1863 - The infamous General Tom Thumb who stood just over three feet tall, married Lavinia Warren who stood just over two and a half feet tall.
1863 - Alanson Crane of Virginia patented the first fire extinguisher.
1879 - The Young Women’s Christian Association or YWCA was formed today.
1949 - “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller (who also celebrates a birthday today) opened at the Morosco Theater in New York City.
1967 - Congress ratified the 25th Amendment to the Constitution which details presidential succession.
Sharing A Birthday Today…
Judith Anderson the actress best known for her roles in “Rebecca” and “The Ten Commandments” was born in 1897.
Cliff Burton, who played bass for the heavy metal band Metallica, was born in 1962.
Lon Chaney Jr. who starred in “Wolf Man” and in later “Mummy” movies as well as “Of Mice and Men” was born in 1906.
Laura Dern who starred in “Jurassic Park” and “Rambling Rose” was born in 1967.
Jimmy Durante the famed TV personality, comedian and narrator of the holiday classic “Frosty the Snowman” was born in 1893.
Roberta Flack the songstress behind the hit “Killing Me Softly” was born in 1937.
Jerry Goldsmith the famous composer who created the scores for “Star Trek” and “The Waltons” was born in 1929.
Alan Hale Sr. who appeared in the early “Robin Hood” films and was also the father of Alan Hale Jr. (“Skipper” from TV’s “Gilligan’s Island”) was born in 1892.
Greg Norman, one of the golfing world’s all time greats, was born in 1955.
George Staphanopoulos, White House correspondent and political commentator was born in 1962.
Robert Wagner who starred in TV’s “Hart to Hart” and as “Number 2” in the “Austin Powers” movies was born in 1930.
We Said Goodbye To…
Alex Haley, author of “Roots” passed away in 1921 at the age of 70.
Curt Hennig, better known as Mr. Perfect in the wrestling world, passed away in 2003 at the age of 44.
Joseph Lister, the namesake of the mouthwash Listerine who was a medical pioneer insisting on a sterilized environment and antiseptic, passed away in 1912 at the age of 84.
Arthur Miller the playwright who wrote “Death of a Salesman” and was at one time married to actress Marilyn Monroe, passed away in 2005 at the age of 89.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the “Little House” books passed away in 1957 at the age of 89.
Jim Varney who will forever be remembered as the character Ernest P. Worrel and star of the film version of “The Beverly Hillbillies” passed away in 2000 at the age of 50.
Top Of The Charts On This Day In…
1979 - “Do You Think I’m Sexy” by Rod Stewart
1979 - On The Country Charts – “Every Which Way But Loose” by Eddie Rabbit
1990 - “Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul
1990 - On The Country Charts – “Southern Star” by Alabama
Musical Moments In…
1942 - Glenn Miller became the first recipient of music’s coveted gold record. He was given the honor for the single “Chattanooga Choo Choo”.
Memorable Sports Moments In…
1990 - Buster Douglas defeated Mike Tyson via KO in round 10 of their heavyweight championship fight.
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