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Calendar for February 10th, 2013

Chinese New Year

The new year is by far the most important festival of the Chinese lunar calendar. It is celebrated on the second new Moon after the winter solstice. The holiday is a time of renewal, with debts cleared, new clothes bought, shops and homes decorated, and families gathered for a reunion dinner. Chinese New Year is marked by fireworks, traditional lion dances, gift giving, and special foods.

1720s

  • 1720: Edmond Halley became second Astronomer Royal of England

  • 1760s

  • 1763: France ceded Canada to England at the Treaty of Paris, ending the French and Indian War

  • 1840s

  • 1840: Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom married Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg-Gotha

  • 1841: Act of Union merged Upper and Lower Canada

  • 1846: The Mormon exodus to the American West began

  • 1860s

  • 1863: Alanson Crane patented a fire extinguisher system

  • 1863: Showman P. T. Barnum staged the wedding of General Tom Thumb and Mercy Lavinia Warren (both little people) in New York. They had to stand on a piano to greet their guests.

  • 1880s

  • 1883: Ontario's first free public library opened, in Guelph

  • 1890s

  • Born 1890: Boris Pasternak (poet)

  • Born 1892: Alan Hale (actor)

  • Born 1893: Jimmy Durante (comedian)

  • Born 1893: Bill Tilden, Jr. (tennis player)

  • Born 1897: John F. Enders (scientist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1954)

  • Born 1898: Bertolt Brecht (dramatist)

  • 1900s

  • Born 1906: Lon Chaney, Jr. (actor)

  • 1910s

  • 1916: German government informed the U.S. that after March 1, 1916, armed merchantmen would be treated as warships and attacked without warning (WW I)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1927: Leontyne Price (opera singer)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1930: Robert Wagner, Jr. (actor)

  • 1931: New Delhi became the capital of India

  • 1933: The New York City-based Postal Telegraph Company introduced the first singing telegram

  • Born 1939: Adrienne Clarkson (Canadian Governor General)

  • Born 1939: Roberta Flack (singer)

  • 1940s

  • 1942: The first gold record was awarded for sales of over one million copies. It was Glenn Miller's "Chattanooga Choo Choo" on RCA

  • 1949: Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman premiered in NY

  • 1950s

  • Born 1950: Mark Spitz (Olympic gold medal swimmer)

  • Born 1955: Greg Norman (golfer)

  • 1956: Elvis Presley made his first recording in Nashville-- "Heartbreak Hotel" was the A side, "I Was The One" was the B-side

  • Died 1957: Laura Ingalls Wilder (author)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1961: George Stephanopoulos (political consultant & commentator)

  • 1962: Soviets released U.S. U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers in Berlin in exchange for convicted Soviet agent Rudolf Abel

  • Died 1966: Billy Rose (composer & bandleader)

  • Born 1967: Laura Dern (actress)

  • 1967: The 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, providing a contingency plan for presidential succession

  • 1968: Peggy Fleming won an Olympic Gold medal in figure skating

  • 1970s

  • 1970: Arab terrorists killed 1 Israeli and wounded 11 others in an attack at the Munich, West Germany, airport

  • 1980s

  • 1982: 28 skiers performed backflips while holding hands, Bromont Québec

  • 1990s

  • Born 1991: Emma Roberts (actress)

  • Died 1992: Alex Haley (author)

  • 1992: Bonnie Blair became the first U.S. medal winner at the Winter Olympics in Albertville in the women's 500-meter speed skating. Also the first woman in Olympic history to win consecutive Winter Olympic gold medals

  • Born 1994: Makenzie Vega (actress)

  • 1996: Garry Kasparov began chess match against computer "Deep Blue"

  • 2000s

  • Died 2000: Jim Varney (actor)

  • Died 2002: Retired Lt. Gen. Vernon Walters (ambassador to the UN and Germany)

  • 2003: Brett Hull scored his 700th NHL goal

  • Died 2005: Arthur Miller (playwright)

  • Died 2008: Roy Scheider (actor)

  • 2010s

  • 2011: Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics sank his 2,561st 3-pointer, breaking the NBA record set by Reggie Miller


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