Today in History

Published 12:01 am Saturday, February 10, 2018

Today is Saturday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2018. There are 324 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Feb. 10, 1968, U.S. figure skater Peggy Fleming, 19, won America’s only gold medal of the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, in the ladies’ singles event. (Gabriele Seyfert of East Germany earned the silver medal, Hana Maskova of Czechoslovakia, the bronze.)

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In 1763, Britain, Spain and France signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the Seven Years’ War (also known as the French and Indian War in North America).

In 1840, Britain’s Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

In 1936, Nazi Germany’s Reichstag passed a law investing the Gestapo secret police with absolute authority exempt from any legal review.

In 1942, 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.

In 1949, Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” opened at Broadway’s Morosco Theater with Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman.

In 1959, a major tornado tore through the St. Louis area, killing 21 people and causing heavy damage.

In 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States. Republican George W. Romney announced his ultimately successful candidacy for governor of Michigan.

In 1966, the Jacqueline Susann novel “Valley of the Dolls” was published by Bernard Geis Associates.

In 1967, the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ratified as Minnesota and Nevada adopted it.

In 1981, eight people were killed when a fire set by a busboy broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino.

In 1992, boxer Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant. (Tyson served three years in prison.) Author Alex Haley died in Seattle at age 70.

In 2005, playwright Arthur Miller died in Roxbury, Connecticut, at age 89 on the 56th anniversary of the Broadway opening of “Death of a Salesman.”

Ten years ago: Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton replaced campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle with longtime aide Maggie Williams. Barack Obama defeated Clinton in the Maine Democratic presidential caucuses. The NFC defeated the AFC 42-30 in the Pro Bowl. Amy Winehouse won five Grammys, including record and song of the year for “Rehab.” Death claimed actor Roy Scheider, 75; lounge rocker Freddie Bell, 76; and “Howard the Duck” creator Steve Gerber, 60.

Five years ago: Joe Paterno’s family released its response to Penn State’s report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal, attacking Louis Freeh’s conclusion that the coach hid sex abuse allegations against his longtime assistant. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford took charge of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. At the Grammy Awards, Fun. won song of the year for “We Are Young”; Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” picked up record of the year.

One year ago: President Donald Trump, fresh off patching up ties with China, reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House that the U.S. would defend its close ally. Retired Lt. Gen. Harold G. “Hal” Moore, the American hero known for saving most of his men in the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang during the Vietnam War, died in Auburn, Alabama, at age 94. Billionaire businessman Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, died at age 87.

Today’s Birthdays: Opera singer Leontyne Price is 91. Actor Robert Wagner is 88. Rock musician Don Wilson (The Ventures) is 85. Singer Roberta Flack is 81. Singer Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 78. Movie director Michael Apted is 77. Rock musician Bob Spalding (The Ventures) is 71. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Mark Spitz is 68. Walt Disney Co. chairman and chief executive Robert Iger is 67. Rock musician and composer Cory Lerios (Pablo Cruise) is 67. World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman is 63. Actress Kathleen Beller is 62. Country singer Lionel Cartwright is 58. Movie director Alexander Payne is 57. ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos is 57. Retired MLB All-Star Lenny Dykstra is 55. Political commentator Glenn Beck is 54. Actress Laura Dern is 51. Writer-producer-director Vince Gilligan (TV: “Breaking Bad”) is 51. Country singer Dude Mowrey is 46. Actor Jason Olive is 46. Actress Elizabeth Banks is 44. Pop singer Rosanna Taverez (Eden’s Crush) is 41. Actress Julia Pace Mitchell is 40. Reggaeton singer Don Omar is 40. Country musician Jeremy Baxter (Carolina Rain) is 38. Actress Uzo Aduba is 37. Actor Max Brown is 37. Actor Barry Sloane is 37. Rock singer Eric Dill is 36. Rock musician Ben Romans (The Click Five) is 36. Actor Trevante Rhodes is 28. Actress Emma Roberts is 27. Actress Makenzie Vega is 24. Actress Chloe Grace Moretz is 21. Actress Yara Shahidi is 18.