It happened today – this day in history – February 10

1098: Crusaders defeat Prince Redwan of Aleppo at Antioch.

1355: The St. Scholastica’s Day riot breaks out in Oxford, leaving 62 scholars and up to 30 locals dead in two days.

1720: Edmond Halley appointed Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory.

1763: The Treaty of Paris ends the French-Indian War, surrendering Canada to Britain.

1794: Premiere of Joseph Haydn’s 99th Symphony in E.

1814: Battle of Champaubert, Napoleon defeats the Russians

1824: Simon Bolivar is named a dictator by the Congress of Peru.

1840: Queen Victoria marries her cousin, Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

1860: Johannes Brahms’ 2nd Serenade in A, premieres.

1863: The first US fire extinguisher patent is granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia.

1878: Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony in F premieres.

1879: Journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley departs for the Congo.

1881: Jacques Offenbach’s opera “Les Contes d’Hoffman” premieres in Paris.

1904: Japan and Russia declare war.

1906: British battleship HMS Dreadnought launches and renders all other capital ships obsolete with its revolutionary design. On the same day, a state of siege is proclaimed in Zululand.

1908: Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in Round 4 for the heavyweight boxing title.

1915: US President Woodrow Wilson warns Germany that the US will hold it “to a strict accountability” for “property endangered or lives lost”. On the same day, Wilson protests to Britain on the use of US flags on British merchant ships to deceive the Germans.

1916: Conscription begins in Britain.

1918: Trotsky declares that Russia is leaving the war. On the same day, in Finland, General Carl G. Von Mannerheim gathers an army known as the ‘White Guard’ to mount a counter revolution against the Bolshevik ‘Red Guard’.

1931: New Delhi becomes the capital of India.

1940: Debut of the first Tom & Jerry cartoon.

1942: Chattanooga Choo Choo by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra becomes the first recording to be awarded a Gold record. It was actually just a master copy of the disc sprayed with gold lacquer by RCA as a publicity stunt.

1946: Mobster Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano is deported to Italy.

1949: Arthur Miller’s play ‘Death of a Salesman’ opens in New York.

1952: India’s first general elections pass off peacefully, and return Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to power.

1954: President Dwight D Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam.


1956: The US Navy evacuates thousands of people from the Chinese Nationalist Tachen Islands.

1962: American U2 spy plane pilot Captain Francis “Gary” Powers is freed from a Soviet prison in exchange for a Russian spy jailed in the US.

1966: ‘Valley of the Dolls’ by Jacqueline Susann is published. On the same day, Bob Marley marries Rita Anderson.

1967: The Beatles record the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of the song A Day In The Life. At the band’s request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wears a red clown’s nose, while another, a fake gorilla’s paw on his bow hand. Mick Jagger, Mike Nesmith and Donovan are also present.

1968: Peggy Fleming of the US comfortably wins Olympic women’s figure skating gold medal at the Grenoble Winter Games.

1970: A dry powder avalanche moving at 120 mph smashes into youth hostel at Val d’Isere, France, killing 40 Belgian, French and German youths.

1971: The Royal Albert Hall bans a scheduled concert by Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention. Frank sues for breach of contract.

1972: David Bowie debuts his Ziggy Stardust character at the Tolworth Toby Jug, London in front of 60 people. On the same day, two British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Cullyhanna, Co Armagh and an IRA member is shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with RUC officers.

1974: Record producer Phil Spector is injured in a car crash. He requires extensive plastic surgery which dramatically alters his looks. On the same day, forces clash on the Iraq/Iran border.

1975: The Provisional IRA agrees to a truce and ceasefire with the British government.

1983: Police launch a mass murder investigation in Muswell Hill, London after the discovery of human remains in drains.

1985: Singles chart:

  1. I Know Him So Well – Elaine Page and Barbara Dickson
  2. Love And Pride – King
  3. Solid – Ashford and Simpson
  4. Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
  5. I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
  6. 1999/Little Red Corvette – Prince
  7. Things Can Only Get Better – Howard Jones
  8. Atmosphere – Russ Abbot
  9. Close To The Edit – Art Of Noise
  10. A New England Kirsty MacColl
1985: Alison Moyet – Alf

Album chart:

  1. Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen
  2. Alf – Alison Moyet
  3. Agent Provocateur – Foreigner
  4. Hits Out Of Hell – Meat Loaf
  5. The Barbara Dickson Songbook – Barbara Dickson
  6. Steps In Time – King
  7. Eliminator – ZZ Top
  8. The Very Best Of – Chris de Burgh
  9. Age Of Consent – Bronski Beat
  10. Make It Big – Wham!

1990: South African President F W de Klerk announces that Nelson Mandela will be released on the following day.

1991: Lithuania votes for independence from the USSR.

1992: Boxer Mike Tyson is convicted of rape.

1993: An interview by Oprah Winfrey with Michael Jackson draws an audience of 90 million.

1996: IBM computer Deep Blue beats reigning champion Gary Kasparov at chess. On the same day, an IRA bomb explodes in the Docklands area of London.

2004: Diana Ross is sentenced to two days in jail after pleading ‘no contest’ to a drink driving charge.

2005: Clarence House announces the engagement of HRH Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles. On the same day, singer Roger Daltrey is awarded the CBE for services to music.

2006: The 20th Winter Olympic Games open in Turin, Italy. Luciano Pavarotti sings ‘Nessun Dorma’ in his last ever performance.

2008: Death of actor Roy Scheider aged 75.

2013. Nigeria win the Africa Cup of Nations.

2014: Child star turned diplomat Shirley Temple Black dies aged 85.

2018: Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal, 1-0 at Wembley Stadium in front of a Premier League record single-game attendance of 83,222.

BIRTHDAYS: Robert Wagner, actor, 92; Roberta Flack, singer-songwriter, 85; Mary Rand, athlete, 82; Nicholas Owen, journalist, 75; Nigel Olsson, drummer (Elton John), 73; Greg Norman, golfer, 67; Philip Glenister, actor, 59; Alan McInally, football commentator; Laura Dern, actress, 55; Elizabeth Banks (Mitchell), actress/director, 48; Keeley Hawes, actress, 48; Holly Willoughby, TV presenter, 41; Radamel Falcao, footballer, 36; Emma Roberts, actress, 31; Miguel Almirón, footballer, 28; Naby Keita, footballer, 27; Chloe Grace Moretz, actress, 25.