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On this day in history - February 10

What Happened On This Day – February 10

  • 2009 Two satellites collide in space

    Both the U.S. satellite “Iridium 33” and the Russian “Kosmos 2251” were destroyed in the accident.

  • 1996 Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a chess game against a reigning world champion

    Despite his defeat in the first game, Russian world champion Garry Kasparov proceeded to win the match by 4-2 games.

  • 1964 Bob Dylan's album “The Times They Are A-Changin'” is released

    The title track is one of Dylan's best-known songs.

  • 1964 An aircraft carrier collides with a destroyer in Australia, killing 82

    Destroyer HMAS Voyager sailed under aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourn's bow, was cut in half and sank.

  • 1962 Francis Gary Powers, a U.S. spy captured by the Soviet Union, is released

    Powers was exchanged for captured Soviet spy, Rudolf Ivanovich Abel.

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Births On This Day,
February 10

  • 1929 Jerry Goldsmith

    American composer, conductor

  • 1898 Bertolt Brecht

    German author

  • 1894 Harold Macmillan

    English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

  • 1890 Boris Pasternak

    Russian author, poet, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1744 William Cornwallis

    English Admiral

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Deaths On This Day,
February 10

  • 2005 Arthur Miller

    American playwright

  • 1932 Edgar Wallace

    English journalist, author, playwright

  • 1923 Wilhelm Röntgen

    German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1837 Alexander Pushkin

    Russian author, poet

  • 1755 Montesquieu

    French philosopher