TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IS SUNDAY, FEB. 10, the 41st day of 2019. There are 324 days left in the year.
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On this date 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.
In 1840, Britain’s Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
In 1841, Upper Canada and Lower Canada were proclaimed united under an Act of Union passed by the British Parliament.
In 1936, Nazi Germany’s Reichstag passed a law investing the Gestapo secret police with absolute authority, exempt from any legal review.
In 1959, a major tornado tore through the St. Louis area, killing 21 people and causing heavy damage.
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 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.
In 1992, boxer Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant. Tyson served three years in prison. In 2004, the White House, trying to end doubts about President George W. Bush’s Vietnam-era military service, released documents it said proved he had met his requirements in the Texas Air National Guard.
In 2005, playwright Arthur Miller died in Roxbury, Conn., at age 89 on the 56th anniversary of the Broadway opening of “Death of a Salesman.”
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Opera singer Leontyne Price is 92. Actor Robert Wagner is 89. Rock musician Don Wilson (The Ventures) is 86. Singer Roberta Flack is 82. Singer Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 79. Movie director Michael Apted is 78. Rock musician Bob Spalding (The Ventures) is 72. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Mark Spitz is 69. World Golf Hall-ofFamer Greg Norman is 64. Actress Kathleen Beller is 63. Country singer Lionel Cartwright is 59. Retired MLB All-Star Lenny Dykstra is 56. Actress Laura Dern and writer-producer-director Vince Gilligan (TV: “Breaking Bad”) are 52. Actress Elizabeth Banks is 45. Pop singer Rosanna Taverez (Eden’s Crush) is 42. Rock singer Eric Dill and rock musician Ben Romans (The Click Five) are 37. Actor Trevante Rhodes is 29. Actress Emma Roberts is 28. Actress Chloe Grace Moretz is 22. Actress Yara Shahidi is 19.