10th February

Born on this day 10th February
1609 John Suckling
1685 Aaron Hill
1775 Charles Lamb
1824 Samuel Plimsoll
1846 Charles Beresford
1884 Frederick Hawksworth
1890 Boris Pasternak
1894 Harold Macmillan
1906 Lon Chaney Jnr
1913 Douglas Slocombe
1914 Larry Adler
1920 Alex Comfort
1927 Brian Priestman
1930 Robert Wagner
1938 Roberta Flack
1947 Nicholas Owen
1949 Nigel Olsson
1940 Mary Rand
1950 Mark Spitz
1955 Greg Norman
1955 Chris Adams
1960 Robert Addie
1963 Philip Glenister
1967 Laura Dern
1976 Keeley Hawes
1978 Lorna Bailey
1981 Andrew Johnson
1981 Holly Willoughby
1989 Bunmi Mojekwu

Died on this day
1986 Brian Aherne
1992 Alex Haley
1993 Bill Grundy

Music

1956 Little Richard recorded ‘Long Tall Sally’.

1958 Top of the UK singles chart was Elvis Presley with ‘Jail house Rock’.

1973 Abba’s ‘Ring Ring’ came third in the heats for the Swedish Eurovision entry.

1981 John Lennon topped the UK singles chart with ‘Woman’.

1993 Pop star Annie Lennox gave birth to her second child, a girl, in London.

Sport

1988 Dean Reynolds won the first snooker title of his professional career when he beat Neil Foulds 9-5 in the final of the English professional championship in Ipswich.

1994 Stephen Hendry beat Steve James 5-2 during the Benson and Hedges Masters final despite being attacked by a wasp earlier in the match.

People & Showbiz

1840 Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom marries Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

1988 It was reported that Sir Richard Attenborough’s film ‘Cry Freedom’ had been nominated for seven BAFTA awards.

1988 Former Frankie Goes To Hollywood singer, Holly Johnson, won a legal case against record producer Trevor Horn when contracts signed in 1983 were declared unreasonable in the High Court.

General Events

1306 In front of the high altar of Greyfriars Church in Dumfries, Robert the Bruce murders John Comyn, his leading political rival, sparking revolution in the Scottish Wars of Independence.

1355 The St. Scholastica’s Day riot breaks out in Oxford, England, leaving 63 scholars and perhaps 30 locals dead in two days.

1906 HMS Dreadnought is launched.

1962 Gary Powers, pilot of the U2 aircraft shot down over the Soviet Union, was released in a spy swap with KGB Colonel, Rudolph Abel.

1981 The National Coal Board announced the closure of 50 pits, employing some 30,000 miners.

1991 Lithuania voted in favour of independence from the Soviet Union.

1991 In the Gulf crisis, the US said that 42 Iraqi soldiers had surrendered to its forces in 24 hours.

1996 The IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov for the first time.

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