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History Events on February 10

Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India.


Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein's first solo exhibition opened, and it included Look Mickey, which featured his first employment of Ben-Day dots, speech balloons and comic imagery sourcing, all of which he is now known for.


IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov in chess for the first time.


Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution
The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified.


Cold War
Cold War: Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.


HMS Dreadnought (1906)
HMS Dreadnought, the first of a revolutionary new breed of battleships is christened and launched by King Edward VII.


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


Mongol invasions and conquests
Mongol invasions: Baghdad falls to the Mongols, bringing the Islamic Golden Age to an end.


Napoleonic Wars
Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Champaubert ends in French victory over the Russians and the Prussians.


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


Kowloon Motor Bus
19 people are killed and 66 injured when a Kowloon Motor Bus double decker on route 872 in Hong Kong overturns.


American Civil War
American Civil War: A Union naval flotilla destroys the bulk of the Confederate Mosquito Fleet in the Battle of Elizabeth City on the Pasquotank River in North Carolina.


Vi?t Nam Qu?c Dân ??ng
The Vi?t Nam Qu?c Dân ??ng launches the failed Yên Bái mutiny in hope to overthrow French protectorate over Vietnam.


World War II
World War II: Imperial Japanese Army capture Banjarmasin, capital of Borneo in Dutch East Indies.


Kenya Army
Kenyan soldiers commit the worst ever human rights violation in the country by slaughtering an estimated 5000 ethnic Somali Kenyans in Wagalla in N.E.-Kenya.


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


South Korea
South Korea decides to stop the operation of the Kaesong joint industrial complex with North Korea in response to the launch of Kwangmy?ngs?ng-4.


Crowds gathered at shop windows in Paris to see Christian Dior's New Look fashion—longer skirts, nipped-in waists and padded shoulders.


Spanish Civil War
Spanish Civil War: The Nationalists conclude their conquest of Catalonia and seal the border with France.


France and Belgium break the NATO procedure of silent approval concerning the timing of protective measures for Turkey in case of a possible war with Iraq.


Soviet Union
The Soviet Union begins mass deportations of Polish citizens from occupied eastern Poland to Siberia.


Communications satellite
The communications satellites Iridium 33 and Kosmos 2251 collide in orbit, destroying both.


Jefferson Davis
Jefferson Davis is notified by telegraph that he has been chosen as provisional President of the Confederate States of America.


Paris Peace Treaties, 1947
The Paris Peace Treaties are signed by Italy, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Finland and the Allies of World War II.


Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley
Lord Darnley, second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, is found strangled following an explosion at the Kirk o' Field house in Edinburgh, Scotland, a suspected assassination.


In round 13 of a boxing match at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Primo Carnera knocks out Ernie Schaaf. Schaaf dies four days later.


Dwight D. Eisenhower
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower warns against United States intervention in Vietnam.


French and Indian War
French and Indian War: The Treaty of Paris ends the war and France cedes Quebec to Great Britain.


First Anglo-Sikh War
First Anglo-Sikh War: Battle of Sobraon: British defeat Sikhs in the final battle of the war.


Siege of Leningrad
World War II: Attempting to completely lift the Siege of Leningrad, the Soviet Red Army engages German troops and Spanish volunteers in the Battle of Krasny Bor.


Then Illinois senator Barack Obama announces his candidacy for president in the 2008 elections, which he later goes on to win.


Thirty-six people are killed and 39 others are injured in a stampede in Allahabad, India, during the Kumbh Mela festival.
Ron Brown is elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee becoming the first African American to lead a major American political party.
Ras Al Khaimah joins the United Arab Emirates, now making up seven emirates.
Melbourne-Voyager collision: The aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne collides with and sinks the destroyer HMAS Voyager off the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, killing 82.
Tom and Jerry make their debut with Puss Gets the Boot.
Second Italo-Abyssinian War: Italian troops launched the Battle of Amba Aradam against Ethiopian defenders.
Texas Tech University is founded as Texas Technological College in Lubbock, Texas
Józef Haller de Hallenburg performs symbolic wedding of Poland to the sea, celebrating restitution of Polish access to open sea.
The YWCA is founded in New York City.
Huilliches in Chiloé rebel against Spanish encomenderos.