Today is Monday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2020. There are 325 days left in the year.
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 1992, boxer Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant. Tyson served three years in prison.
• In 1997, a civil jury heaped $25 million in punitive damages on O.J. Simpson for the slayings of his ex-wife and her friend, on top of $8.5 million in damages awarded earlier.
In 2001, the space shuttle Atlantis’ astronauts installed the $1.4 billion Destiny laboratory on the international space station. Former New York City Mayor Abraham D. Beame died at age 94.
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. Democrat John Kerry won the Virginia and Tennessee primaries.
In 2005, Britain’s Prince Charles announced he would marry his divorced lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, in April. North Korea boasted publicly for the first time that it possessed nuclear weapons.
In 2006, Dr. Norman Shumway, who performed the first successful U.S. heart transplant, died in Palo Alto, California, at age 83.
Ten years ago: Shuttle Endeavour arrived to a warm welcome at the International Space Station, delivering a new room and observation deck. Former Congressman Charlie Wilson, a Texas Democrat whose funding of Afghanistan’s resistance to the Soviet Union was chronicled in the movie and book “Charlie Wilson’s War,” died in Dallas at age 76.
Five years ago: The parents of Kayla Jean Mueller and U.S. officials confirmed the death of the 26-year-old aid worker who had been held captive by the Islamic State group (IS said Mueller had been killed in a Jordanian airstrike). NBC announced it was suspending Brian Williams as “Nightly News” anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War. Jon Stewart announced he would step down as host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central later in the year.
One year ago: Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar joined the growing group of Democrats jostling for the party’s presidential nomination. Female acts took home some of the top prizes including album of the year and best new artist at the Grammys, with Kacey Musgraves’ country-pop release “Golden Hour” capturing the top album prize; Childish Gambino made history when “This Is America” became the first rap-based track to win record and song of the year.
Today’s Birthdays: opera singer Leontyne Price, 93 • actor Robert Wagner, 90 • rock musician Don Wilson (The Ventures), 87 • singer Roberta Flack, 83 • singer Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers), 80 • movie director Michael Apted, 79 • rock musician Bob Spalding (The Ventures), 73 • Olympic gold-medal swimmer Mark Spitz, 70 • Walt Disney Co. chairman and chief executive Robert Iger, 69 • rock musician and composer Cory Lerios (Pablo Cruise), 69 • World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman, 65 • actress Kathleen Beller, 64 • country singer Lionel Cartwright, 60 • movie director Alexander Payne, 59 • ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos, 59 • political commentator Glenn Beck, 56 • actress Laura Dern, 53 • writer-producer-director Vince Gilligan (TV: “Breaking Bad”), 53 • country singer Dude Mowrey, 48 • actor Jason Olive, 48 • actress Elizabeth Banks, 46 • pop singer Rosanna Taverez (Eden’s Crush), 43 • actress Julia Pace Mitchell, 42 • Reggaeton singer Don Omar, 42 • Country musician Jeremy Baxter (Carolina Rain), 40 • actress Uzo Aduba, 39 • actress Stephanie Beatriz, 39 • actor Max Brown, 39 • actor Barry Sloane, 39 • rock singer Eric Dill, 38 • rock musician Ben Romans (The Click Five), 38 • actor Trevante Rhodes, 30 • actress Emma Roberts, 29 • actress Makenzie Vega, 26 • actress Chloe Grace Moretz, 23 • actress Yara Shahidi, 20
Thought for Today: “Morality is moral only when it is voluntary.” — Lincoln Steffens, American journalist (1866-1936).
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