On This Day … 10 February [2023]


  • 1258 – Mongol invasions: Baghdad falls to the Mongols, bringing the Islamic Golden Age to an end.
  • 1306 – 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.
  • 1502 – Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India.
  • 1712 – Huilliches in Chiloé rebel against Spanish encomenderos.
  • 1763 – French and Indian War: The Treaty of Paris ends the war and France cedes Quebec to Great Britain.
  • 1814 – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Champaubert ends in French victory over the Russians and the Prussians.
  • 1846 – First Anglo-Sikh War: Battle of Sobraon: British defeat Sikhs in the final battle of the war.
  • 1861 – Jefferson Davis is notified by telegraph that he has been chosen as provisional President of the Confederate States of America.
  • 1862 – 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.
  • 1906 – HMS Dreadnought, the first of a revolutionary new breed of battleships, is christened.
  • 1930 – The Việt Nam Quốc Dân Đảng launches the failed Yên Bái mutiny in hope of overthrowing French protectorate over Vietnam.
  • 1936 – Second Italo-Abyssinian War: Italian troops launch the Battle of Amba Aradam against Ethiopian defenders.
  • 1939 – Spanish Civil War: The Nationalists conclude their conquest of Catalonia and seal the border with France.
  • 1940 – The Soviet Union begins mass deportations of Polish citizens from occupied eastern Poland to Siberia.
  • 1943 – 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.
  • 1947 – The Paris Peace Treaties are signed by Italy, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Finland and the Allies of World War II.
  • 1954 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower warns against United States intervention in Vietnam.
  • 1962 – Cold War: Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
  • 1964 – 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.
  • 1972 – Ras Al Khaimah joins the United Arab Emirates, now making up seven emirates.
  • 1984 – Kenyan soldiers kill an estimated 5000 ethnic Somali Kenyans in the Wagalla massacre.
  • 2003 – 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.
  • 2016 – South Korea decides to stop the operation of the Kaesong joint industrial complex with North Korea in response to the launch of Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4.

People (Births)

  • 1744 – William Cornwallis, English admiral and politician (d. 1819).
  • 1846 – Lord Charles Beresford, Irish admiral and politician (d. 1919).
  • 1879 – Ernst Põdder, Estonian general (d. 1932).
  • 1889 – Cevdet Sunay, Turkish general and politician, 5th President of Turkey (d. 1982).
  • 1919 – Ioannis Charalambopoulos, Greek colonel and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Greece (d. 2014).
  • 1926 – Sidney Bryan Berry, American general (d. 2013).
  • 1926 – Danny Blanchflower, Northern Irish soldier, footballer and manager (d. 1993).
  • 1940 – Mary Rand, English sprinter and long jumper.
  • 1950 – Mark Spitz, American swimmer.
  • 1952 – Lee Hsien Loong, Singaporean general and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Singapore.
  • 1967 – Jacky Durand, French cyclist and sportscaster.
  • 1982 – Justin Gatlin, American sprinter.
  • 1997 – Lilly King, American swimmer.

People (Deaths)

  • 1831 – Peter Heywood, British naval officer (b. 1772).
  • 1854 – José Joaquín de Herrera, Mexican politician and general (b. 1792).
  • 1917 – John William Waterhouse, English soldier and painter (b. 1849).
  • 1918 – Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Italian soldier and journalist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1833).
  • 1979 – Edvard Kardelj, Slovene general and politician, 2nd Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia (b. 1910).
  • 1992 – Alex Haley, American soldier, journalist, and author (b. 1921).
  • 2010 – Charles Wilson, American lieutenant and politician (b. 1933).

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