Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - Feb. 10

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in History - Feb. 10

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Today in History - Feb. 10

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Today in History for Feb. 10:

On this date:

In 3641 BC, according to the calculations of the Mayans, the world was created.

In AD 60 (traditional date), the Apostle Paul was shipwrecked at Malta.

In 1763, Canada passed from French control into the British Empire with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The treaty, which ended the Seven Years War, stripped France of all her possessions north of what became the United States, except for the islands of St-Pierre and Miquelon. Those islands, just south of Newfoundland, remain under French control.

In 1802, Alexander Mackenzie was knighted for being first to cross the North American continent by land, in 1793.

In 1829, King's College, Fredericton -- now the University of New Brunswick -- was given a royal charter.

In 1837, Russian poet and novelist Alexander Pushkin was killed in a duel.

In 1840, Britain's Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

In 1841, Upper and Lower Canada were united as the Province of Canada, with Kingston as the capital.

In 1846, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormons, left Illinois and began an exodus to the American West, now Utah. They were led by Brigham Young, newly elected as their leader.

In 1863, showman P.T. Barnum staged the wedding of General Tom Thumb and Mercy Lavinia Warren, both midgets, in New York City.

In 1870, the Young Women's Christian Association -- YWCA -- was formed.

In 1890, Russian novelist Boris Pasternak, author of Dr. Zhivago, was born in Moscow.

In 1906, Prince Rupert was chosen from 15,000 entries as the name of the Grand Trunk Railway's Pacific terminal. Eleanor Macdonald of Winnipeg won $250 for suggesting the name.

In 1933, the first singing telegram was introduced by the Postal Telegraph Company in New York.

In 1947, peace treaties between the Allies and some of the Axis powers were signed in Paris. Canada signed treaties with Italy, Romania, Hungary and Finland.

In 1949, Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" opened at Broadway's Morosco Theater with Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman.

In 1956, Wilbert Coffin was hanged in Montreal for the murders of three American hunters, killed in the Gaspe in 1953. Many people believed he was innocent.

In 1983, the federal government agreed in principle to allow the testing of American weapons over Canadian territory.

In 1991, Peru's health minister reported at least 51 deaths from cholera. An epidemic later spread across South America.

In 1992, Alex Haley, the author of "Roots," died in Seattle at age 70.

In 1992, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was found guilty in Indianapolis of rape and other sex-related charges in a 1991 incident involving a beauty pageant contestant.

In 1996, a machine scored its first victory under classic chess tournament rules as an IBM computer called "Deep Blue" beat world champion Gary Kasparov.

In 2003, Inderjit Singh Reyat pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 1985 Air India bombing that killed 329 people, and was sentenced to five years in prison. He admitted to acquiring material for a bomb that police alleged caused the mid-air explosion. Reyat had completed a 10-year sentence for his role in a second bombing the same day that killed two baggage handlers at Japan's Narita airport. …

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