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What are the important events that happened on February 10? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

February 10: Facts & Myths About This Day

February 10 is the 41st day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 325 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is January 28, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 404,184 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘tetracontahenagon’ day.

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Aquarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Amethyst is the modern birthstone for this month. Bloodstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 353 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,146 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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February 10 Historical Events

  • 1814
    Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Champaubert
  • 1906
    HMS Dreadnought is launched.
  • 1948
    New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Earth Rat in Chinese astrology.
  • 1962
    Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.
  • 1996
    The IBM supercomputer Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov for the first time.

Who were born on February 10?

  • 1846
    Charles Beresford, British admiral and politician (d. 1919)
  • 1949
    Nigel Olsson, English drummer
  • 1970
    Alberto Castillo, Dominican baseball player
  • 1978
    Lorna Bailey, English ceramic designer
  • 1979
    Jumaine Jones, American basketball player

Who died on February 10?

  • 1686
    William Dugdale, English antiquarian (b. 1605)
  • 2001
    George Holmes “Buddy” Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • 2003
    Edgar de Evia, American photographer (b. 1910)
  • 2006
    J Dilla, American rapper/producer (b. 1974)
  • 2009
    Jeremy Lusk, American freestyle motocross racer (b. 1984)

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