Today in History

Today is Sunday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2019. There are 324 days left in the year.

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Today is Sunday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2019. There are 324 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight: On Feb. 10, 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States.

On this date:

In 1936, Nazi Germany’s Reichstag passed a law investing the Gestapo secret police with absolute authority, exempt from any legal review.

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

In 1959, a major tornado tore through the St. Louis area, killing 21 people and causing heavy damage.

In 1967, the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ratified as Minnesota and Nevada adopted it.

In 1992, boxer Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant. (Tyson served three years in prison.) Author Alex Haley died in Seattle at age 70.

In 2005, playwright Arthur Miller died in Roxbury, Connecticut, at age 89 on the 56th anniversary of the Broadway opening of “Death of a Salesman.”

Today’s birthdays: Actor Robert Wagner is 89. Singer Roberta Flack is 82. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Mark Spitz is 69. Walt Disney Co. chairman and chief executive Robert Iger is 68. Rock musician and composer Cory Lerios (Pablo Cruise) is 68. World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman is 64. Actress Kathleen Beller is 63. Country singer Lionel Cartwright is 59. Movie director Alexander Payne is 58. ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos is 58. Retired MLB All-Star Lenny Dykstra is 56. Political commentator Glenn Beck is 55. Actress Laura Dern is 52. Writer-producer-director Vince Gilligan (TV: “Breaking Bad”) is 52. Country singer Dude Mowrey is 47. Actor Jason Olive is 47. Actress Elizabeth Banks is 45. Pop singer Rosanna Taverez (Eden’s Crush) is 42. Actress Julia Pace Mitchell is 41. Reggaeton singer Don Omar is 41. Country musician Jeremy Baxter (Carolina Rain) is 39. Actress Uzo Aduba is 38. Actress Stephanie Beatriz is 38. Actor Max Brown is 38. Actor Barry Sloane is 38. Rock singer Eric Dill is 37. Rock musician Ben Romans (The Click Five) is 37. Actor Trevante Rhodes is 29. Actress Emma Roberts is 28. Actress Makenzie Vega is 25. Actress Chloe Grace Moretz is 22. Actress Yara Shahidi is 19.

Thought for today: “Morality is moral only when it is voluntary.” — Lincoln Steffens, American journalist (1866-1936).

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