Today in History: Feb. 10

Playwright Arthur Miller poses at his typewriter in New York City, May 2, 1949.  Miller is winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play "Death of a Salesman."  (AP Photo)
In 1949, Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” opened at Broadway’s Morosco Theater with Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman. Here, Miller poses at his typewriter in New York City, May 2, 1949. Also, on this date in 2005, Miller died in Roxbury, Connecticut, at age 89 on the 56th anniversary of the Broadway opening of “Death of a Salesman.” (AP Photo) (AP)
American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers posed for this photo within three hours after his return to the United States, on Feb. 11, 1962 in Washington following his release from Russian prison. (AP Photo)
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. Here, Powers poses for a photo within three hours after his return to the United States, on Feb. 11, 1962 in Washington following his release. (AP Photo) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
American figure skater Peggy Fleming executes a spiral on the ice rink at the 1968 Winter Olympic Games, where she won the gold medal in the women's figure skating event on February 11, Grenoble, France, February 1968. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
In 1968, U.S. figure skater Peggy Fleming won America’s only gold medal of the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Hulton Archive)
A Las Vegas fire truck raises its ladder to it highest point but comes up short of victims trapped in upper floors of the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel where a fire broke out on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1981. (AP Photo/ Lenny Ignelzi)
In 1981, eight people were killed when a fire set by a busboy broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino. Here, a Las Vegas fire truck raises its ladder to it highest point but comes up short of victims trapped in upper floors of the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel on Feb. 10, 1981. (AP Photo/ Lenny Ignelzi) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/Lenny Ignelzi)
FILE - In this May 16, 1974, file photo, writer Alex Haley, a West Tennessee native who traced his family back to Africa is pictured in his San Francisco apartment. Under proposed changes to Tennessee’s social studies curriculum, public school students would no longer be required to be taught about Haley and the impact of his Pulitzer-prize winning book “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” (AP Photo/File)
In 1992, Alex Haley, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning book “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” died in Seattle at age 70. FILE – In this May 16, 1974, file photo, writer Alex Haley, a West Tennessee native who traced his family back to Africa is pictured in his San Francisco apartment. (AP Photo/File) (AP/Anonymous)
In 1840, Britain’s Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. QUEEN VICTORIA IN 1887: This portrait of queen Victoria was made for the occasion of her 1887 jubilee. (AP-Photo/hdw/- 1887 -) (ASSOCIATED PRESS/HO)
Donald Trump
In 2018, in a tweet that appeared to take aim at the rising (hash)MeToo movement, President Donald Trump wrote that “lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation;” the tweet came in the aftermath of the resignation of a pivotal aide, Rob Porter, middle, who’d been accused of abusing two ex-wives. FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, center, hands President Donald Trump a confirmation order for James Mattis as defense secretary, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, as White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, watches. Porter is stepping down following allegations of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP/Evan Vucci)
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson speaks during the 2nd Annual Prisoner Reentry Conference at St. Peter's University in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, April 2, 2015. (AP Photo/The Jersey Journal, Reena Rose Sibayan)
In 1992, boxer Mike Tyson was convicted in Indianapolis of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant. (Tyson served three years in prison.)   Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson speaks during the 2nd Annual Prisoner Reentry Conference at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, April 2, 2015. (AP Photo/The Jersey Journal, Reena Rose Sibayan) (AP)
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Playwright Arthur Miller poses at his typewriter in New York City, May 2, 1949.  Miller is winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play "Death of a Salesman."  (AP Photo)
American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers posed for this photo within three hours after his return to the United States, on Feb. 11, 1962 in Washington following his release from Russian prison. (AP Photo)
American figure skater Peggy Fleming executes a spiral on the ice rink at the 1968 Winter Olympic Games, where she won the gold medal in the women's figure skating event on February 11, Grenoble, France, February 1968. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A Las Vegas fire truck raises its ladder to it highest point but comes up short of victims trapped in upper floors of the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel where a fire broke out on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1981. (AP Photo/ Lenny Ignelzi)
FILE - In this May 16, 1974, file photo, writer Alex Haley, a West Tennessee native who traced his family back to Africa is pictured in his San Francisco apartment. Under proposed changes to Tennessee’s social studies curriculum, public school students would no longer be required to be taught about Haley and the impact of his Pulitzer-prize winning book “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” (AP Photo/File)
Donald Trump
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson speaks during the 2nd Annual Prisoner Reentry Conference at St. Peter's University in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, April 2, 2015. (AP Photo/The Jersey Journal, Reena Rose Sibayan)

Today is Sunday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2019.

Today’s Highlight in History:

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

In 1841, Upper Canada and Lower Canada were proclaimed united under an Act of Union passed by the British Parliament.

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

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 1968, U.S. figure skater Peggy Fleming, 19, won America’s only gold medal of the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France, in the ladies’ singles event. (Gabriele Seyfert of East Germany earned the silver medal, Hana Maskova of Czechoslovakia, the bronze.)

In 1981, eight people were killed when a fire set by a busboy broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino.

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

Ten years ago: The Senate approved President Barack Obama’s giant economic stimulus measure. U.S. and Russian communication satellites collided in the first-ever crash of its kind in orbit, shooting out a pair of massive debris clouds. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s (TSIH’-pee LIHV’-neez) centrist Kadima Party narrowly won the most seats in Israel’s 120-member parliament. (However, it was Benjamin Netanyahu who ended up forming the new Israeli government.)

Five years ago: In Iraq, an instructor teaching his militant recruits how to make car bombs accidentally set off explosives in his demonstration, killing 21 of them in a blast that alerted authorities to the existence of a training camp north of Baghdad. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won Olympic gold at Sochi in the super-combined less than a second ahead of both silver medalist Nicole Hosp of Austria and Julia Mancuso of the United States, who won the bronze. Actress-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple Black, 85, died at her home near San Francisco.

One year ago: Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes in Syria that were ordered after Israel intercepted an Iranian drone that had infiltrated its airspace; it was the most serious Israeli engagement in Syria since the war erupted there almost seven years earlier. In a tweet that appeared to take aim at the rising (hash)MeToo movement, President Donald Trump wrote that “lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation;” the tweet came in the aftermath of the resignation of a pivotal aide, Rob Porter, who’d been accused of abusing two ex-wives. The Korean women’s hockey team, the first in Olympic history to combine players from the North and South, lost its debut game, 8-0, to Switzerland before a cheering, chanting sellout crowd at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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