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This Day In History: Feb. 10

Today is the 41st day of 2008 and the 51st day of winter.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1763, the Seven Years War, often known in the U.S. as the French and Indian War, ended with the Treaty of Paris. In 1840, Britain's Queen Victoria married Prince Albert. In 1967, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, clarifying presidential succession, was ratified. In 1996, the IBM "Deep Blue" computer defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov in 34 moves, though Kasparov went on to win the tournament 3-1 with two draws. In 2005, North Korea publicly acknowledged that it had nuclear weapons.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Charles Lamb (1775-1824), writer; Boris Pasternak (1890-1960), writer; Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), playwright; Jimmy Durante (1893-1980), comedian; Mark Spitz (1950- ), swimmer, is 58; Laura Dern (1967- ), actress, is 41.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1990, Buster Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in what has been called the greatest upset in boxing history.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Sentimentally I am disposed to harmony; but organically I am incapable of a tune." - Charles Lamb

TODAY'S FACT: Arthur Miller died exactly 56 years after Death of a Salesman opened in New York on this date in 1949.

TODAY'S NUMBER: 9 - number of children Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had together; all married into royal houses in Europe.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (February 6) and first quarter (February 13).

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