On This Day: February 10

February 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

1720
Edmund Halley (1656–1742) appointed 2nd Astronomer Royal of England.

Halley was an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist who is best known for computing the orbit of the eponymous Halley’s Comet.

Edmund Halley. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

Edmund Halley. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlarge.

1890
Boris Pasternak, the Russian Nobel Prize-winning novelist and poet, was born. Following his death on May 30, 1960, his obituary appeared in The Times.

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Pasternak at the first Congress of the Union of Soviet Writers in 1934. Source: Wikipedia. Click to enlargte.

Pasternak at the first Congress of the Union of Soviet Writers in 1934. Source: Wikipedia.

1947
WW II peace treaties signed.

Source: HistoryOrb

1957

Laura Ingalls Wilder, chronicler of American frontier life, dies.

1972
Ziggy Stardust makes his earthly debut.

Source: History

1996
IBM computer Deep Blue becomes the first computer to win a game of chess against a reigning (human) chess champion, Gary Kasparov.

Source: HistoryOrb

2014
Iconic child star Shirley Temple dies at 85
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Source: History

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