Today in History: February 10

Today in History: February 10

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1258

Hulagu, a Mongol leader, seizes Baghdad, bringing an end to the Abbasid caliphate.

1620

Supporters of Marie de Medici, the queen mother, who has been exiled to Blois, are defeated by the king's troops at Ponts de Ce, France.

1763

The Treaty of Paris ends the French-Indian War. France gives up all her territories in the New World except New Orleans and a few scattered islands.

1799

Napoleon Bonaparte leaves Cairo, Egypt, for Syria, at the head of 13,000 men.

1814

Napoleon personally directs lightning strikes against enemy columns advancing toward Paris, beginning with a victory over the Russians at Champaubert.

1840

Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert.

1846

Led by religious leader Brigham Young, the first Mormons begin a long westward exodus from Nauvoo, Il., to Utah.

1863

P.T. Barnum's star midgets, Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren, are married.

1915

President Wilson blasts the British for using the U.S. flag on merchant ships to deceive the Germans.

1939

Japanese occupy island of Hainan in French Indochina.

1941

Iceland is attacked by German planes.

1941

London severs diplomatic relations with Romania.

1945

B-29s hit the Tokyo area.

1955

Bell Aircraft displays a fixed-wing vertical takeoff plane.

1960

Adolph Coors, the beer brewer, is kidnapped in Golden, Colo.

1966

Protester David Miller is convicted of burning his draft card.

1979

The Metropolitan Museum announces the first major theft in its 110-year history, $150,000 Greek marble head.

1986

The largest Mafia trial in history, with 474 defendants, opens in Palermo, Italy.