On February 10 …

1763 – The “Seven Years’ War,” also known as the “French – Indian War,” ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by France, Great Britain and Spain.

1846Mormons begin their exodus from Illinois to Utah. 

1863 – Two of the world’s most famous little people, General Tom Thumb (real name Charles S. Stratton, 3’, 4”) and, Lavinia Warren, (2’, 8”), exchanged vows before a small gathering of 2,000 of their closest friends in New York City – most of them standing on the church pews to catch a glimpse of the couple.

1863Alanson Crane received a patent for the fire extinguisher.

1933 – The singing telegram was introduced by the Postal Telegraph Company of New York City.

1934 – The first imperforated, ungummed sheets of postage stamps were issued by the U.S. Postal Service in New York City.  One had to cut the stamps out of the sheet and then put some glue on the back to get them to stick on an envelope.  Fortunately, the Postal Service changed this idea after many complaints.

1935 – The Pennsylvania Railroad began passenger service with its new ‘streamlined’ electric locomotive. This engine was 79-1/2 feet long and weighed in at a hefty 230 tons.

1962 – The Soviet Union released Francis Gary Powers, an American pilot who was shot down two years earlier while flying a CIA spy plane over Russia.

1967 – The 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ratified by the U.S. Congress.


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