updated 2/10/2006 12:04:33 AM ET 2006-02-10T05:04:33

Today is Friday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2006. There are 324 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 10, 1949, Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” opened at Broadway’s Morosco Theater.

On this date:
In 1763, France ceded Canada to England under the Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War.

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

In 1846, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Mormons, began an exodus to the west from Illinois.

In 1942, the former French liner Normandie capsized in New York Harbor a day after it caught fire while being refitted for the U.S. Navy.

In 1942, RCA Victor presented Glenn Miller and his Orchestra with a “gold record” for their recording of “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” which had sold more than one million copies.

In 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolph Ivanovich Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States.

In 1967, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, went into effect.

In 1968, Peggy Fleming of the United States won the gold medal in ladies’ figure skating at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France.

In 1981, eight people were killed, 198 injured, when fire broke out at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino.

In 1989, Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first black to head a major U.S. political party.

Ten years ago: President Clinton signed a $265 billion defense bill, but said he would battle for repeal of a section forcing the discharge of service members with the AIDS virus. A slab of mountainside crushed a highway tunnel on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, killing 20 people. World chess champion Garry Kasparov lost the first game of a match in Philadelphia against an IBM computer dubbed “Deep Blue.”

Five years ago: The space shuttle Atlantis’ astronauts installed the $1.4 billion Destiny laboratory on the international space station. Former New York City Mayor Abraham D. Beame died at age 94.

One year ago: Playwright Arthur Miller died in Roxbury, Connecticut, at age 89 on the 56th anniversary of the Broadway opening of his “Death of a Salesman.” Britain’s Prince Charles announced he would marry his divorced lover, Camilla Parker Bowles, in April. North Korea boasted publicly for the first time that it possessed nuclear weapons. New York civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart was convicted of smuggling messages of violence from one of her jailed clients, radical Egyptian sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman, to his terrorist disciples on the outside.

Today’s Birthdays: Opera singer Leontyne Price is 79. Actor Robert Wagner is 76. Singer Roberta Flack is 67. Singer Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 66. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Mark Spitz is 56. Country singer Lionel Cartwright is 46. Movie director Alexander Payne (“Sideways”) is 45. ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos is 45. Actress Laura Dern is 39. Country singer Dude Mowrey is 34. Pop singer Rosanna Taverez (Eden’s Crush) is 29. Actress Emma Roberts is 15.

Thought for Today: “Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.”— Arthur Miller, American playwright (1915-2005).

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