Holidays Calendar for February 10, 2016

Feast of Saint Paul's Shipwreck is a religious feast and public holiday in Malta celebrated on February 10. Paul the Apostle is one of the patron saints of Malta.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent in the Western Christianity. It's observed 46 days before Easter (40 weekdays and 6 Sundays) by Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans, Anglicans and Presbyterians.


On February 10, all Russian diplomats celebrate their professional holiday, Diplomatic Employee Day. It was established in 2002 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

National Memorial Day of the Exiles and Foibe has been observed in Italy since 2005. It commemorates the victims of the so-called foibe massacres that took place mainly in Dalmatia, Istria, and Venezia Giulia from 1943 to 1949.

On February 10, Eritrea observes Fenkil Day. This observance commemorates the Second Battle of Massawa, also known as the Fenkil Offensive, that was one of the most important battles of the Eritrean War for Independence.

Cream cheese brownie is one of the most popular American desserts. No one can resist a swirl and its sweet taste. Celebrate National Cream Cheese Brownie Day on February 10.

National No Smoking Day in Ireland coincides with Ash Wednesday. This annual observance was established to encourage people to quit smoking.


This Day in History

  • 2014 Died: Shirley Temple, American film and television actress, singer, dancer, and diplomat. She was most famous as a child star in the 1930s.
  • 2009 The communication satellites Kosmos-2251 and Iridium 33 collided in low Earth orbit ad a speed of 26,170 mi/h. Both satellites were destroyed.
  • 2005 Died: Arthur Miller, American playwright and essayist whose best known works include All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge.
  • 1996 The IBM chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue became the first machine to defeat a reining world champing (Garry Kasparov) under regular time controls.
  • 1991 Born: Emma Roberts, American actress, singer, and model. She is best known for her role as Addie Singer in the Nickelodeon TV series Unfabulous.
  • 1981 An arson fire at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel-casino killing 8 people and injuring almost 200. It occurred just 3 months after the devastating MGM Grand fire.
  • 1981 Born: Natasha St-Pier, Canadian singer. She made her international singing debut in 2000, playing Fleur-de-Lys in the London version of Notre Dame de Paris.
  • 1974 Born: Ivri Lider, Israeli pop star and part of the duo The Young Professionals (TYP). He is one of the biggest-selling contemporary artists in Israeli music.
  • 1967 The Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. This amendment deals with succession to the Presidency.
  • 1964 Two warships of the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Melbourne (R21) and HMAS Voyager (D04), collided while performing manoeuvres off Jervis Bay.
  • 1964 Died: Eugen Sänger, Austrian aerospace engineer who was one of the creators of Silbervogel, German design for a rocket-powered sub-orbital bomber aircraft.
  • 1962 Captured American spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was exchanged for Soviet spy Rudolf Abel at the Glienicke Bridge in Berlin.
  • 1962 Born: Cliff Burton, American musician best known as the bass guitarist for Metallica. He was killed in a bus accident during the band's tour in 1986.
  • 1961 Born: George Stephanopoulos, American television journalist and a former U.S. Democratic Party political advisor.
  • 1936 The Battle of Amba Aradam (also known as the Battle of Enderta) between Italian and Ethiopian forces began during the Second Italo-Abyssinian War.
  • 1932 Died: Edgar Wallace, English crime writer, novelist, journalist, screenwriter, and playwright who is remembered for the creation of King Kong.
  • 1923 Died: Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist who was awarded the 1901 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering electromagnetic radiation.
  • 1912 Died: Joseph Lister, British surgeon considered a pioneer of antiseptic surgery. He successfully introduced carbolic acid to sterilize instruments and to clean wounds.
  • 1910 Born: Dominique Pire, Belgian Dominican friar who was awarded the 1958 the Nobel Peace Prize for his work helping refugees after World War II.
  • 1898 Born: Bertolt Brecht, German playwright, theater director, and poet. Hist best known works include The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage and Her Children.
  • 1891 Died: Sofia Kovalevskaya, the first major Russian female mathematician and the first woman appointed to a full professorship in Northern Europe.
  • 1890 Born: Fanny Kaplan, Russian political revolutionary who attempted to assassinate Vladimir Lenin, head of government of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.
  • 1890 Born: Boris Pasternak, Russian poet, novelist, and translator who was awarded the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was forced to refuse to accept the prize.
  • 1865 Died: Heinrich Lenz, Russian physicist of German ethnicity who is best known for formulating eponymous Lenz's law in electrodynamics.
  • 1837 Died: Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era who is considered to be the greatest Russian poet of all times.
  • 1775 Born: Charles Lamb, English writer, poet, and essayist who is best known for his children's book Tales from Shakespeare and Essays of Elia.
  • 1755 Died: Montesquieu, French lawyer, political philosopher, and men of letters. He is best known for his theory of separation of state powers (legislative, executive, judicial).
  • 1355 The St Scholastica Day riot broke out in Oxford, England. It lasted for two days during which 63 scholars and about 30 locals were killed.
  • 1306 Robert the Bruce murdered John Comyn, the other claimant for the Scottish throne thus sparking revolution in the Scottish Wars of Independence.
  • 1258 The siege of Baghdad by Ilkhanate Mongol forces and allied troops ended. The capital of the Abbasid Caliphate surrendered, but the Mongols did not enter the city until three days later.