Almanac: Monday, February 10, 2014
by Bill Edwards (Compiled)
Assistant Metro Editor
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On February 10 in

1841 Upper Canada and Lower Canada were proclaimed united under an Act of Union passed by the British Parliament.

1933 The first singing telegram was introduced by the Postal Telegram Co. in New York.

1949 Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman opened at Broadway's Morosco Theater with Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman.

1959 A major tornado tore through the St. Louis, Mo., area, killing 21 people and causing heavy damage.

1962 Republican George W. Romney announced his ultimately successful candidacy for governor of Michigan.

1968 U.S. figure skater Peggy Fleming won America's only gold medal of the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France.

1998 Anniston-born Dr. David Satcher was confirmed by the Senate to be surgeon general.

In The Star

Feb. 10, 1939, in The Star: What might well have been the last meeting of the Anniston City Council, at least in the view of those attending (given the drive in Montgomery to change city government to the commission form), was held in a brief fashion last night. Four minor items of business were on the agenda. Also this date: It was an unseasonably warm day yesterday in Anniston, with a daytime high of 85 and an overnight low of 73. Temperature is expected to drop sharply tonight, however. Additionally: Pope Pius XI died this morning around dawn at the Vatican. For the time being he is lying in state at the Sistine Chapel.

Feb. 10, 1989, in The Star: Though saved last night by the Anniston Planning Commission, the historic Butler house at 11th Street and Fairmont Avenue still faces an uncertain future. The Planning Commission members voted 8-1 to reject a rezoning request that would have led to the destruction of the 102-year-old house and the construction of a $1.8 million high-rise apartment building in its place. Lowndes Butler of Anniston, whose mother, Addie, was the last descendant to live in the house, said he wishes the Calhoun County Historical Society luck in its effort to find a buyer. Also this date: In an apparent violation of state law, Oxford Mayor Leon Smith used city postage and other municipal resources to mail campaign literature for congressional candidate Donald Holmes. Smith said he inserted Holmes brochures inside letters sent to 742 senior citizens by the Oxford Parks and Recreation Department. Postage for the letters, which used parks and recreation department stationery, was paid at a bulk rate by the town. “I'm the one who authorized it,” Smith said. “I didn't ask nobody about it. What difference does it make?” Smith said Holmes, a Democratic candidate for the vacant 3rd District congressional seat, did not know about the mailing. Holmes has an office at Oxford City Hall and his wife, Brenda, is Oxford City Clerk, but the mayor said she did not help mail the letters. Smith said he did not see any harm including the political brochure. “If (the brochure) hadn't been in there, the postage would have been the same,” Smith said. “If I owe the postage, I'll be glad to pay it.”

Birthdays for February 10

Cinematographer Douglas Slocombe (Raiders of the Lost Ark) is 101. Opera singer Leontyne Price is 87. Actor Robert Wagner is 84. Rock musician Don Wilson (The Ventures) is 81. Singer Roberta Flack is 77. Singer Jimmy Merchant (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers) is 74. Rock musician Bob Spalding (The Ventures) is 67. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Mark Spitz is 64. Walt Disney Co. chairman and chief executive Robert Iger is 63. ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos is 53. Retired MLB All-Star Lenny Dykstra is 51. Actress Laura Dern is 47. Country singer Dude Mowrey is 42. Actor Jason Olive is 42. Actress Elizabeth Banks is 40. Pop singer Rosanna Taverez (Eden's Crush) is 37. Rock singer Eric Dill is 32. Rock musician Ben Romans (The Click Five) is 32. Actress Emma Roberts is 23. Actress Makenzie Vega is 20. Actress Chloe Grace Moretz is 17.

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