Historical Political Events for February 10

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Year Event
1258 Battle of Baghdad - Mongols overrun Baghdad, burning it to the ground and killing large numbers of citizens (estimates range from 10,000 to 800,000). [Sadly, the Mongols are there to this day -- trying to figure out how to leave without a major disaster erupting!]
1763 The Treaty of Paris ended the French-Indian War. France ceded Canada to England and gave up all her territories in the New World except New Orleans and a few scattered islands.
1904 Russia and Japan declared war on each other.
1947 In Everson v. Board of Education of Ewing Township, 330 U.S. 1, the Supreme Court rules that any attempts by state governments to impose religious practices, the establishment of a religion, is forbidden.
1967 The 25th Amendment, ratified this date, clarifies questions of presidential succession.
2005 North Korea announces that it has developed nuclear weapons for its self-defense, and suspends participation in multi-nation talks to discuss its arms program. (Reuters)
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Quote of
the Day
There's nervousness because they're not exactly sure what their [the Iraqis'] form of government will look like, and there is, you can understand why. In nine months' time, there's we're now saying, democracy must flourish.
    — President Bush, "Meet the Press", Feb. 8, 2004
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