On This Date in History: February 10th

1. Kasparov loses to the computer Deep Blue in Chess, 1996



Today was the day that the best of 6 chess match between man and machine. Garry Kasparov was born in Russia 1963 and he became the youngest world champion chess player in history at the you age of 22. In 1989 Kasparov played a 2 game match against the computer “Deep Thought”, which was the older version of “Deep Blue”, and he won quite easily then. But in 1996 he was shocked when he lost his first game against the mighty “Deep Blue” but then quickly staged a comeback to win the second game. Kasparov ended up winning overall 4-2. Deep Blue is considered to be one of the first SuperComputers. It started in 1985 and started as simply a computer that could play chess called “ChipTest” and then over the course of 8 years it was developed into “Deep Blue” as we know today. IBM was a major factor in that process.

2. Mike Tyson gets accused of raping beauty queen, 1996

PHOTO: Daily Mail
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Former Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson gets sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted for the rape of Desiree Washington. The trial was held in Indiana before a jury and Tyson was found guilty. One month later he started service his time at a Indiana Youth Center near Plainfeild. He served 3 years and was released in 1995. Washington was a contestant in the Miss Black America Pageant which is where she met Tyson. At the time Tyson claimed it was consensual but the jury seemed to think otherwise.

3. Soviets exchange American spy for a Russian spy held captive, 1962


PHOTO: New York Times

In 1960, American Francis Gary Powers was flying a U-2 spy plane over Russia when it was shot down. After noticing he was hit, Powers hit the self-destruct button as he was trained to do, and he and the other half of the secret spy plane was captured. Powers was convicted of espionage and sentenced to 10 years in Russian Prison. In 1962, Russia announced they would release Powers due to a petition signed by his family. But the U.S. wanted to make it very clear that Russia was only releasing Powers because the U.S. was willing to release Col. Rudolf Abel who was a Russian spy that the U.S. had also convicted of espionage. So it was to be a trade straight across, spy for spy, and not the humanitarian reasons Russia first claimed. On Feb 10th, Abel and Powers were taken to the Gilenicker bridge that linked East and West Berlin for the exchange.