February 10 1258 – The Mongols Conquer the Abbasid Caliphate and Seize Baghdad

February 10 1258 – The Mongols Conquer the Abbasid Caliphate and Seize BaghdadRate this post Three decades after the death of Genghis Khan, his grandson Hulagu launched an assault on Mesopotamia to secure the loyalty of the Abbasid Caliphate to his brother, supreme leader Mongke Khan. After a two-week siege on Baghdad, Hulagu claimed the capital on February 10, 1258 and ended more than 500 years of Muslim rule. Though a relatively short-lived defeat for the caliphs, the Mongol victory shattered the remnants of a singular Islamic control on government throughout the Middle East. Halfway through the 8th century, the Abbasids came to power by overthrowing the Umayyad dynasty based […]

February 10, 1962 – American Gary Powers, is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel

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February 10, 1962 – American Gary Powers, is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf AbelRate this post On February 10, 1962, Francis Gary Powers, the pilot of an American spy plane was freed from the Soviet Union in exchange for the Russian spy Colonel Rudolf Abel who had been captured by the US in what came to be known as the U-2 incident. Following World War II, the development of a Cold War between the US and USSR caused much tensions to rise between the two nations. An arms race started to develop and as a result, the US launched an espionage program to gather information about the technological advancements […]

February 10 1870 – The YWCA was founded in the New York City

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February 10 1870 – The YWCA was founded in the New York CityRate this post Originally found as the Young Women’s Christian Association, YWCA doesn’t have this abbreviation any more. Prime reason for this is that YWCA’s staff and people are not all young, women or Christian. The name has been retained in order to maintain brand equity. Though YWCA is independent of the YMCA, still many local YMCA and YWCA associations have merged into YM/YWCAs or YMCA-YWCAs. The YWCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of girls and women. It has been consistently sponsoring programs like a National Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism, Week Without […]