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Interesting US History
A Website Devoted to Interesting Events in U.S. History

 

 
 

 

ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY

February 10, 1996

A Computer Defeats World Chess Champion
Garry Kasparov for the First Time

February 10, 1962

American U2 Spy Plane Pilot Gary Powers
is Exchanged for Soviet Spy Rudolf Abel

On this day in 1962, American spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers was exchanged for Soviet spy Rudolph Abel as a result of an agreement between the two countries. Powers had been imprisoned by the Soviet Union after being shot down on May 1, 1960 while flying over the Soviet Union during a mission.