It’s Sunday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2013. There are 324 days left in the year.
Grammys — LL Cool J hosts the 55th annual music awards gala at 8 p.m. TV details on C7
New year — The Chinese welcome the arrival of the Year of the Snake.
Command change — Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford officially takes charge of forces in Afghanistan; as the conflict winds down, he may be the last commander in America’s longest war.
Cinematographer Douglas Slocombe (“Raiders of the Lost Ark") is 100. Opera singer Leontyne Price is 86. Actor Robert Wagner is 83. Singer Roberta Flack is 76. Olympic gold-medal swimmer Mark Spitz is 63. Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Robert Iger is 62. World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman is 58. Actress Kathleen Beller is 57. Country singer Lionel Cartwright is 53. ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos is 52. Retired MLB All-Star Lenny Dykstra is 50. Political commentator Glenn Beck is 49. Actress Laura Dern is 46. Actress Elizabeth Banks is 39. Actress Emma Roberts is 22. Actress Makenzie Vega is 19.
— From wire reports
Highlight: In 1763, Britain, Spain and France signed the Treaty of Paris, ending the Seven Years’ War (known as the French and Indian War in North America).
In 1840, Britain’s Queen Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
In 1841, Upper Canada and Lower Canada were proclaimed united under an Act of Union by the British Parliament.
In 1863, showman P.T. Barnum staged the wedding of General Tom Thumb and Mercy Lavinia Warren — both little people — in New York City.
In 1933, the first singing telegram was introduced by the Postal Telegram Co. in New York.
In 1942, the former French liner Normandie capsized in New York Harbor a day after it caught fire while being refitted for the U.S. Navy. RCA Victor presented Glenn Miller and his Orchestra with a “gold record" for their recording of “Chattanooga Choo Choo," which had sold more than 1 million copies.
In 1949, Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman" opened at Broadway’s Morosco Theater with Lee J. Cobb as Willy Loman. (Miller died in Roxbury, Conn., at age 89 on this day in 2005, the 56th anniversary of the opening.)
In 1962, the Soviet Union exchanged captured American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers for Rudolf Abel, a Soviet spy held by the United States.
In 1967, the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ratified.
In 1968, figure skater Peggy Fleming won America’s only gold medal of the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France.
In 1998, Dr. David Satcher was confirmed by the Senate to be surgeon general.
Ten years ago: At a NATO meeting in Brussels, France, Germany and Belgium jointly vetoed a U.S.-backed measure to authorize the alliance to make plans to protect Turkey if Iraq attacked it. Iraq agreed to allow U-2 surveillance flights over its territory, meeting a key demand by U.N. inspectors searching for banned weapons; President George W. Bush brushed aside Iraqi concessions as too little, too late.
Five years ago: Amy Winehouse won five Grammys, appearing via satellite from London.
One year ago: President Barack Obama abruptly abandoned his stand that religious organizations had to pay for free birth control for workers, demanding that insurance companies step in to provide the coverage instead.