10th February
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1962 US/Soviet Union Cold War Spies Swapped

Captured American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is swapped for Soviet Colonel Rudolf Abel, a senior KGB spy who had earlier been convicted of murder in the US courts but not executed and held as a possible agent swap for a later time.

The two men were brought to separate sides of the Glienicker Bridge, which connected East and West Berlin across Lake Wannsee. They both crossed the white line that separates East and West at 8:52 am, Berlin time.

In another transfer, Frederic Pryor an American held by East German police, was released at another checkpoint.

Francis Gary Powers, a CIA agent, had been shot down by the Soviets in his Lockheed U-2 while flying from Peshwar, Pakistan to a military airfield in Norway. En route he was collecting military intelligence. His plane was shot down in the Ural Mountains, but he parachuted from the plane only to be captured by Soviet agents later.

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1887 First US actor to play in two cities on one day

Nathaniel Carr Goodwin performed in 'Turned Up' in Boston in the morning, then traveled to New York City to perform in the Mascot at 8 PM.

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1990 South African President FW De Klerk announces that Nelson Mandela is to be released from prison tomorrow.

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