Today in History, January 10th

By | January 10, 2014
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A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, January 10th!

1645 The Archbishop of Canterbury, William Laud, is beheaded on Tower Hill, accused of acting as an enemy of the British Parliament.

Archbishop of Canterbury, William Laud

Archbishop of Canterbury, William Laud

1724 King Philip V shocks all of Europe when he abdicates his throne in favor of his eldest son, Louis.
1811 An uprising of over 400 slaves is put down in New Orleans. Sixty-six blacks are killed and their heads are strung up along the roads of the city.
1847 General Stephen Kearny and Commodore Robert Stockton retake Los Angeles in the last California battle of the Mexican War.
1861 Florida secedes from the Union.
1863 London’s Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opened to the public.
1870 John D. Rockefeller and his brother William establish the Standard Oil Company of Ohio.


John D. Rockefeller

1899 Filipino leader Emilio Aguinaldo renounces the Treaty of Paris, which annexed the Philippines to the United States.
1901 The Automobile Club of America installs signs on major highways.
1903 Argentina bans the importation of American beef because of sanitation problems.
1911 Two German cruisers, the Emden and the Nurnberg, suppress a native revolt on island of Ponape in the Caroline Islands in the Pacific when they fire on the island and land troops.
1912 The World’s first flying-boat airplane, designed by Glenn Curtiss, makes its maiden flight at Hammondsport.
1917 Germany is rebuked as the Entente officially rejects a proposal for peace talks and demands the return of occupied territories from Germany.
1918 In Washington, the House of Representatives passes legislation for women’s suffrage.
1920 The Treaty of Versailles goes into effect.
1923 The United States withdraws its last troops from Germany.
1940 German planes attack 12 ships off the British coast; sinking 3 ships and killing 35 people.
1941 The Soviets and Germany agree on the East European borders and the exchange of industrial equipment.
1946 Chiang Kai-shek and the Yenan Communist forces halt fighting in China.
1957 Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Great Britain following the resignation of Anthony Eden.


Harold Macmillan

1964 Panama breaks ties with the U.S. and demands a revision of the canal treaty.
1964 The Beatles’ first album in the United States, “Introducing the Beatles,” was released.
1967 Republican Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts, the first black elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, took his seat.
1971 “Masterpiece Theatre” premiered on PBS. Masterpiece-Theatre
1984 The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.
2000 America Online agreed to buy Time-Warner for $162 billion. (Time-Warner decided to spin off AOL in 2009.)
2003 North Korea withdrew from a global treaty barring it from making nuclear weapons.
2005 CBS issued a damning independent review of mistakes related to a “60 Minutes Wednesday” report on President George W. Bush’s National Guard service.
2007 President George W. Bush announced he would send a “surge” of 21,500 U.S. forces to Iraq.
2011 A judge ordered former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to serve three years in prison for his role in a scheme to illegally funnel corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002. (DeLay remains free on bond as he appeals.)
2012 Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary.

Today in history facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG, and

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