10 January History

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  • 1072    -    Robert Guiscard and his brother Roger take Palermo in Sicily.
  • 1645    -    The Archbishop of Canterbury, William Laud, is beheaded on Tower Hill, accused of acting as an enemy of the British Parliament.
  • 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 Underground begins operations.
  • 1870    -    John D. Rockefeller and his brother William establish the Standard Oil Company of Ohio.
  • 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.
  • 1964    -    Panama breaks ties with the U.S. and demands a revision of the canal treaty.
  • 1984    -    The United States and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations for the first time in 117 years.

  • 10 January Birthdays

  • 1834    -    Lord Acton [John E.E. Dalberg], English historian, editor of The Rambler.
  • 1864    -    George Washington Carver, chemist, agronomist, helped change the agricultural economy of the South.
  • 1949    -    George Foreman, world heavyweight champion boxer.