January 10th Events & Birthdays

1776 – American Revolutionary patriot Thomas Paine published his famous pamphlet – Common Sense – which advocated the colonies breaking away from British rule.

1840 – The system of having a delivery service deliver mail for a standard rate paid for by the sender began on this day in Britain.

1901 – Spindletop, an oil field located in Beaumont, TX, became the first oil

Thomas-Paine-sm gusher in the state. Soon after it “struck oil,” it was producing more than 100,000 barrels per day.

1920 The League of Nations, whose main mission for existing was to maintain peace throughout the world, held its first meeting in Geneva on this date.

1920 – The Treaty of Versailles, which effectively ended WWI, went into effect on this day.

1929 – The Adventures of Tintin, which became a popular series of comic books in Europe and later in the United States, was first published on this date in Belgium.

1957 – Harold MacMillan takes the place of Anthony Eden following his resignation as British Prime Minister.

1971 – The premiere of Masterpiece Theatre occurred on this day on PBS. It was hosted by Alistair Cooke and it began with a series entitled “The First Churchills.”

1997 – Music icon James Brown get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.James-Brown-sm

2003 – Country music singer George Strait attains his place in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame on this date in Forth Worth, TX.

Famous Birthdays

1903 – Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor (Mother and Child, Ball Plane andBarbara-Hepworth-sm Hole)
1939 – William Levy, Dutch author (Playing Tennis with Kafka, Confessions of a Failed Dealer)
1939 – David Horowitz, American activist and author founded the David Horowitz Freedom Center
1940 – K. J. Yesudas, Indian singer-songwriter
1943 – Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter (Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, Time in aJim-Croce-sm Bottle)
1945 – Rod Stewart, English-Scottish singer-songwriter (Maggie May, Reason to Believe, This Old Heart of Mine)
1945 – John Fahey, Australian politician, 38th Premier of New South Wales
1949 – George Foreman, American boxer, former two-time World Heavyweight Champion, Olympic gold medalist
1956 – Antonio Muñoz Molina, Spanish author (Las otras vidas, Pura alegría,Hrithik-Roshan-sm Días de diario)
1974 – Hrithik Roshan, Indian actor (Fiza, Mission Kashmir, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham)