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January tenth, 1776, Thomas Paine
published his influential pamphlet, "Common
On this date:
In 1861, Florida seceded from the Union.
In 1870, John D.
Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.
In 1920, the
League of Nations was established as the Treaty
of Versailles went into effect.
In 1928, the
Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky.
In 1946, the first
General Assembly of the United Nations convened
In 1957, Harold
Macmillan became prime minister of Britain,
following the resignation of Anthony Eden.
Massachusetts Republican Edward W. Brooke, the
first black elected to the US Senate by popular
vote, took his seat.
In 1978, the
Soviet Union launched two cosmonauts aboard a
"Soyuz" capsule for a rendezvous with
the "Salyut Six" space laboratory.
In 1980, former
AFL-CIO president George Meany died in Washington
DC at age 85.
In 1984, the
United States and the Vatican established full
diplomatic relations for the first time in more
than a century.
Ten years ago:
Chinese Premier Li Peng lifted Beijing's
seven-month-old martial law, and said that by
crushing pro-democracy protests, the army had
saved China from "the abyss of misery."
Five years ago:
Russia announced a 48-hour truce in breakaway
Chechnya, but the cease-fire fell apart after
only a few hours. President Clinton declared
flood-stricken areas of California major disaster
One year ago:
Republicans and Democrats disagreed over whether
to call witnesses in President Clinton's
impeachment trial, with Republicans pressing to
hear testimony from Monica Lewinsky and others,
and Democrats saying such testimony could
unnecessarily prolong the proceedings.
quarrel because they cannot argue."
G.K. Chesterton, British writer (1874-1936).