Today in history, January 10: David Bowie dies
Highlights in history on this date:
1663: Britain’s King Charles II grants charter to Royal African Colony.
1776: British-born political writer Thomas Paine publishes his influential pamphlet Common Sense.
1862: Death of Samuel Colt, firearms manufacturer who invented the revolver that bears his name.
1863: London’s Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opens to the public.
1912: The first flying boat, designed by Glenn Curtiss, makes its maiden flight at Hammondsport, New York.
1917: Death of William Frederick Cody, US army scout and Indian fighter known as Buffalo Bill.
1920: The League of Nations is established as the Treaty of Versailles goes into effect.
1928: Leon Trotsky, one of the chief architects of the Soviet Union, is ordered into exile by the Soviet government.
1929: Tintin and his dog Snowy, cartoon creations of Belgian artist Herge (Georges Remi), make their first appearance.
1942: Japanese invade Dutch East Indies in World War II.
1946: The League of Nations is officially superseded by the United Nations when the first meeting of the General Assembly begins in London.
1956: Elvis Presley records his first songs for RCA, including subsequent No. 1 hit Heartbreak Hotel.
1968: John Gorton, government leader in the Senate, is sworn in as Australian prime minister following disappearance of Harold Holt; US Surveyor 7 spacecraft makes a soft landing on moon, ending a series of unmanned explorations of the lunar surface.
1971: Death of French fashion designer Coco Chanel.
1998: The German government reaches an agreement to pay $US110 million to Holocaust survivors in eastern Europe.
2003: North Korea withdraws from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, accusing the US of trying to topple its political system.
2006: Six Australians are killed and 26 injured in a bus crash near Cairo in Egypt.
2007: Bradley John Murdoch fails in an appeal against his conviction and life sentence in the Northern Territory over the murder of British backpacker Peter Falconio.
2017: A woman is killed and three other people injured when a plane crashes on a beach near the central Queensland town of 1770.
2018: More than 200 people are arrested across Tunisia as protests against economic conditions continue to grip the North African country.
2019: Nicolas Maduro is sworn in for his second term as President of Venezuela amid widespread condemnation over his election as “illegitimate”.
Lazaro Spallanzani, Italian scientist (1729-1799); John Dalberg Action, English historian (1834-1902); Frank Sinatra Jr, US singer (1944-2016); Jim Croce, American musician (1943-1973); Rod Stewart, British pop singer (1945); Donald Fagen, US singer-musician (1948); George Foreman, US heavyweight boxing champion (1949); Pat Benatar, US singer (1953); Fran Walsh, New Zealand screenwriter (1959); Jeremy Sims, Australian actor and director (1966); Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor and comedian (1974).
THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
“The force that rules the world is conduct, whether it be moral or immoral.” – Nicholas Murray Butler, American educator (1862-1947).
Originally published as Today in History: January 10