This day in history
Today is Thursday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2019. There are 355 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Opera singer Sherrill Milnes is 84. Rock singer-musician Ronnie Hawkins is 84. Movie director Walter Hill is 79. Singer Rod Stewart is 74. Steely Dan singer-musician Donald Fagen is 71. Boxing Hall of Famer and entrepreneur George Foreman is 70. Singer Pat Benatar is 66. Presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is 38.
In 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, ‘‘Common Sense,’’ which argued for American independence from British rule.
In 1860, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence collapsed and caught fire, killing up to 145 people, mostly female workers from Scotland and Ireland.
In 1863, the London Underground opened as the Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway.
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 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London. The first manmade contact with the moon was made as radar signals transmitted by the US Army Signal Corps were bounced off the lunar surface.
In 1967, President Johnson, in his State of the Union address, asked Congress to impose a surcharge on both corporate and individual income taxes to help pay for his ‘‘Great Society’’ programs as well as the war in Vietnam. That same day, Massachusetts Republican Edward W. Brooke, the first black person elected to the US Senate by popular vote, took his seat.
In 1984, the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century.
In 2000, America Online announced it was buying Time Warner for $162 billion (the merger, which proved disastrous, ended in December 2009).
In 2002, Marines began flying hundreds of Al Qaeda prisoners in Afghanistan to a US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
In 2006, Iran resumed nuclear research two years after halting the work to avoid possible UN economic sanctions.
Last year, immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores nationwide before dawn to check on the immigration status of employees in what officials described as the largest operation so far against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency.