Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Today in History....January 10

On this day in …

1776, Thomas Paine published his influential pamphlet, "Common Sense."
1861, Florida seceded from the Union

1901, at 10:30 a.m., the first major oil discovery in the United States occurs in the town of Beaumont, Texas. The gusher marked the beginning of the American oil industry

1920, the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect

1923, as part of the Treaty of Versailles, U.S. troops, after four years of contending with a resentful German populace, were ordered homealong with other Allied forces, who until then were occupying the defeated Central Powers nations in order to enforce the terms of the peace agreement

1941, Franklin Roosevelt introduces the 'lend-lease' program to Congress. The plan was intended to help Britain beat back the advance of Hitler, ym"sh, while keeping America only indirectly involved in World War II

1942, the Ford Motor Company signed on to make Jeeps, the new general-purpose military vehicles desperately needed by American forces in World War II. By the end of the war, the Jeep had won a place in the hearts of Americans, and soon became a popular civilian vehicle. And that catchy name? Some say it comes from the initials G.P., for "General Purpose"


The first manmade contact with the moon was made as radar signals were bounced off the lunar surface

The first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London
1967, President Johnson, in his annual State of the Union message to Congress, asks for enactment of a 6 percent surcharge on personal and corporate income taxes to help support the Vietnam War for two years, or "for as long as the unusual expenditures associated with our efforts continue." Congress delayed for almost a year, but eventually passed the surcharge. The U.S. expenditure in Vietnam for fiscal year 1967 would be $21 billion

2006, Iran resumed nuclear research two years after halting the work to avoid possible U.N. economic sanctions


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