Thursday, January 10, 2008

Today in History....January 10

* 1776, Thomas Paine published his influential pamphlet 'Common Sense'

* 1863, London's Metropolitan, the world's first underground passenger railway, opened to the public

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

* 1918, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for female suffrage

* 1928, the Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky

* 1946, the first manmade contact with the moon was made as radar signals were bounced off the lunar surface ALSO: The first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London

* 1984, the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century

* 1995, Russian troops allowed a convoy of Chechen rebels and 160 hostages to head for Chechnya, then surrounded them in the village of Pervomayskaya. (After a five-day standoff, Russian troops launched a massive military assault that resulted in the deaths of most of the rebels and some of the hostages.)

* 1998, President Clinton denounced Chicago physicist Richard Seed’s expressed desire to clone humans, calling it "morally unacceptable."

* 2000, America Online announced it had agreed to buy Time Warner for
$165 billion, in what would be the biggest merger in history

* 2003, North Korea withdrew from a global treaty barring it from making nuclear weapons

* 2004, CBS issued a damning independent review of mistakes related to a "60 Minutes Wednesday" report on President Bush's National Guard service and fired three news executives and a producer for their "myopic zeal"
in rushing it to air. ALSO: Gunmen
assassinated Baghdad's deputy police chief and his son; Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility. Ukraine's Election Commission declared Viktor Yushchenko the winner of the presidential vote

* 2007, the Democratic-controlled House voted 315-116 to increase the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour

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