On January 10:
Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war.
Thomas Paine published . Common Sense
Oil painting by Auguste Millière
1806 Dutch settlers in
Cape Town surrender to the British.
1810 The marriage of
Napoleon and Josephine was annulled.
Joséphine kneels before Napoléon during his coronation at Notre Dame.
Sir John Alexander Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada, was born.
Lord Acton, British historian, was born.
Bishop Jean Baptiste François Pompallier, a priest and brother of the Society of Mary, arrived at Hokianga.
London Underground, the world’s oldest underground railway, opened between London Paddington station and Farringdon station.
1901 The first great
Texas oil gusher was discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas.
Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor, was born.
Hepworth’s Family of Man in bronze, 1970
Bernard Lee, English actor
Lee as M in The Man with the Golden Gun.
League of Nations held its first meeting and ratified the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I.
Arthur Griffith was elected President of the Irish Free State.
Roy Edward Disney, American film executive, was born.
Burnum Burnum, Australian activist, actor and author, was born.
Rod Stewart, Scottish singer, was born.
1946 The first
General Assembly of the United Nations opened in London. Fifty-one nations were represented.
Donald Fagen, American musician ( Steely Dan), was born.
George Foreman, American boxer, was born.
Fran Walsh, New Zealand screenwriter, was born.
NASA announced plans to build the C-5 rocket booster. It became better known as the Saturn V moon rocket, which launched every Apollo moon mission.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returned to the newly independent Bangladesh as president after spending over nine months in prison in Pakistan.
Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor, was born.
1984 – The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations.
Time Warner was formed from the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications Inc.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.