Calendar for January 10th, 2013

1776: Thomas Paine published Common Sense, a pamphlet calling for indepedence from England

Died 1778: Carolus Linnaeus (botanist)

1861: Florida seceded from the Union (U.S. Civil War)

1863: The first line of London's underground transportation system opened

1870: Standard Oil Company was incorporated

Born 1882: Aleksei Nikolaevich Tolstoy (novelist)

Born 1887: Robinson Jeffers (poet)

Born 1892: Dumas Malone (author)

1901: Spindletop, the first great Texas oil strike, was made

Born 1904: Ray Bolger (actor)

1911: First aerial photography

Born 1915: Dean Dixon (musician)

Died 1917: Buffalo Bill Cody (frontiersman)

1920: League of Nations founded

1923: Juan de la Cierva demonstrated the first autogyro in Spain

Born 1927: Gisele MacKenzie (singer & actress)

Born 1935: Sherill Eustance Milnes (opera singer)

Born 1938: Frank Mahovlich (hockey player)

Born 1939: Sal Mineo (actor)

Born 1942: Jim Croce (singer)

Born 1945: Rod Stewart (singer)

1946: First UN General Assembly met in London

1946: World's first communication through space occurred when radar pulses from Fort Monmouth, NJ, echoed from the Moon

Born 1949: George Foreman (boxer)

1949: Columbia Inc. and Radio Corp. of America introduced 33 1/3 rpm and 45 rpm vinyl records

Born 1952: Pat Benatar (singer)

1956: Elvis Presley's first million-selling record, "Heartbreak Hotel," recorded

Died 1961: Dashiell Hammett (author of detective stories, including The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man)

Born 1961: Evan Handler (actor)

1961: Two African American students were admitted to the University of Georgia, marking the first step toward racial integration of the state's public school system

1966: State Representative Julian Bond was denied a seat in the Georgia legislature because of his opposition to the Vietnam War

1971: Masterpiece Theater made its television debut

Died 1981: Richard Boone (actor)

Born 1982: Josh Ryan Evans (actor)

1984: U.S. and the Vatican reestablished full diplomatic relations after more than 100 years

1985: Daniel Ortega inaugurated for a 6 year term as president of Nicaragua

1991: Judy Sweet became the first woman elected NCAA president

Died 2011: John Dye (actor)