Today in History -10 January

Important Events

49 BC Julius Caesar defies the Roman Senate and crosses the Rubicon, uttering “alea iacta est” (the die is cast), signaling the start of civil war which would lead to his appointment as Roman dictator for life
1430 Catholic Order of the Golden Fleece founded in Bruges in celebration of the prosperous and wealthy domains of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy
1475 Stephen III of Moldavia defeats the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Vaslui
1776 “Common Sense” Pamphlet by Thomas Paine published, advocating American independence
1839 Tea from India 1st arrives in the United Kingdom
1946 UN General Assembly meets for 1st time in London

Jan 10 in Film & TV

1999 “The Sopranos”, starring James Gandolfini as mobster Tony Soprano, debuts on HBO

Jan 10 in Music

1958 Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” reaches #1 on the UK pop charts

Jan 10 in Sport

1982 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 28-27; “The Catch” – iconic moment in NFL history – Dwight Clark makes fingertip catch for a TD from Joe Montana with 58″ remaining; SF goes on to win Super Bowl

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