This Day in History: January 10, 2010



This Day in History: January 10, 2010

It’s another This Day in History. Today we’re talking January 10, 2010.

  • In 49 BC, Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon. This is what signals the start of civil war.
  • In 1475, Stephen of Moldavia defeats the Ottoman Empire.
  • In 1645, Archbishop Laud is beheaded at the Tower of London.
  • In 1806, Dutch settlers in Cape Town, South Africa finally surrender to the British.
  • In 1861, in the American Civil War: Florida secedes from the Union.

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  • In 1920, The League of Nations holds its very first meeting, and ratifies the Treaty of Versailles, therefore ending World War I.
  • In 1922, Arthur Griffith is elected President of the Irish Free State.
  • In 1923, Lithuania seizes and annexes Memel.
  • In 1946, The first General Assembly of the United Nations opens in London. Fifty-one nations are represented.
  • In 1972, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returns to the newly independent Bangladesh as president after spending over nine months in prison in Pakistan.
  • In 1984, The US and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations after 117 years.