It happened today – this day in history – January 10

49BC Julius Ceasar defies the Roman Senate and crosses the Rubicon, , signaling the start of a civil war which would lead to his appointment as Roman dictator for life.

1642: Charles I and his family flee London for Oxford.

1833: Felix Mendelssohn’s cantata “Die erste Walpurgisnacht” premieres in Berlin.

1839: Tea arrives from India for the first time.

1845: Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning begin corresponding.

1863: The first underground railway opens in London between Paddington and Farringdon using gas-lit wooden carriages hauled by steam locomotives.

1889: The Ivory Coast is declared a protectorate of France.

1920: The Inauguration of the League of Nations is held in Paris.

1927: Fritz Lang’s silent film “Metropolis” premieres in Berlin.

1928: The Soviet Union orders the exile of Leon Trotsky.

1946: The UN General Assembly meets for the first time in London.

1949: RCA introduces the 45rpm record.

1956: Elvis Presley records Heartbreak Hotel in his first session for RCA.

1957: Harold Macmillan becomes Prime Minister after the resignation of Anthony Eden.

1966: India and Pakistan sign the Tashkent Declaration peace accord.

1969: Sweden is the first Western country to recognize North Vietnam.

1973: For the first time graduates studying from home with the Open University receive their degrees.

1985: Daniel Ortega inaugurated as President of Nicaragua for the first time.

1994: Trial of Lorena Bobbitt, who cut off her husband’s penis, begins.

1996: King Hussein of Jordan visits Israel.

1997: Arnoldo Aleman is sworn in as President of Nicaragua.

2001: A large piece of the chalk cliff at Beachy Head collapses into the sea.

2016: Death of David Bowie from liver cancer two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his final album Blackstar.

2018: Death of former Motorhead guitarist ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke aged 67. On the same day, Jeff Bezos becomes the second man worth over $100 billion as his wealth hits $106 billion due to a rise in Amazon’s share price.

BIRTHDAYS: Rod Stewart, singer, 75; Aynsley Dunbar, drummer, 74; Martin Turner, guitarist (Wishbone Ash) 73; Donald Fagen, musician/songwriter (Steely Dan) 72; George Foreman, former boxing champion, 71; Pat Benatar, singer, 67; Michael Schenker, guitarist, 65; Don Letts, director/musician (Big Audio Dynamite) 64; Shawn Colvin, singer, 62; Brad Roberts, singer/musician (Crash Test Dummies) 56; Joey Santiago, guitarist (Pixies) 55; Jemaine Clement, actor/comedian 46; Jared Kushner, son-in-law and advisor to President Donald Trump, 39.

Subscribe to get your latest local news articles by email each day...

Or click here to subscribe to our weekly digital edition. Your details will be stored to support your experience in line with our privacy policy.

Mick Ferris

Editor Email: [email protected]