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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Another Uninteresting Day

Posted by R. Ann Siracusa


Usually, there’s something stimulating to write about relating to the season, holidays, or other pertinent events in any given month. But alas, the time is past for Christmas cheer and resolution making.
Since January 10 is too late for a blog about Epiphany (which has some unusual celebration rituals and legends), I decided to see what happened on this day in history.
Nada!  Zilch!  Zip!
Well, not absolutely nothing happened, but between 49 BC and 2014, Wikipedia only list a few events worth mentioning, most of which are totally underwhelming when it comes to interest. Most of them evoke a "Oh, really?" or "Who cares?" reaction.
A short list that might dredge up a memory or two from prior history lessons include:
  49 BCJulius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war.
o     9 – The Han Dynasty ends, the Xin Dynasty begins.
o  1645 – Archbishop William Laud is beheaded at the Tower of London. (Anyone know who     William Laud was?)
o  1776 – Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet Common Sense. (You can still buy this on Amazon.)

o  1806 – Dutch in Capetown surrender to the British.
o  1845 - Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning begin corresponding.
o  1861 – Florida secedes from the United States – American Civil War

o  1863 – London’s first subway opens.
o 1870 - John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil.
o  1901 – The first great Texas oil gusher is discovered in Beaumont, Texas.
o  1920 – League of Nations held its first meeting in Geneva  and ratified the Treaty of Versailles, officially ending World War I with Germany. (That’s a biggie!)

o  1928 - Soviet Union exiles Leon Trotsky
o  1946 – The first General Assembly of the United Nations opens in London with 51 nations.
o  1949 - RCA introduces 45 RPM record

o  1954 – BOAC Flight 781 explodes and falls into the Tyrrhenian Sea killing 35 people.

o  1984 – The United States and Holy See (Vatican City) re-establish full diplomatic relations after almost 117 years, overturning the United States Congress's 1867 ban on public funding for such a diplomatic envoy.
o  1990 – Time Warner is formed by the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications.
o  2003 – North Korea announced withdrawal from the nuclear arms control treats and it that the country had no plans to develop nuclear weapons.(That’s a good one!)
o  2010 - China surpasses Germany as the world’s largest exporter.
o  2012 – A bombing in Khyber AgencyPakistan, kills at least 30 people and 78 others injured.
o  2013 – More than 100 people are killed and 270 injured in several bomb blasts in Pakistan.
  2014 – Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupts.

Historical and political events and massive disasters predominate the list. Is there nothing important in the world that’s happy and positive?

In the absence of some earth shaking historical event, I looked at births and deaths. While I’m sure many thousands were born on January 10, the list of noteworthy folks is short.
o  1864 – George Washington Carver

o  1942 – Jim Croce (singer)
o  1945 – Rod Stewart (singer)

o  1953 – Pat Benater)

Unless you’re dying to know about Estonian footballers, Swiss pianists, or Australian police officers who must have done something of note (although what isn’t noted) there aren’t many notable deaths either.
o 1862 - Samuel Colt, inventor of the 6-shot revolver
o  1951 – Sinclair Lewis, American author and playwright, Nobel Prize laureate.
o  1971 – Coco Chanel, French fashion designer, founded Chanel.
o  1982 – Paul Lynde, American comedian and actor.
o  1987 – Marion Hutton, American singer and actress.

Do any of you reading this have an interesting event to tell about this day in your history? Did anything noteworthy happen to you, your family, or friends?
I’m getting my hair cut and colored today. That is appropriately ordinary for a January 10 activity. We need these non-celebration days once in a while.


Cara Marsi said...

Interesting post, Ann. Looks like a lot happened January 10. Thanks for the history lesson.

Paris said...

I sometimes wish someone would compile a list of what ordinary people were doing on a certain date. History seems to be full of facts regarding 'people or events that changed the world' but how did it affect the people living at the time? Maybe that's what drives us to write the stories we imagine them living.

Rose Anderson said...

I love mini history lessons. Thanks, Ann!

Melissa Keir said...

I like the lesson! It doesn't sound like a very important day but when you look at all the pieces, there was a lot of history happening on Jan. 10!

Enjoy your hair coloring. I need to do that too!

R. Ann Siracusa said...

Paris, Unfortunately, I don't think anyone bothers to records what ordinary people do. I suppose a list could be complied from reading diaries and journals, but who is going to do that? Even newspapers and now TV news only report on extraordinary things and people.

Tina Donahue said...

What a cool post. Who would've known January 10 had so much going on. :)

Sandy said...

LOL R. Ann, what a fun post. I enjoyed it and am sorry I'm late. It makes me wonder what events happened on my birthday.

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