GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, January 10, the 10th day of 2015 with 355 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:13 and sunset is @ 4:29. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mercury & Saturn. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.
ON THIS DAY IN: 1776 – Thomas Paine published “Common Sense,” a scathing attack on King George III’s reign over the colonies and a call for complete independence.
1861 – Florida seceded from the Union.
1870 – John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.
1901 – The Texas oil boom started in Beaumont.
1920 – The League of Nations was established as the Covenant of the League of Nations/Treaty of Versailles went into effect and had its first meeting in Geneva.
1922 – Arthur Griffith, the founder of Sinn Féin and one of the architects of the 1921 peace treaty with Britain, was elected president of the newly established Irish Free State.
1923 – Four years after the end of World War I, President Warren G. Harding ordered U.S. occupation troops stationed in Germany to return home.
1928 – The Soviet Union and Josef Stalin ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky.
1946 – The first General Assembly of the United Nations convened at Westminster Central Hall in London.
1949 – Vinyl records were launched by RCA (45 rpm) and Columbia (33.3 rpm).
1971 – “Masterpiece Theatre” premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke introducing a drama series, “The First Churchills.”
1984 – The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in 117 years.
2000 – America Online agreed to buy Time-Warner for $162 billion, making it the largest corporate merger to date.
2001 – American Airlines agreed to buy Trans World Airlines and, in a separate transaction, revealed plans to acquire 20% of US Airways.