Historical Political Events for January 10

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Year Event
1776 Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense.
1861 The Florida legislature votes to secede from the Union.
1920 League of Nations comes into existence -- without US involvement.
1967 PBS (the Public Broadcasting System) Television begins as a 70 station network
1972 An essay in the Washington Post, "Study Says Cigarette Smoke Also May Harm Nonusers", raises the issue that .
1984 The United States and the Vatican reestablished diplomatic relations, which had been broken off in 1867.
1998 Today's Example of a Most Interesting Government Purchase (from the CBD): From the U.S. Department of Education: "EARLY CHILDHOOD LONGITUDINAL STUDY--BIRTH COHORT", AMT $13,219,319, TO Westat, Inc. [The public and the press have been puzzled as to why the quality of education has decreased in inverse proportion as the educational government spending has increased. Now you have a clue!]
2007 In a nationally televised address, President Bush announces an additional 20,000 troops will be deployed to Baghdad to try to stem the sectarian fighting. The "Surge".
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Quote of
the Day
It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.
    — Henry Louis (H. L.) Mencken (September 12, 1880, Baltimore January 29, 1956)
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