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Today is Thursday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2013. There are 355 days left in the year.
Highlight in History
On Jan. 10, 1863, the London Underground had its beginnings as the Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opened to the public with service between Paddington and Farringdon Street.
On this date
In 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, “Common Sense,” which argued for American independence from British rule.
In 1860, the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence, Mass., collapsed and caught fire, killing up to 145 people, mostly female workers from Scotland and Ireland.
In 1861, Florida became the third state to secede from the Union.
In 1870, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.
In 1901, the Spindletop oil field in Beaumont, Texas, produced the Lucas Gusher, heralding the start of the Texas oil boom.
In 1920, the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY’) went into effect.
In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London.
In 1947, the musical fantasy “Finian’s Rainbow,” with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, opened on Broadway.
In 1957, Harold Macmillan became prime minister of Britain, following the resignation of Anthony Eden.
In 1962, an ice avalanche on Nevado Huascaran in Peru resulted in some 4,000 deaths. John W. McCormack became speaker of the House, succeeding the late Samuel T. Rayburn.
In 1971, “Masterpiece Theatre” premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke introducing the drama series “The First Churchills.” French fashion designer Coco Chanel died in Paris at age 87.
In 1984, the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century.
Ten years ago
North Korea withdrew from a global treaty barring it from making nuclear weapons. With just three days left in office, Illinois Gov. George Ryan pardoned four death row inmates he said had been tortured by Chicago police into falsely confessing to murders in the 1980s.
Five years ago
The United States lodged a formal diplomatic protest with Iran over an incident in which Iranian speedboats harassed U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf. President George W. Bush, visiting Israel and the Palestinian-controlled West Bank, said a Mideast peace pact would require “painful political concessions by both sides.” John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, endorsed Barack Obama’s White House bid. Maila Nurmi, whose “Vampira” TV persona pioneered the spooky-yet-sexy Goth aesthetic, died in Los Angeles at age 85.
One year ago
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire primary; Ron Paul finished second, with Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum trailing. Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final AP poll for the eighth time, tying Notre Dame for the most of any team in college football, after winning a rematch with LSU in the BCS championship.
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Today in History for Wednesday, March 12, 2014
In 1912, the Girl Scouts of the USA had its beginnings as Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., founded the first American troop of the Girl Guides.
Shoe-bomb witness testifies from U.K. at trial
Jurors at the terrorism trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law watched him threaten there would be no end to the “storm of airplanes” on videotapes made in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks Monday just before a British man testified by video from London that he trained to blow up a plane in late 2001 with a shoe bomb.
Search widens for missing Malaysian passenger jet
Authorities hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner expanded their search on land and sea Tuesday, reflecting the difficulties in locating traces of the plane more than three days after it vanished.
Commission discusses annexation request
At the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday morning, the commissioners discussed a property annexation request from the City of Lake Park.
Today in History for Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Today is Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year.
Police investigate robbery reports
Over the weekend, police investigated several reports of individuals who were robbed by force or with the threat of a weapon.
Bender qualifies for Superior Court judge’s race
A Moultrie native and Valdosta Municipal Court judge has entered the race for the Superior Court Judge seat left open by retiring Judge Frank Horkan.
Candidates qualify in surrounding counties
Below is a list of all of the qualifying candidates from the surrounding counties of Berrien, Brooks, Cook and Lanier:
Violence reported at prison
The state Department of Corrections verified Monday that several violent episodes occurred Sunday at the Valdosta State Prison.
‘Just Move It’ Fun Run on the way
Whether it is for your family, health, or favorite charity organization, the Valdosta Junior Services League invites you to “Just Move It” at the annual Dosta Dash 5K, 10K & Fun Run on March 22, 2014.
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