January 10

1776

Thomas Paine's Common Sense, which greatly influenced the authors of the Declaration of Independence, was published.

1863

The first underground passenger railway, the Metropolitan, opened in London.

1920

The League of Nations came into existence.

1946

The first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London.

1967

The first African-American senator elected by popular vote, Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, took his seat.

1984

The U.S. and the Vatican reestablished diplomatic relations after a 117-year break.

2003

North Korea announced that it was withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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