On This Day

What Happened on January 10

Important Events

  • 49 BC Julius Caesar defies the Roman Senate and crosses the Rubicon, uttering "alea iacta est" (the die is cast), signaling the start of civil war which would lead to his appointment as Roman dictator for life
  • 1430 Catholic Order of the Golden Fleece founded in Bruges in celebration of the prosperous and wealthy domains of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy
  • 1475 Stephen III of Moldavia defeats the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Vaslui
  • 1776 "Common Sense" Pamphlet by Thomas Paine published, advocating American independence
  • 1839 Tea from India 1st arrives in the United Kingdom
  • 1946 UN General Assembly meets for 1st time in London
More Historical Events

January 10 in Film & TV

January 10 in Music

January 10 in Sport

  • 1982 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 28-27; "The Catch" - iconic moment in NFL history - Dwight Clark makes fingertip catch for a TD from Joe Montana with 58" remaining; SF goes on to win Super Bowl

Did You Know?

Suffragettes the "Silent Sentinels" first protest outside The White House, in Washington led by Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party

On January 10, 1917

Would You Believe?

Edward W. Brooke (Sen-R-Mass), takes his seat as the 1st popularly elected African American to the US Senate

On January 10, 1967

Famous Weddings

  • 1430 Duke Philip the Good marries Isabella of Portugal
  • 1857 Novelist Jules Verne (28) weds Honorine de Viane Morel
  • 1870 Deputy sheriff Wyatt Earp (21) weds Urilla Sutherland in Lamar, Texas

Famous Divorces

  • 1810 French church annuls marriage of Napoleon I and Empress Joséphine
  • 1936 Actress Mary Pickford (44) divorces actor Douglas Fairbanks (52) after 15 years of marriage
  • 1967 Actor Christopher Plummer (37) divorces columnist Patricia Lewis after nearly 5 years of marriage
More Weddings & Divorces