Today in history
Today is Thursday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2019 and the 21st day of winter.
Today’s Highlights in History: In 1776, Thomas Paine published his pro-independence pamphlet “Common Sense,” which quickly sold some 100,000 copies.
In 1863, the London Underground subway began operations.
In 1901, the Spindletop oil field was discovered in Beaumont, Texas, leading to the Texas Oil Boom.
In 2003, North Korea withdrew from the multination treaty barring it from developing a nuclear weapons program.
Today’s Fact: The 29 oil refineries in the state of Texas can process more than 5.7 million barrels of crude oil per day, accounting for more than new-quarter of the total U.S. refining capacity.
Today’s Sports: In 1982, Dwight Clark caught a Joe Montana pass for a touchdown with 51 seconds left on the clock, securing a 28-27 San Francisco 49ers victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC championship game.
Today’s Quote: “The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.”
— Stephen E. Ambrose
Today’s Number: 8.85 million — estimated population of London, England, in 2018.
Today’s Moon: Between new moon (Jan. 5) and first quarter moon (Jan. 13).