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10th January

1839 India tea was auctioned in Britain for the first time.

1840 The postal service, the "penny post", began in Britain.

1862 Samuel Colt, the American inventor of the Colt revolver, died.

1863 The first underground passenger railway, the Metropolitan, opened in London.

1903 * Dame Barabara Hepworth, English abstract sculptor.

1920 The League of Nations was inaugurated.

1929 Cartoon character 'Tintin' first appeared.

1949 7 inch microgroove records operating at 45 rpm went on sale in the US.

1944 * Freddie Starr, English comedian.

1945 * Rod Stewart, Scottish pop star who's hits include 'Sailing' and 'Maggie May'.

1953 * Pat Benetar, US singer.

1954 Thirty-five people were missing, feared dead, after a BOAC Comet jet airliner crashed into the Mediterranean.

1957 Harold Macmillan become prime minister following the resignation of Sir Anthony Eden.

1967 The first African-American senator elected by popular vote, Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, took his seat.

1984 The U.S. and the Vatican re-established diplomatic relations after a 117-year break.

1996 King Hussein of Jordan makes his first public visit to Tel Aviv Israel's largest city.

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