Today is Jan. 10.
Thomas Paine, political pamphleteer, published "Common Sense" on this date in 1776. "Common Sense" immediately became a bestseller. In it, Paine argued that independence from England was just "Common Sense." Ironically, Paine was himself an Englishman who arrived in the Colonies only a few months before.
It was on this date in 1878 that a constitutional amendment that’d give women the right to vote was introduced in the U.S. Senate by California’s A.A. Sargent. He was a close friend of Susan B. Anthony, and the women’s suffrage amendment was called the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. It wasn’t until Aug. 26, 1920 -- 42 years later -- that the amendment was finally signed into law.
This is a day of political milestones. The League of Nations came into being as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect on this date in 1920. The United States never joined the League of Nations, and it was dissolved in April 1946. Its successor, the United Nations, held its first meeting on this date in 1946 -- not in New York but in London.
The biggest merger in history was announced on this date in 2000 when America Online said it had agreed to buy Time Warner for $165 billion.
And oil was discovered in Texas on this day in 1901. The Southwest oil boom began with the Spindletop claim near Beaumont. Before that, Americans associated oil with western Pennsylvania.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.