Today in History: 10th January


Historical Events:

• 1908: Mahatma Gandhi is arrested for the first time.
• 1975: Ugandan diplomat Bernadette Olowo is the first female ambassador to the Vatican.
• 1997: 1st Comet of 1997 Discovered: Comet 1997 A1.
• 1999: Dr Jan Schutte (79), author and former director-general of the SABC, dies in Johannesburg.
• 2001: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will not be designatd as a national monument, the White House announces; a move environmentalist groups had been pressing for to prevent oil drilling.
• 2005: A mudslide occurs in La Conchita, California, killing 10 people, injuring many more and closing the Highway 101, the main coastal corridor between San Francisco and Los Angeles, for 10 days.

Arts, Music, TV:

• 1958: Jerry Lee Lewis’ "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts.
• 1979: Entertainer of the Year Awards.
• 1966: Abraham Jonker (60), Afrikaans novelist, dies.
• 1999: "The Sopranos", starring James Gandolfini as mobster Tony Soprano, debuts on HBO.
• 2013: 39th People’s Choice Awards: Robert Downey, Jr & Jennifer Lawrence win (Movie Star) and Nathan Fillion & Ellen Pompeo win (TV Drama).
• 2011: Ian McKellen officially confirms that he will reprise the role of Gandalf in "The Hobbit" film adaptations.


• 1945: No one is elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame.
• 1993: The Bafana Bafana, SA soccer team, wins 2-0 against Botswana in an away game.
• 1992: Emmanuel Frimpong, Ghanaian footballer, is born.
• 1983: NY Supreme Court issues a preliminary injunction barring NY Yankees from playing season-opening series against Tigers in Denver.
• 2011: Lionel Messi wins the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or, for being the best football player in 2010.

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Compiled by: Thandi Xaba