January 10 - the day over the years
Today is Monday, January 10, the tenth day of 2005.
There are 355 days left in the year.
A quick recap of what has gone on this date in history
1663 - Britain's King Charles II grants charter to Royal African Colony.
1815 - British declare war against King of Kandy in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka.
1863 - London's Metropolitan, the world's first underground passenger railway, opens to the public.
1889 - France establishes protectorate over Ivory Coast.
1900 - Frederick Roberts lands in S Africa as commander in chief of British army.
1901 - The Texas oil boom starts, ushering in an era of American prosperity as it introduces the world to a new energy source.
1919 - British Army takes over administration of Baghdad Railway.
1920 - League of Nations is established as Treaty of Versailles goes into effect.
1923 - Meml, Lithuania, under Allied occupation, is seized by Lithuania.
1928 - Leon Trotsky, one of the chief architects of Soviet Union, is ordered into exile by Soviet government.
1938 - Japanese troops enter Tsingtao, China.
1942 - Japanese invade Dutch East Indies in World War II.
1946 - The first UN General Assembly convenes in London.
1955 - Federal Council of Nigeria meets for first time.
1967 - Edward W. Brooke, the first black elected to the US Senate by popular vote, takes his seat.
1968 - US Surveyor 7 spacecraft makes soft landing on Moon, ending U.S. series of unmanned explorations of lunar surface.
1969 - Sweden becomes first Western European country to announce it will establish full diplomatic relations with North Vietnam.
1978 - The Soviet Union launches two cosmonauts aboard a Soyuz capsule for a rendezvous with the Salyut VI space laboratory.
1984 - The United States and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a century.
1990 - China ends seven months of martial law in Beijing.
1991 - U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar heads for Baghdad and last minute talks with Iraq on Gulf crisis.
1992 - Pilots threaten to defect with their planes and sailors warn of mutiny if the two biggest commonwealth states, Ukraine and Russia, split up the former Soviet military.
1993 - At least 15 people are killed in Mumbai in the fifth day of renewed rioting between Hindus and Muslims over destruction of Babri Masjid.
1994 - The United States, Russia and Ukraine reach an agreement on the destruction of Ukraine's entire nuclear arsenal. Lorena Bobbitt goes on trial in Manassas, Virginia, charged with malicious wounding of her husband, John. She's acquitted by reason of temporary insanity.
1995 - A military court in Haekstep, Egypt, sentences two Muslim radicals to death for taking part in the stabbing of Nobel Prize-winning novelist Naguib Mahfouz.
1996 - Chechen rebels flee with about 100 captives from a hospital in Dagestan, Russia. Russian troops kill the rebels and some of the hostages.
1997 - In Sofia, Bulgaria, tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding the end of Socialist rule storm into parliament, smashing windows and furniture and setting fire to one room.
1998 - The German government reaches an agreement to pay US$110 million to Holocaust survivors in eastern Europe.
1999 - Global monitors stave off a threatened Yugoslav army attack in northern Kosovo but fail to persuade ethnic Albanian rebels to free 8 captive soldiers.
2000 - America Online agrees to buy Time-Warner for US$162 billion, making it the largest-ever corporate merger.
2001 - Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh moves a step closer to being executed when he lets a deadline expire for resuming his appeals in Denver.
2002 - Thousands of mainland Chinese migrants' dreams to settle in Hong Kong are shattered when top courts rule most will not be allowed to stay in Hong Kong with their families.
2003 - North Korea announces it is withdrawing from the 1970 Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which it signed in 1985.
2004 - Iraqi officials express fears that a Pentagon decision to confer prisoner of war status on Saddam Hussein will prevent them from putting him on trial. However, Red Cross says POW status does not preclude prosecution.
Lazaro Spallanzani, Italian scientist (1729-1799)
John Dalberg Action, English historian (1834-1902)
Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (1872-1915)
Gisele MacKenzie, Canadian born singer (1927--)
Frank Sinatra Jr., US singer (1944--)
Rod Stewart, British pop singer (1945--)
Pat Benatar, US singer (1953--)
Hrithik Roshan, actor (1974--)