This Date in History

January 10, 1776

Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense.

The pamphlet called for independence for the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain. The incendiary pamphlet immediately became a phenomenon and was widely distributed and read aloud at meeting halls and taverns. Paine linked the cause of independence to the emerging American political identity, arguing that rule by the British monarchy was tyrannical and that the idea of a King was obsolete. He went on to assert that the American colonies should draft a Continental Charter and defend their independence with arms. Common Sense was well-received by reviewers and hugely impacted public opinion, swaying it in favor of independence.

January 10, 1964

Introducing the Beatles is released in the United States.

The LP included the hit singles, “Please Please Me,” “Twist and Shout,” “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” and “Love Me Do.” It reached Number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Top LP list, second only to the Meet the Beatles LP.

January 10, 1999

The Sopranos debut on HBO.

Starring James Gandolfini as New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprana and Lorraine Bracco as his psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi, the show ran for six seasons, winning 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes, and two Peabody Awards.

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