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January 10

Summary
Events Pre-1600 *49 BC – Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, signalling the start of civil war. *9 – The Western Han dynasty ends when Wang Mang claims that the divine Mandate of Heaven called for the end of the dynasty and the beginning of his own, the Xin dynasty. *69 – Lucius Calpurnius Piso Licinianus is appointed by Galba as deputy Roman Emperor.
  • 236 – Pope Fabian succeeds Anterus to become the twentieth pope of Rome. *1072 – Robert Guiscard conquers Palermo in Sicily for the Normans. *1430 – Philip the Good, the Duke of Burgundy, establishes the Order of the Golden Fleece, the most prestigious, exclusive, and expensive order of chivalry in the world. *1475 – Stephen III of Moldavia defeats the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Vaslui.
1601–1900 *1645 – Archbishop William Laud is beheaded for treason at the Tower of London. *1776 – American Revolution: Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet Common
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