Highlights of Today in History: Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense; London's Underground opens; The Beatles first album released in US hits store shelves; Rod Stewart is born. (Jan. 10)
SANDY KOZEL: January 10, 1776. Thomas Paine publishes "Common Sense," one of the most influential works of the American Revolution. The pamphlet urges freedom for Britain's colonies in America just months before the Declaration of Independence. 1863, all aboard, but mind the gap as the world's first underground passenger railway opens in London.
It remains one of the largest to this day. 1964. [MUSIC - THE BEATLES, "TWIST AND SHOUT"]
JOHN LENNON: (SINGING) Well, shake it up baby now. Shake it up baby. Twist and shout.
SANDY KOZEL: The Beatles' first album in the US, "Introducing... The Beatles" hit store shelves. The following month, the Fab Four arrived in New York on their first American tour.
And in 1945. [MUSIC - ROD STEWART, "MAGGIE MAY"]
ROD STEWART: (SINGING) Oh, Maggie I couldn't have tried anymore.
SANDY KOZEL: Singer Rod Stewart, '70s chart topper and songbook crooner, is born in London. Today in history, January 10. Sandy Kozel, the Associated Press.
ROD STEWART: (SINGING) --and that's a pain I can do without.