On Jan. 10, 1984, the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than 100 years.
In 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his pamphlet, “Common Sense,” which argued for American independence from British rule.
In 1870, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.
In 1917, legendary Western frontiersman and showman William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody died at his sister’s home in Denver at age 70.
In 1967, Massachusetts Republican Edward W. Brooke, the first black person elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, took his seat.
In 2002, Marines began flying hundreds of al-Qaida prisoners in Afghanistan to a U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.