“History is for human self-knowledge, the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.” History helps us in interpreting and examining the transformations society has faced, along with human experience. It helps us in understanding the dilemmas and consequences faced by people in history, that has framed society and people. History helps in teaching about the present, studying the struggles and lives of people. Let us see what January 10 holds for us in store.
Many times people say doing history is like solving a puzzle, interesting and mystical. Furthermore, it is not only relating to what has happened, it is more than knowing the reasons and consequences. January 10, we observe various historical events including the first UN General assembly meeting in the year 1946. The world got its largest merger in the year 2000 along with the world’s cheapest car debut in India in 2008. Let us explore more!
1839: Tea from India 1st arrives in the United Kingdom
On January 10, 1839, Assam tea was auctioned in London for the first time. Before January 10, 1839, China was a major supplier of tea in Britain. Tea was introduced to Robert Bruce. He was a Scottish leader and explorer. He travelled all his way to India. Then he met the chef of an indigenous tribe known as Singhpo. While exploring, he collects information regarding the types of tea grown in India and also comes in a conclusion that these are not available all around the globe except India. Before leaving, he took samples to London for verification. Consequently, this had put an end on the monopoly of the tea trade in China.
1863: First underground railway opens in London
On this day in the year 1863, the first underground railway incorporated in London. The main motive to start an underground railway was to reduce the congestion on the streets. Moreover, in the year 1898 it became the first Metro system with electric trains being operated on deep-level tube lines. The Metro system spread over 402 kilometers, 11 lines and 270 stations, becoming the worlds third largest. It carries almost 5,000,000 passengers daily with 540 dreams working up and down.
1901: Gusher signals start of U.S. oil industry
On January 10, 1901, Gusher incorporates the US oil industry near Beaumont in Texas. It produces gusher of crude oil, when geyser was discovered, 1000s feet within which flowed at a rate of one lakh barrels a day. It almost took nine days to cap. petroleum started being used in cars and aeroplanes whereas ships and trains used liquid fuel.
This was the first trillion-dollar industry of crude oil, trapped in various underground rocks with other hydrocarbon compounds.
1946: UN General Assembly meets for 1st time
The United Nations is an intergovernmental body that maintains peace and security among nations. It promotes the establishment of good ties between nations through collaborations. Apart from this, harmonization is another motive of the United Nations. Zutela angel of Colombia on January 10, 1946, called delegates from 51 nations. This meeting took place in the central hall of London. In 1945, after the WW2, the 51 nations met to plan and adopt an international body. Explicitly, the motive was to ensure stability and peace among nations after the war. The result was a formation of a charter, to resolve issues.
1951: UN headquarters opens in Manhattan NY
On 10th January 1951, the turtle bay New York had the United Nations headquarters located in an area of almost 17 acres. Wallace Harrison along with a group of architecture have designed this stunning building. It has been so influential that various movies and series have inspired from this style. The headquarters have seats for the principal organs of the United Nations including the General assembly, the security council but not international Court of Justice. The Hague hold the seat for the ICJ.
2000: AOL-Time Warner merger
On January 10, 200 one of the biggest mergers took place between AOL and Time warner. The consideration for the merger was $182 billion in debt and stock. Overall it was a $350 billion merger dominating various sectors including media, publishing, music, entertainment and internet. They came together for the formulation of an internet bubble. This is because the dot com business was on the boom and the future appeared extremely positive and wealthy.
2008: cheapest car debuts in India
On the day of 10th January 2008, Tata Motors debuts the Nano, Nano is the world’s cheapest car with an estimated price of $2500. Tata Motors, one of India’s largest automakers referred to this as ‘People’s car’. Families who couldn’t afford cars preferred nano. Moreover, it gave them an opportunity to invest in vehicles at low cost. This car has all the basic features making it an ideal for a lot of families. Therefore Tata received more than 203,000 pre-orders for the Nano.
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