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Today is Thursday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2019. There are 355 days left in the year.

Today in history

On Jan. 10, 1863, the London Underground had its beginnings as the Metropolitan, the world’s first underground passenger railway, opened to the public with service between Paddington and Farringdon Street.

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In 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously published his influential pamphlet, “Common Sense,” which argued for American independence from British rule.

In 1870, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil.

In 1920, the League of Nations was established as the Treaty of Versailles went into effect.

In 1946, the first General Assembly of the United Nations convened in London. ... The first manmade contact with the moon was made as radar signals transmitted by the U.S. Army Signal Corps were bounced off the lunar surface.

Fun fact

Psychologists have found that people who doubt themselves too much end up engaging in excessive information processing which leads to procrastination and self-handicapping.

Record setters

Cindy Jackson has spent $99,600 on 47 cosmetic procedures, the world record for most cosmetic procedures, including nine full-scale surgical operations since 1988. These have included three full facelifts, two nose operations, two eye lifts, liposuction, knees, waist, abdomen, thigh and jawline surgery, lip and cheek implants, chemical peels, chin bone reduction and semi-permanent make-up.

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Today’s birthdays

Opera singer Sherrill Milnes is 84. Rock singer-musician Ronnie Hawkins is 84. Movie director Walter Hill is 79. Actor William Sanderson is 75. Singer Rod Stewart is 74. Rock singer-musician Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) is 71. Boxing Hall of Famer and entrepreneur George Foreman is 70. Roots rock singer Alejandro Escovedo is 68. Rock musician Scott Thurston (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) is 67. Singer Pat Benatar is 66. Hall of Fame race car driver and team owner Bobby Rahal is 66. Rock musician Michael Schenker is 64. Singer Shawn Colvin is 63. Actor Evan Handler is 58. Rock singer Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) is 55. Actress Trini Alvarado is 52. Rock singer Brent Smith (Shinedown) is 41. Rapper Chris Smith (Kris Kross) is 40. Actress Sarah Shahi is 39. Presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is 38. American roots singer Valerie June is 37.

The Edge is compiled by Dallas Marshall. She can be contacted at dmarshall@lmtribune.com.

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