Tuesday, October 12, 2010
54 – Nero becomes emperor of Rome. Things will not turn out well.
409 – Two German tribes, the Vandals and the Alans, cross the Pyrenees into Roman Hispania, where they are given lands to settle in exchange for military service.
1307 – In an early example of "strategic default," King Philip IV of France—deeply in debt to Knights Templar who have loaned money to finance his English wars—has them all arrested and executed.
1792 – The cornerstone of the new U.S. Executive Mansion is laid. Several future President will also get laid there.
1845 – Voters in the Republic of Texas approve a new constitution that will allow them to join the Union.
1946 – France adopts the constitution of the Fourth Republic. It is not a success.
1967 – The Oakland Oaks defeat the Anaheim Amigos 134-129 in the first-ever American Basketball Association game. The league will survive and later merge with the NBA, but both of these teams will fold.
1983 – Ameritech Mobile Communications (later part of SBC and even later of AT&T) launches the first cellular telephone service in Chicago.