On this day: January 10

POSTED: 10:35 AM PST Jan 09, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PST Jan 09, 2014 

Caesar crosses the Rubicon, the London Underground opens, RCA introduces the 45 rpm single, The Beatles' first U.S. record is released, and Wendy's asks "Where's the Beef?," all on this day.

OTD January 10 - steamboat New Orleans
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1812: The New Orleans, the first steamboat to sail down the Mississippi River, arrives in New Orleans, La. It had left Pittsburgh, Pa., on Oct. 20, 1811, reaching Louisville, Ky., in four days, and then spent three weeks traveling between Louisville and Cincinnati while waiting for the waters of the Ohio River to rise enough to safely continue to New Orleans. The 138-foot ship had a 30-foot beam and was propelled by a stern-wheel, assisted at times by sails, and reached a sped of 10 miles per hour. Its journey helped usher in the era of commercial steamboat navigation on the country's western rivers.

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