On this day: January 10

POSTED: 10:35 AM PST Jan 09, 2013    UPDATED: 09:59 PM PST Jan 10, 2016 

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 - Lucas gusher
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1901: Capt. Anthony F. Lucas, a Louisiana mining engineer and oil prospector, makes the first major discovery of oil in Texas at Spindletop, Texas. The "Lucas Gusher" would spray oil more than 150 feet in the air for nine days before being capped and soon produced more than 100,000 barrels of oil per day. The frenzy of oil exploration and the economic development it generated in the state became known as the Texas Oil Boom.


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