10 January It Happened Today
1645 William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, is beheaded.
1840 The Penny Post is introduced in Britain. The sender of the letter now pays the postage whereas under the previous system, the recipient would have to pay.
1862 Death of the American gunsmith Sam Colt.
1945 Birth of British rock singer Rod Stewart,
1949 RCA and Columbia launch the vinyl record in America.
1971 Death of the fashion designer Coco Chanel.