History today

-1645 – Archbishop William Laud is beheaded for treason at the Tower of London.
– 1776 – American Revolution: Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet Common Sense.
– 1901 – The first great Texas oil gusher is discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas.
– 1901 – New York: Automobile Club of America installs signs on major highways.
– 1916 – World War I: In the Erzurum Offensive, Russia defeats the Ottoman Empire.
– 1990 – Time Warner is formed by the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications.
– 2007 – Ageneral strike begins in Guinea in an attempt to get President Lansana Conté to resign.
– 2012 – A bombing at Jamrud in Pakistan, kills at least 30 people and injures 78 others.
– 2013 – More than 100 people are killed and 270 injured in several bomb blasts in the Quetta area of Pakistan.
– 2015 – A traffic accident between an oil tanker truck and passenger coach en route to Shikarpur from Karachi on the Pakistan National Highway Link Road near Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Karachi, killing at least 62 people.