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January 1 - General (Calendar Date) New Years Day


January 1 - Basic Facts:
  • January 1 is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
  • There are 364 days remaining until the end of the year (365 in leap years).
  • The preceding day is December 31 of the previous year.
  • The next day in the year is January 2.
  • Most of the western European countries changed their start of ear to January 1 before they adopted the Gregorian calendar.
January 1st Births (Here)

January 1st Deaths (Here)

January 1st Events:
  • 153 BC - Roman consuls begin their year in office.
  • 45 BC - The Julian calendar takes effect.
  • 404 - The last known gladiatorial competition in Rome.
  • 630 - The Prophet Muhammad sets out toward Mecca.
  • 1600 - Scotland begins its numbered year on January 1 (instead of 25 March).
  • 1651 - Charles II is crowned King of Scotland.
  • 1707 - John V is crowned King of Portugal.
  • 1772 - The first traveler's cheques, which go on sale in London, can be used in 90 European cities.
  • 1788 - Publication of The Times of London (first edition), previously known as The Daily Universal Register.
  • 1800 - The Dutch East India Company is dissolved.
  • 1801 - The legislative union of Kingdom of Great Britain & Kingdom of Ireland is finished to produce the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • 1801 - Giuseppe Piazzi discovers the dwarf planet Ceres.
  • 1804 - French rule ends in Haiti.
  • 1833 - The United Kingdom claims sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.
  • 1876 - The Reichsbank opens in Berlin, Germany.
  • 1877 - Queen Victoria of Britain is now proclaimed Empress of India.
  • 1901 - The British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania & Western Australia become the Commonwealth of Australia.
  • 1901 - Edmund Barton becomes the first Prime Minister of Australia.
  • 1908 - New York City's Times Square ball is dropped for the first time - to signify the start of the New Year at midnight.
  • 1912 - The Republic of China is established.
  • 1925 - Edwin Hubble (American astronomer) announces the discovery of galaxies outside the Milky Way.
  • 1934 - "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring" is passed in Nazi Germany.
  • 1937 - Vehicle windscreen safety glass becomes mandatory in Great Britain.
  • 1939 - William Hewlett & David Packard found the computer giant Hewlett-Packard.
  • 1942 - The Declaration by the United Nations is signed by 26 nations.
  • 1946 - First civil flight from Heathrow Airport occurs.
  • 1948 - The British railways are nationalised to form British Rail.
  • 1958 - The European Community is established.
  • 1959 - Fulgencio Batista (president of Cuba), is overthrown by Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution.
  • 1971 - American television bans cigarette advertisements.
  • 1972 - Kurt Waldheim (Austrian diplomat) becomes Secretary General of the United Nations.
  • 1973 - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland & Denmark are admitted into the European Community.
  • 1983 - The ARPANET officially changes to using the Internet Protocol, giving rise to the Internet.
  • 1985 - The Internet's Domain Name System is created.
  • 1989 - The Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer comes into force.
  • 1993 - Czechoslovakia is dissolved: being divided into the Slovak Republic & the Czech Republic.
  • 1993 - European Community single market is introduced.
  • 1994 - The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) comes into effect.
  • 1994 - The European Economic Area (EEA) comes into effect.
  • 1995 - The World Trade Organization (WTO) comes into effect.
  • 1998 - The European Central Bank (ECB) is established.
  • 1999 - The Euro currency is introduced.
  • 2002 - Euro banknotes & coins become legal tender in 12 of the European Union's member states.

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