1 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Lorenzo de' Medici, 1449
  • Paul Revere, 1735
  • Betsy Ross, 1752
  • Alfred Stieglitz, 1864
  • E. M. Forster, 1879
  • J. Edgar Hoover, 1895
  • Xavier Cugat, 1900
  • William Fadiman, 1909
  • Barry Goldwater, 1909
  • Dana Andrews, 1909
  • Hank Greenberg, 1911
  • Kim Philby, 1912
  • Elliot Janeway, 1913
  • J. D. Salinger, 1919
  • Rocky Graziano, 1922
  • Idi Amin Dada, 1924
  • Maurice Bejart, 1928
  • Joe Orton, 1933
  • B. Kliban, 1935
  • Frank Langella, 1940
  • Country Joe MacDonald, 1942
  • Don Novello, 1943
  • Ricky Jay, 1948
  • Grandmaster Flash, 1958

Died On This Day:

  • King Louis XII, 1515
  • King Christian III of Denmark/Norway, 1559
  • William Wycherley, 1716
  • James Edward Stuart (the old Pretender), 1766
  • Hank Williams, 1953
  • Edward Weston, 1958
  • Margaret Sullavan OD, 1960
  • Leland Hayward, 1971
  • Maurice Chevalier, 1972
  • Michel Simon, 1975
  • Victor Buono, 1982
  • Alexis Korner, 1984
  • Lord David Cecil, 1986
  • Cesar Romero, 1994
  • Helen Wills Moody, 1998
  • Shirley Chisholm, 2005
  • Helen Suzman, 2009
  • Patti Page, 2013
  • Mario Cuomo, 2015

Today's Events:

  • 45 BC - Julius Caesar ends 445 day Year of Confusion; restarts New Year to Jan 1; Julian Calendar begins.
  • 1582 - Gregorian calendar now in effect and today is New Year's Day in France, Italy, Portugal & Spain.
  • 1660 - Samuel Pepys starts his diary: 'This morning...I rose, put on my suit with great skirts...'
  • 1673 - Mounted mail service inaugurated between New York and Boston on the Boston Post Road.
  • 1752 - Today is finally New Year's Day in England almost 170 years after France, Italy, etc.
  • 1785 - Oldest London daily newspaper, The Daily Universal Register, first published; later the Times.
  • 1788 - Daily Universal Register changes its name to The Times.
  • 1801 - First asteroid (Ceres) discovered by Giuseppi Piazzi.
  • 1801 - Effective today, the United Kingdom now includes England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
  • 1808 - Importation of slaves into US forbidden.
  • 1833 - Sovereignty of Britain over the Falkland Islands.
  • 1840 - America's first recorded bowling match at Knickerbocker Alleys, New York.
  • 1850 - First Australian postage stamp issued in New South Wales.
  • 1853 - First fire engine goes into service in Cincinnati.
  • 1863 - Abraham Lincoln issues emancipation proclamation freeing slaves.
  • 1874 - British East India Co. dissolved by British Parliament as a result of the East India Stock Dividend Redemption Act.
  • 1876 - London patent office opens for business.
  • 1877 - Queen Victoria proclaimed Empress of India at Delhi.
  • 1886 - Tournament of Roses parade started in Pasadena by Valley Hunt Club followed by amateur athletics.
  • 1892 - Ellis Island opens to screen all U.S. immigrants; becomes chief immigration station for entire USA.
  • 1898 - Brooklyn merged into New York.
  • 1902 - First postseason football game won by University of Michigan over Stanford 49-0 in Pasadena, CA.
  • 1902 - Hidden for 300 years, El Greco paintings finally shown at Prado museum in Madrid.
  • 1908 - Austrian composer Gustav Mahler makes U.S. conducting debut in 'Tristan und Isolde' at Met. Opera.
  • 1914 - First commercial air flight in the U.S.; Tony Jannus flies A.C. Pheil across Tampa Bay, Fl. at 15 feet.
  • 1923 - Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR, proclaimed.
  • 1923 - Postseason football game renamed 'Rose Bowl' in Pasadena, CA.
  • 1924 - Ink paste patented by Frank Buckley Cooney of Minneapolis, MN.
  • 1926 - Nationalist government established in China.
  • 1928 - World's first air-conditioned office building opens in San Antonio, TX.
  • 1931 - Royal Traffic Act in Britain abolishes 20 mph speed limit and brings in driving tests.
  • 1948 - World's first color newsreel filmed at Tournament of Roses, Pasadena.
  • 1958 - The European Economic Community came into existence (EEC).
  • 1959 - Castro overthrows Batista in Cuba.
  • 1961 - The farthing ceases to be legal tender.
  • 1961 - American Lutheran Church formed by merger of three Lutheran churches.
  • 1962 - Following an audition, Decca Records in London rejects new group, the Beatles.
  • 1971 - It is now illegal to advertise cigarettes on radio or television in the U.S.A.
  • 1973 - Britain enters Common Market
  • 1975 - Mitchell, Haldeman & Ehrlichman found guilty in Watergate cover-up.
  • 1976 - From today, an author, artist or composer owns copyrights on his material for 50 years after death.
  • 1980 - 'The Far Side,' cartoons by Gary Larson, debuts in the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • 1993 - Czechoslovakia is no more; Czech Republic and Slovakia become two separate countries.
  • 1999 - Euro becomes legal currency of countries participating in first wave of European Monetary Union.
  • 2002 - Euro coins and notes introduced.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Almachius
  • St. Basil's or St. Vasily's Day in Eastern Orthodox Churches
  • Odilo
  • Festival of the Circumcision

Holiday:

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  • Independence Day Australia (1901), Brunei (1984) Cameroon (1960), Haiti (1804), Sudan (1956) Western Samoa (1962)
  • Revolution Day in Cuba
  • Oshogatsu (New Year's Day) in Japan

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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