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January 1st, 2045 (January 01 2045)EventThe Julian calendar takes effect for the first time. Julian Quotes
January 1st, 2008 (January 01 2008)EventA New Hampshire law legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples comes into effect.
January 1st, 2008 (January 01 2008)EventMalta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency.
January 1st, 2008 (January 01 2008)DeathSalvatore Bonanno, son of Joseph Bonnano (born in 1932)
January 1st, 2008 (January 01 2008)DeathPeter Caffrey, Irish actor (born in 1949)
January 1st, 2008 (January 01 2008)DeathPratap Chandra Chunder, union minister of India (born in 1919)
January 1st, 2008 (January 01 2008)DeathHarold Corsini, American photographer (born in 1919)
January 1st, 2007 (January 01 2007)EventBulgaria and Romania officially join the European Union. Also, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Irish become official languages of the European Union, joining 20 other official languages.
January 1st, 2007 (January 01 2007)EventAdam Air Flight 574 disappears over Indonesia with 102 people on board.
January 1st, 2007 (January 01 2007)DeathA. I. Bezzerides, American novelist and screenwriter (born in 1908)
January 1st, 2007 (January 01 2007)DeathErnie Koy, American baseball player (born in 1909)
January 1st, 2007 (January 01 2007)DeathTillie Olsen, American writer (born in 1912)
January 1st, 2007 (January 01 2007)DeathLeon Davidson, American scientist known for studying UFOs (born in 1922)
January 1st, 2007 (January 01 2007)DeathJulius Hegyi, American conductor (born in 1923)
January 1st, 2007 (January 01 2007)DeathDel Reeves, American country singer (born in 1932)
January 1st, 2007 (January 01 2007)DeathRoland Levinsky, South African medical scientist (born in 1943)
January 1st, 2007 (January 01 2007)DeathLeonard Fraser, Australian serial killer (born in 1951)
January 1st, 2007 (January 01 2007)DeathTad Jones, American jazz music historian (born in 1952)
January 1st, 2007 (January 01 2007)DeathDarrent Williams, American football player (born in 1982)
January 1st, 2006 (January 01 2006)DeathHarry Magdoff, American magazine editor (born in 1913)
January 1st, 2006 (January 01 2006)DeathHugh McLaughlin, Irish publisher and inventor (born in 1918)
January 1st, 2006 (January 01 2006)DeathDawn Lake, Australian TV comedienne (born in 1927)
January 1st, 2006 (January 01 2006)DeathBryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks) (born in 1956)
January 1st, 2005 (January 01 2005)DeathShirley Chisholm, American politician (born in 1924)
January 1st, 2005 (January 01 2005)DeathHugh Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham, British newspaperman (born in 1931)
January 1st, 2005 (January 01 2005)DeathEugene J. Martin, American painter, artist (born in 1938)Eugene J. Martin Quotes
January 1st, 2005 (January 01 2005)DeathBob Matsui, American politician (born in 1941)
January 1st, 2004 (January 01 2004)EventIn a vote of confidence, General Pervez Musharraf wins 658 out of 1,170 votes in the Electoral College of Pakistan, and according to Article 41(8) of the Constitution of Pakistan, was "deemed to be elected" to the office of President until October 2007.
January 1st, 2003 (January 01 2003)DeathJoe Foss, American politician, fighter pilot and AFL Commissioner (born in 1915)
January 1st, 2003 (January 01 2003)DeathF. William Free, American advertising executive (born in 1928)
January 1st, 2003 (January 01 2003)DeathCyril Shaps, English actor (born in 1923)
January 1st, 2002 (January 01 2002)EventEuro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union s member states.
January 1st, 2002 (January 01 2002)EventTaiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei.
January 1st, 2002 (January 01 2002)EventThe Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty, initially signed in 1992, officially comes into force.
January 1st, 2002 (January 01 2002)EventPluto is officially declared not a planet.
January 1st, 2002 (January 01 2002)DeathJulia Phillips, American film producer (born in 1944)
January 1st, 2001 (January 01 2001)DeathRay Walston, American actor (born in 1914)
January 1st, 2000 (January 01 2000)EventAs the world celebrates, no major crisis arises from the dreaded Y2K computer "millennium bug".
January 1st, 2000 (January 01 2000)DeathColin Vaughan, Australian political journalist (born in 1931)
January 1st, 1999 (January 01 1999)EventThe Euro currency is introduced.
January 1st, 1999 (January 01 1999)Eventnew administrative division of Polandthe country is divided in 16 voivodeships (regions) instead of previous 49.
January 1st, 1998 (January 01 1998)EventRussia begins to circulate new rubles to stem inflation and promote confidence.
January 1st, 1998 (January 01 1998)EventThe European Central Bank is established.
January 1st, 1998 (January 01 1998)BirthMarlene Lawston, American child actress
January 1st, 1998 (January 01 1998)DeathHelen Wills Moody, American tennis player (born in 1905)
January 1st, 1997 (January 01 1997)EventThe Republic of Zaire officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Zaire.
January 1st, 1997 (January 01 1997)EventGhanaian diplomat Kofi Annan is appointed Secretary General of the United Nations.
January 1st, 1997 (January 01 1997)DeathHagood Hardy, Canadian composer and musician (born in 1937)
January 1st, 1997 (January 01 1997)DeathTownes Van Zandt, American musician (born in 1944)
January 1st, 1996 (January 01 1996)EventCuracao gains limited self-government, though it remains within free association with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.Cao Cao Quotes
January 1st, 1996 (January 01 1996)BirthMary Gibbs, American child actress
January 1st, 1996 (January 01 1996)DeathArleigh Burke, American admiral (born in 1901)
January 1st, 1996 (January 01 1996)DeathArthur Rudolph, German engineer (born in 1906)
January 1st, 1995 (January 01 1995)EventThe World Trade Organization comes into effect.
January 1st, 1995 (January 01 1995)EventThe Kingdom of Sweden and the republics of Austria and Finland are admitted into the European Union.
January 1st, 1995 (January 01 1995)EventThe Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe becomes the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
January 1st, 1995 (January 01 1995)EventThe Draupner wave in the North Sea in Norway is detected, confirming the existence of freak waves.
January 1st, 1995 (January 01 1995)EventFirecrackers are banned in Vietnam on T?t for safety reasons.
January 1st, 1995 (January 01 1995)DeathEugene Wigner, Hungarian physicist, Nobel laureate (born in 1902)
January 1st, 1995 (January 01 1995)DeathFred West, British serial killer (suicide) (born in 1941)
January 1st, 1994 (January 01 1994)EventThe Zapatista Army of National Liberation initiates twelve days of armed conflict in the Mexican State of Chiapas.
January 1st, 1994 (January 01 1994)EventThe North American Free Trade Agreement comes into effect.
January 1st, 1994 (January 01 1994)EventThe European Economic Area comes into effect.
January 1st, 1994 (January 01 1994)EventThe International Tropical Timber Agreement comes into effect.
January 1st, 1994 (January 01 1994)DeathLord Arthur Porritt, Governor-General of New Zealand (born in 1900)
January 1st, 1994 (January 01 1994)DeathCesar Romero, American actor (born in 1907)
January 1st, 1993 (January 01 1993)EventDissolution of Czechoslovakia: Czechoslovakia is divided into the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic.
January 1st, 1993 (January 01 1993)EventA single market within the European Community is introduced.
January 1st, 1992 (January 01 1992)DeathGrace Hopper, American computer pioneer (born in 1906)Grace Hopper Quotes
January 1st, 1991 (January 01 1991)BirthKathleen Herles, American voice actor
January 1st, 1991 (January 01 1991)DeathBuck Ram, American songwriter and businessman (The Platters) (born in 1907)
January 1st, 1990 (January 01 1990)EventDavid Dinkins is sworn in as New York City s first black mayor.
January 1st, 1989 (January 01 1989)EventThe Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer comes into force.
January 1st, 1988 (January 01 1988)EventThe Evangelical Lutheran Church in America comes into existence, creating the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States.
January 1st, 1987 (January 01 1987)BirthGilbert Brule, Canadian professional hockey player
January 1st, 1987 (January 01 1987)BirthMeryl Davis, American ice dancer
January 1st, 1987 (January 01 1987)BirthDevin Setoguchi, Canadian professional hockey player
January 1st, 1986 (January 01 1986)EventAruba becomes independent of Curacao, though it remains in free association with the Kingdom of the Netherlands.Cao Cao Quotes
January 1st, 1986 (January 01 1986)EventThe Kingdom of Spain and the Portuguese Republic are admitted into the European Community.
January 1st, 1986 (January 01 1986)BirthGlen Davis, American basketball player
January 1st, 1986 (January 01 1986)DeathAlfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (born in 1902)
January 1st, 1986 (January 01 1986)DeathBruce Norris, American hockey executive (Detroit Red Wings) (born in 1924)
January 1st, 1985 (January 01 1985)EventThe Internet s Domain Name System is created.
January 1st, 1985 (January 01 1985)EventThe first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone.
January 1st, 1985 (January 01 1985)BirthSteven Davis, Northern Irish footballer
January 1st, 1985 (January 01 1985)DeathKamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (born in 1905)
January 1st, 1984 (January 01 1984)EventThe original American Telephone & Telegraph Company is broken up into twenty-two independent units as a result of the settlement of the 1974 United States Department of Justice antitrust suit against AT&T .
January 1st, 1984 (January 01 1984)EventThe Sultanate of Brunei becomes independent of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
January 1st, 1984 (January 01 1984)BirthJose Paolo Guerrero, Peruvian footballer
January 1st, 1984 (January 01 1984)BirthAlok Kapali, Bangladeshi cricketer
January 1st, 1984 (January 01 1984)BirthShareefa, American singer
January 1st, 1984 (January 01 1984)BirthMichael Witt, Australian rugby league footballer
January 1st, 1984 (January 01 1984)DeathAlexis Korner, British blues musician (born in 1928)
January 1st, 1983 (January 01 1983)EventThe ARPANET officially changes to using the Internet Protocol, creating the Internet.
January 1st, 1983 (January 01 1983)BirthAli Bastian, English actress and model
January 1st, 1983 (January 01 1983)BirthCalum Davenport, English footballer
January 1st, 1983 (January 01 1983)BirthEmi Kobayashi, Japanese model
January 1st, 1982 (January 01 1982)EventPeruvian Javier Perez de Cuellar becomes the first Latin American to hold the title of Secretary General of the United Nations.
January 1st, 1982 (January 01 1982)BirthDavid Nalbandian, Argentinian tennis player
January 1st, 1982 (January 01 1982)DeathVictor Buono, American actor (born in 1938)
January 1st, 1981 (January 01 1981)EventThe Republic of Greece is admitted into the European Community.
January 1st, 1981 (January 01 1981)EventThe Republic of Palau achieves self-government though it is not independent from the United States.
January 1st, 1981 (January 01 1981)BirthJonas Armstrong, Irish actor
January 1st, 1981 (January 01 1981)BirthZsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian race car driver
January 1st, 1981 (January 01 1981)BirthAbdulkadir Kocak, Turkish boxer
January 1st, 1981 (January 01 1981)BirthEden Riegel, American actress
January 1st, 1981 (January 01 1981)DeathHephzibah Menuhin, American-Jewish concert pianist (born in 1920)
January 1st, 1980 (January 01 1980)EventVictoria is crowned princess of Sweden.
January 1st, 1980 (January 01 1980)BirthElin Nordegren, Swedish model
January 1st, 1980 (January 01 1980)DeathPietro Nenni, Italian socialist politician (born in 1891)
January 1st, 1980 (January 01 1980)DeathAdolph Deutsch, American composer and arranger (born in 1897)
January 1st, 1979 (January 01 1979)EventFormal diplomatic relations are established between the People s Republic of China and the United States of America.
January 1st, 1979 (January 01 1979)BirthBrody Dalle, Australian singer (The Distillers)
January 1st, 1979 (January 01 1979)BirthKoichi Domoto, Japanese artist
January 1st, 1978 (January 01 1978)EventAir India Flight 855 Boeing 747 crashes into the sea, due to instrument failure and pilot disorientation, off the coast of Bombay, killing 213.
January 1st, 1978 (January 01 1978)EventThe Constitution of the Northern Mariana Islands becomes effective.
January 1st, 1978 (January 01 1978)BirthVidya Balan, Indian actress
January 1st, 1978 (January 01 1978)BirthNina Bott, German actress
January 1st, 1978 (January 01 1978)BirthJensen Ackles, American actor
January 1st, 1978 (January 01 1978)BirthPhillip Mulryne, Northern Irish footballer
January 1st, 1978 (January 01 1978)BirthParamahamsa Sri Nithyananda, Indian spiritualist
January 1st, 1978 (January 01 1978)BirthTarik O Regan, British composer
January 1st, 1977 (January 01 1977)BirthKeeley Hawes, British actress
January 1st, 1977 (January 01 1977)BirthHasan Salihamidzic, Bosnian footballer
January 1st, 1976 (January 01 1976)BirthCaleb Wyatt, American motocross rider
January 1st, 1976 (January 01 1976)BirthGeorgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress
January 1st, 1975 (January 01 1975)BirthSonali Bendre, Indian model and actress
January 1st, 1975 (January 01 1975)BirthJoe Cannon, American soccer player
January 1st, 1975 (January 01 1975)BirthEiichiro Oda, Japanese Manga artist
January 1st, 1974 (January 01 1974)BirthCatalina Guirado, English model and TV personality
January 1st, 1973 (January 01 1973)EventDenmark, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland are admitted into the European Community.
January 1st, 1973 (January 01 1973)BirthAnwar Mansoor Mangrio, Sindhi poet & research scholar.
January 1st, 1972 (January 01 1972)EventAustrian diplomat Kurt Waldheim becomes Secretary General of the United Nations.
January 1st, 1972 (January 01 1972)BirthNeve McIntosh, Scottish actress
January 1st, 1972 (January 01 1972)BirthLilian Thuram, French footballer
January 1st, 1972 (January 01 1972)BirthDJ Shadow, American DJ and songwriter
January 1st, 1972 (January 01 1972)DeathMaurice Chevalier, French actor and singer (born in 1888)Maurice Chevalier Quotes
January 1st, 1971 (January 01 1971)EventCigarette advertisements are banned on American television.
January 1st, 1971 (January 01 1971)BirthBobby Holik, Czech hockey player
January 1st, 1971 (January 01 1971)BirthSammie Henson, American wrestler
January 1st, 1971 (January 01 1971)DeathSaint Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Saint (born in 1894) Philo Quotes
January 1st, 1970 (January 01 1970)BirthGabriel Jarret, American actor
January 1st, 1970 (January 01 1970)BirthShelley O Donnell, Australian netballer
January 1st, 1970 (January 01 1970)BirthKimberly Page, American actress
January 1st, 1969 (January 01 1969)BirthMorris Chestnut, American actor
January 1st, 1969 (January 01 1969)BirthSophie Okonedo, British actress
January 1st, 1969 (January 01 1969)BirthChristi Paul, American news anchor
January 1st, 1969 (January 01 1969)BirthVerne Troyer, American actor
January 1st, 1969 (January 01 1969)BirthNicolle Dickson, Australian actress
January 1st, 1969 (January 01 1969)DeathBruno Soderstrom, Swedish athlete (born in 1888)
January 1st, 1969 (January 01 1969)DeathBarton MacLane, American actor (born in 1902)
January 1st, 1968 (January 01 1968)BirthJoey Stefano, American adult actor (died in 1994)
January 1st, 1968 (January 01 1968)BirthMiki Higashino, Japanese composer
January 1st, 1968 (January 01 1968)BirthDavor Suker, Croatian footballer
January 1st, 1967 (January 01 1967)BirthDerrick Thomas, American football player (died in 2000)
January 1st, 1967 (January 01 1967)BirthJuanma Bajo Ulloa, Spanish film director
January 1st, 1967 (January 01 1967)BirthJohn Digweed, English DJ
January 1st, 1967 (January 01 1967)BirthTim Dog, American rapper
January 1st, 1966 (January 01 1966)EventA twelve-day New York City transit strike begins.
January 1st, 1966 (January 01 1966)EventAfter a coup, Colonel Jean-Bedel Bokassa assumes power as president of the Central African Republic. Bede Quotes
January 1st, 1966 (January 01 1966)BirthAnna Burke, Australian politician
January 1st, 1966 (January 01 1966)DeathVincent Auriol, French politician (born in 1884)
January 1st, 1965 (January 01 1965)EventThe People s Democratic Party of Afghanistan is founded in Kabul.
January 1st, 1964 (January 01 1964)EventThe Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland is divided into the independent republics of Zambia and Malawi, and the British-controlled Rhodesia.
January 1st, 1964 (January 01 1964)BirthJuliana Donald, American actress Julian Quotes
January 1st, 1964 (January 01 1964)BirthDedee Pfeiffer, American actress
January 1st, 1964 (January 01 1964)DeathBechara El Khoury, President of Lebanon (born in 1890)
January 1st, 1963 (January 01 1963)BirthLina Kaciusyte, Lithuanian swimmer
January 1st, 1963 (January 01 1963)DeathDr Gilbert Bogle and Mrs Margaret Chandler, Australian victims of an unsolved murder or possibly accidental death
January 1st, 1962 (January 01 1962)EventWestern Samoa achieves independence from New Zealand; its name is changed to the Independent State of Western Samoa.
January 1st, 1962 (January 01 1962)EventUnited States Navy SEALs established.
January 1st, 1962 (January 01 1962)EventThe Beatles unsuccessfully auditions for Decca Records.
January 1st, 1962 (January 01 1962)BirthSophie Thompson, British actress
January 1st, 1962 (January 01 1962)BirthAri Up, German musician (The Slits)
January 1st, 1961 (January 01 1961)BirthFiona Phillips, British television presenter
January 1st, 1961 (January 01 1961)BirthMark Wingett, British actor
January 1st, 1961 (January 01 1961)BirthSam Palahnuk, American video game designer
January 1st, 1960 (January 01 1960)EventThe Republic of Cameroon achieves independence from France and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
January 1st, 1960 (January 01 1960)DeathMargaret Sullavan, American actress (born in 1909)
January 1st, 1959 (January 01 1959)EventCultivars of plants named after this date must be named in a modern language, not in Latin.[citation needed]
January 1st, 1959 (January 01 1959)EventFulgencio Batista, president of Cuba, is overthrown by Fidel Castro s forces during the Cuban Revolution.Fidel Castro Quotes
January 1st, 1959 (January 01 1959)BirthAzali Assoumani, Comorian president
January 1st, 1959 (January 01 1959)BirthJennifer Edwards, American actress
January 1st, 1959 (January 01 1959)BirthPanagiotis Giannakis, Greek basketball player and coach
January 1st, 1958 (January 01 1958)EventThe European Community is established.
January 1st, 1958 (January 01 1958)BirthGrandmaster Flash, Barbadian musician
January 1st, 1958 (January 01 1958)DeathEdward Weston, American photographer (born in 1886)
January 1st, 1957 (January 01 1957)EventGeorge Town, Penang becomes a city by a royal charter granted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
January 1st, 1957 (January 01 1957)EventAn Irish Republican Army (IRA) unit attacks Brookeborough RUC barracks in one of the most famous incidents of the IRA s Operation Harvest.
January 1st, 1957 (January 01 1957)BirthEwa Kasprzyk, Polish actress
January 1st, 1957 (January 01 1957)BirthEvangelos Venizelos, Greek lawyer, professor and politician
January 1st, 1957 (January 01 1957)DeathSean South and Fergal O Hanlon are killed in the Brookeborough Raid.
January 1st, 1956 (January 01 1956)EventThe Republic of the Sudan achieves independence from the Egyptian Republic and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
January 1st, 1956 (January 01 1956)EventA new year event causes panic and stampedes at Yahiko Shrine, Yahiko, central Niigata, Japan, killing at least 124 people.
January 1st, 1956 (January 01 1956)BirthMark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (died in 2000)
January 1st, 1956 (January 01 1956)BirthSergei Avdeyev, Russian cosmonaut
January 1st, 1956 (January 01 1956)BirthMike Mitchell, American basketball player
January 1st, 1956 (January 01 1956)BirthKoji Yakusho, Japanese actor
January 1st, 1954 (January 01 1954)BirthBob Menendez, American politician
January 1st, 1954 (January 01 1954)DeathDuff Cooper, British diplomat and writer (born in 1890)
January 1st, 1953 (January 01 1953)BirthGreg Carmichael, British guitarist (Acoustic Alchemy)
January 1st, 1953 (January 01 1953)DeathHank Williams, American singer (born in 1923)
January 1st, 1951 (January 01 1951)BirthAshfaq Hussain, Urdu poet
January 1st, 1951 (January 01 1951)BirthNana Patekar, Indian film and stage actor
January 1st, 1951 (January 01 1951)BirthHans-Joachim Stuck, German race car driver
January 1st, 1950 (January 01 1950)EventThe state of Ajaigarh is ceded to the Government of India.
January 1st, 1950 (January 01 1950)BirthMorgan Fisher, English musician (Mott the Hoople)
January 1st, 1950 (January 01 1950)BirthDeepa Mehta, Indian-born Canadian film director and screenwriter
January 1st, 1949 (January 01 1949)EventUnited Nations cease-fire takes effect in Kashmir from one minute before midnight. War between India and Pakistan stops accordingly.
January 1st, 1949 (January 01 1949)BirthDaniel E Gawthrop, American composer
January 1st, 1948 (January 01 1948)EventBritish railways are nationalised to form British Rail.
January 1st, 1948 (January 01 1948)EventAfter partition, India declines to pay the agreed share of Rs.550 million in cash balances to Pakistan.
January 1st, 1948 (January 01 1948)EventThe Constitution of Italy comes into force.
January 1st, 1948 (January 01 1948)BirthPavel Grachev, Russian general
January 1st, 1947 (January 01 1947)EventThe American and British occupation zones in Germany, after the World War II, merge to form the Bizone, that later became the Federal Republic of Germany.
January 1st, 1947 (January 01 1947)BirthJon Corzine, American politician
January 1st, 1947 (January 01 1947)BirthPaula Tsui, Hong Kong singer
January 1st, 1946 (January 01 1946)EventThe first civil flight from Heathrow Airport occurs.
January 1st, 1946 (January 01 1946)BirthCarl B. Hamilton, Swedish economist and politician
January 1st, 1946 (January 01 1946)BirthRick Hurst, American actor
January 1st, 1946 (January 01 1946)BirthRivelino, Brazilian football player
January 1st, 1945 (January 01 1945)EventWorld War II: In retaliation for the Malmedy massacre, U.S. troops massacre 30 SS prisoners at Chenogne.
January 1st, 1945 (January 01 1945)EventWorld War II: The German Luftwaffe launches Unternehmen Bodenplatte, a massive, but failed attempt to knock out Allied air power in northern Europe in a single blow.
January 1st, 1945 (January 01 1945)BirthPeter Duncan, Australian politician
January 1st, 1945 (January 01 1945)BirthJacky Ickx, Belgian race car driver
January 1st, 1944 (January 01 1944)BirthJimmy Hart, American wrestling manager
January 1st, 1944 (January 01 1944)BirthZafarullah Khan Jamali, Pakistani politician
January 1st, 1944 (January 01 1944)DeathSir Edward Lutyens, British architect who designed New Delhi (born in 1869)
January 1st, 1944 (January 01 1944)DeathCharles Turner, Australian cricketer (born in 1862)
January 1st, 1943 (January 01 1943)BirthRaghunath Anant Mashelkar, Indian scientist
January 1st, 1943 (January 01 1943)BirthDon Novello, American actor
January 1st, 1943 (January 01 1943)BirthLarry Clark, American director
January 1st, 1943 (January 01 1943)DeathColonel Andrew Summers Rowan, U.S. military officer who gave "a message to Garcia" (born in 1857)
January 1st, 1942 (January 01 1942)EventThe Declaration by the United Nations is signed by twenty-six nations.
January 1st, 1942 (January 01 1942)EventWorld War II: The U.S. Office of Production Management prohibits sales of new cars and trucks to civilians.
January 1st, 1942 (January 01 1942)BirthGennadi Sarafanov, Soviet cosmonaut (died in 2005)
January 1st, 1942 (January 01 1942)BirthCountry Joe McDonald, American musician (Country Joe and the Fish)
January 1st, 1942 (January 01 1942)BirthMartin Frost, American politician
January 1st, 1942 (January 01 1942)BirthAlassane Ouattara, Former Prime Minister of Ivory Coast
January 1st, 1942 (January 01 1942)BirthJudy Stone, Australian pop singer
January 1st, 1940 (January 01 1940)BirthFrank Langella, American actor
January 1st, 1940 (January 01 1940)DeathPanuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist (born in 1865)
January 1st, 1939 (January 01 1939)EventWilliam Hewlett and David Packard found Hewlett-Packard.
January 1st, 1939 (January 01 1939)EventSydney, Australia, swelters in 45 ?C (113 ?F) heat, a record for the city.
January 1st, 1939 (January 01 1939)BirthMichele Mercier, French actress
January 1st, 1938 (January 01 1938)BirthRobert Jankel, British coachbuilder (died in 2005)
January 1st, 1938 (January 01 1938)BirthClay Cole, American television host and producer
January 1st, 1937 (January 01 1937)EventSafety glass in vehicle windscreens becomes mandatory in Great Britain.
January 1st, 1937 (January 01 1937)EventPublic Order Act is passed in Great Britain
January 1st, 1937 (January 01 1937)BirthAdam Wisniewski-Snerg, Polish author (died in 1995)
January 1st, 1935 (January 01 1935)BirthB. Kliban, American cartoonist (died in 1990)
January 1st, 1934 (January 01 1934)EventAlcatraz Island becomes a United States federal prison.
January 1st, 1934 (January 01 1934)EventNazi Germany passes the "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring".
January 1st, 1933 (January 01 1933)BirthJoe Orton, English writer (died in 1967)Joe Orton Quotes
January 1st, 1933 (January 01 1933)BirthFrederick Lowy, Canadian educator
January 1st, 1933 (January 01 1933)BirthNorman Yemm, Australian actor
January 1st, 1932 (January 01 1932)BirthGiuseppe Patane, Italian opera conductor (died in 1989)
January 1st, 1932 (January 01 1932)BirthJackie Parker, American football player (died in 2006)
January 1st, 1932 (January 01 1932)DeathC P Scott, British journalist, publisher and politician (born in 1846)
January 1st, 1931 (January 01 1931)DeathMartinus Beijerinck, Dutch microbiologist and botanist (born in 1851)
January 1st, 1930 (January 01 1930)BirthTy Hardin, American film actor
January 1st, 1930 (January 01 1930)BirthGaafar al-Nimeiry, President of Sudan 1971-85
January 1st, 1929 (January 01 1929)EventThe former municipalities of Point Grey, British Columbia and South Vancouver, British Columbia are amalgamated into Vancouver.
January 1st, 1928 (January 01 1928)BirthErnest Tidyman, American writer (died in 1984)
January 1st, 1927 (January 01 1927)EventTurkey adopts the Gregorian calendar: December 18, 1926 (Julian), is immediately followed by January 1, 1927 (Gregorian). Julian Quotes
January 1st, 1927 (January 01 1927)BirthDoak Walker, American football star (died in 1998)
January 1st, 1927 (January 01 1927)BirthCalum MacKay, Canadian hockey player (died in 2001)
January 1st, 1927 (January 01 1927)BirthMaurice Bejart, French choreographer (died in 2007)
January 1st, 1927 (January 01 1927)BirthPat Heywood, Scottish actress
January 1st, 1927 (January 01 1927)BirthVernon L. Smith, American economist, winner
January 1st, 1926 (January 01 1926)BirthRichard Verreau, French-Canadian tenor (died in 2005)
January 1st, 1925 (January 01 1925)EventThe American astronomer Edwin Hubble announces the discovery of galaxies outside the Milky Way.
January 1st, 1925 (January 01 1925)BirthMatthew "Stymie" Beard, American actor (died in 1981)
January 1st, 1925 (January 01 1925)BirthValentina Cortese, Italian actress
January 1st, 1925 (January 01 1925)BirthRaymond Pellegrin, French actor
January 1st, 1923 (January 01 1923)EventBritain s Railways are grouped into the Big Four: LNER, GWR, SR, and LMSR.
January 1st, 1923 (January 01 1923)BirthDaniel Gorenstein, American mathematician (died in 1992)
January 1st, 1923 (January 01 1923)BirthMilt Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (died in 1999)
January 1st, 1922 (January 01 1922)EventThe Greek Constitution of 1822 is adopted by the First National Assembly of Epidaurus.
January 1st, 1922 (January 01 1922)BirthRocky Graziano, American boxer (died in 1990)
January 1st, 1922 (January 01 1922)BirthErnest Hollings, American politician
January 1st, 1921 (January 01 1921)BirthIsmail al-Faruqi, Palestinian philosopher (died in 1986) Philo Quotes
January 1st, 1921 (January 01 1921)DeathTheobald von Bethmann Hollweg, Chancellor of Germany (born in 1856)
January 1st, 1920 (January 01 1920)EventThe Belorussian Communist Organisation is founded as a separate party.
January 1st, 1920 (January 01 1920)BirthVirgilio Savona, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra) Virgil Quotes
January 1st, 1919 (January 01 1919)EventEdsel Ford succeeds his father, Henry Ford, as president of the Ford Motor Company.Henry Ford Quotes
January 1st, 1919 (January 01 1919)BirthCarole Landis, American film actress (died in 1948)
January 1st, 1919 (January 01 1919)BirthJ. D. Salinger, American novelistJ. D. Salinger Quotes
January 1st, 1919 (January 01 1919)DeathMikhail Drozdovsky, Russian general (born in 1881)
January 1st, 1918 (January 01 1918)BirthPatrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish Victoria Cross recipient (died in 2000)
January 1st, 1917 (January 01 1917)BirthJule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (died in 1981)
January 1st, 1917 (January 01 1917)BirthAlbert Mol, Dutch actor (died in 2004)
January 1st, 1916 (January 01 1916)EventGerman troops abandon Yaounde and their Kamerun colony to British forces and begin the long march to Spanish Guinea.
January 1st, 1914 (January 01 1914)BirthNoor Inayat Khan, Indian princess and SOE agent (died in 1944)
January 1st, 1912 (January 01 1912)EventThe Republic of China is established.
January 1st, 1912 (January 01 1912)BirthKim Philby, British spy (died in 1988)
January 1st, 1912 (January 01 1912)BirthBoris Vladimirovich Gnedenko, Russian mathematician (died in 1995)
January 1st, 1911 (January 01 1911)EventNorthern Territory is separated from South Australia and transferred to Commonwealth control.
January 1st, 1911 (January 01 1911)BirthBasil Dearden, British film director (died in 1971)
January 1st, 1911 (January 01 1911)BirthHank Greenberg, American baseball player (died in 1986)
January 1st, 1910 (January 01 1910)EventCaptain David Beatty is promoted to Rear Admiral, and becomes the youngest admiral in the Royal Navy (except for Royal family members), since Horatio Nelson.Horatio Nelson Quotes
January 1st, 1909 (January 01 1909)EventDrilling begins on the Lakeview Gusher.
January 1st, 1909 (January 01 1909)BirthStepan Bandera, Ukrainian nationalist leader (died in 1959)
January 1st, 1909 (January 01 1909)BirthDana Andrews, American actor (died in 1992)
January 1st, 1909 (January 01 1909)BirthBarry Goldwater, American politician (died in 1998)Barry Goldwater Quotes
January 1st, 1908 (January 01 1908)EventFor the first time, a ball is dropped in New York City s Times Square to signify the start of the New Year at midnight.
January 1st, 1906 (January 01 1906)EventBritish India officially adopts the Indian Standard Time.
January 1st, 1906 (January 01 1906)BirthGiovanni D Anzi, Italian songwriter (died in 1974)
January 1st, 1906 (January 01 1906)DeathSir Hugh Nelson, Premier of Queensland (born in 1835)
January 1st, 1905 (January 01 1905)BirthStanislaw Mazur, Polish mathematician (died in 1981)
January 1st, 1905 (January 01 1905)BirthKamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (died in 1985)
January 1st, 1904 (January 01 1904)BirthFazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician (died in 1982)
January 1st, 1904 (January 01 1904)BirthEthan Allen, American baseball player (died in 1993)
January 1st, 1902 (January 01 1902)EventThe first American college football bowl game, the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Stanford, is held in Pasadena.
January 1st, 1902 (January 01 1902)BirthBuster Nupen, South African cricketer (died in 1977)
January 1st, 1901 (January 01 1901)EventNigeria becomes a British protectorate.
January 1st, 1901 (January 01 1901)EventThe British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia federate as the Commonwealth of Australia; Edmund Barton is appointed the first Prime Minister.
January 1st, 1900 (January 01 1900)BirthChiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (died in 1986)
January 1st, 1900 (January 01 1900)BirthXavier Cugat, Spanish musician (died in 1990)
January 1st, 1899 (January 01 1899)EventSpanish rule ends in Cuba.
January 1st, 1898 (January 01 1898)EventNew York City annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of Greater New York. The four initial boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and The Bronx, are joined on January 25 by Staten Island to create the modern city of five boroughs.
January 1st, 1896 (January 01 1896)DeathAlfred Ely Beach, American inventor (born in 1826)
January 1st, 1895 (January 01 1895)BirthJ. Edgar Hoover, American FBI director (died in 1972)
January 1st, 1894 (January 01 1894)EventThe Manchester Ship Canal, England, is officially opened to traffic.
January 1st, 1894 (January 01 1894)BirthSatyendra Nath Bose, Bengali mathematician (died in 1974)
January 1st, 1894 (January 01 1894)BirthShitsu Nakano, Japanese supercentenarian (died in 2007)
January 1st, 1894 (January 01 1894)DeathHeinrich Rudolf Hertz, German physicist (born in 1857)
January 1st, 1893 (January 01 1893)EventJapan begins using the Gregorian calendar.
January 1st, 1892 (January 01 1892)EventEllis Island opens to begin processing immigrants into the United States.
January 1st, 1892 (January 01 1892)BirthManuel Roxas, Philippino politician (died in 1948)
January 1st, 1892 (January 01 1892)BirthArtur Rodzinski, Croatian conductor (died in 1958)
January 1st, 1892 (January 01 1892)DeathRoswell B. Mason, Mayor of Chicago (born in 1805)
January 1st, 1890 (January 01 1890)EventEritrea is consolidated into a colony by the Italian government.
January 1st, 1890 (January 01 1890)BirthAnton Melik, Slovenian geographer (died in 1966)
January 1st, 1889 (January 01 1889)BirthCharles Bickford, American film actor (died in 1967)
January 1st, 1888 (January 01 1888)BirthJohn Garand, American inventor (died in 1974)
January 1st, 1887 (January 01 1887)BirthWilhelm Canaris, German admiral (died in 1945)Wilhelm Canaris Quotes
January 1st, 1881 (January 01 1881)BirthVajiravudh, King of Thailand (died in 1925)
January 1st, 1881 (January 01 1881)DeathLouis Auguste Blanqui, French political activist (born in 1805)
January 1st, 1880 (January 01 1880)EventFerdinand de Lesseps begins French construction of the Panama Canal.
January 1st, 1879 (January 01 1879)BirthWilliam Fox, Hungarian-born American film producer (died in 1952)William Hung Quotes
January 1st, 1879 (January 01 1879)BirthE. M. Forster, English novelist (died in 1970)E. M. Forster Quotes
January 1st, 1878 (January 01 1878)BirthAgner Krarup Erlang, Danish scientist and engineer (died in 1929)
January 1st, 1877 (January 01 1877)EventQueen Victoria of Britain is proclaimed Empress of India.
January 1st, 1876 (January 01 1876)EventThe Reichsbank opens in Berlin.
January 1st, 1876 (January 01 1876)BirthHarriet Brooks, Canadian physicist (died in 1933)
January 1st, 1874 (January 01 1874)BirthGustave Whitehead, German inventor (died in 1927)
January 1st, 1874 (January 01 1874)BirthFrank Knox, American Secretary of the Navy (died in 1944)
January 1st, 1873 (January 01 1873)BirthMariano Azuela, Mexican novelist (died in 1952)
January 1st, 1869 (January 01 1869)DeathMartin W. Bates, American politician (born in 1786)
January 1st, 1868 (January 01 1868)BirthSnitz Edwards, American actor (died in 1937)
January 1st, 1864 (January 01 1864)BirthAlfred Stieglitz, American photographer (died in 1946)
January 1st, 1864 (January 01 1864)BirthQi Baishi, Chinese painter (died in 1957)
January 1st, 1863 (January 01 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: The Emancipation Proclamation takes effect in Confederate territory.
January 1st, 1863 (January 01 1863)EventThe first claim under the Homestead Act is made by Daniel Freeman for a farm in Nebraska.
January 1st, 1863 (January 01 1863)BirthPierre de Coubertin, French organizer of the Olympic Games (died in 1937)
January 1st, 1862 (January 01 1862)DeathMikhail Vasilievich Ostrogradsky, Russian physicist (born in 1801)
January 1st, 1861 (January 01 1861)EventPorfirio Diaz conquers Mexico City.
January 1st, 1854 (January 01 1854)BirthSir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (died in 1941)James Frazer Quotes
January 1st, 1853 (January 01 1853)DeathGregory Blaxland, Australian explorer (born in 1778)
January 1st, 1852 (January 01 1852)BirthEugene-Anatole Demarcay, French chemist (died in 1904)
January 1st, 1848 (January 01 1848)BirthJohn Goff, Irish lawyer (died in 1924)
January 1st, 1845 (January 01 1845)EventThe Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn is completed.
January 1st, 1834 (January 01 1834)BirthLudovic Halevy, French playwright (died in 1908)
January 1st, 1833 (January 01 1833)EventThe United Kingdom claims sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.
January 1st, 1833 (January 01 1833)BirthRobert Lawson, New Zealand architect (died in 1902)
January 1st, 1823 (January 01 1823)BirthSandor Petofi, Hungarian poet and revolutionary (died in 1849)
January 1st, 1819 (January 01 1819)BirthArthur Hugh Clough, English poet (died in 1861)Arthur Hugh Clough Quotes
January 1st, 1817 (January 01 1817)DeathMartin Heinrich Klaproth, German chemist (born in 1743)
January 1st, 1814 (January 01 1814)BirthHong Xiuquan, Chinese rebel (died in 1864)
January 1st, 1808 (January 01 1808)EventThe importation of slaves into the United States is banned.
January 1st, 1806 (January 01 1806)EventThe French Republican Calendar is abolished.
January 1st, 1804 (January 01 1804)EventFrench rule ends in Haiti. Haiti becomes the first black republic and first independent country in the West Indies.
January 1st, 1803 (January 01 1803)EventEmperor Gia Long orders all bronze wares of the Tay Son Dynasty to be collected and melted into nine cannons for the Royal Citadel in Hu?, Vietnam.
January 1st, 1803 (January 01 1803)BirthGuglielmo Libri Carucci dalla Sommaja, Italian mathematician (died in 1869)
January 1st, 1801 (January 01 1801)EventThe legislative union of Kingdom of Great Britain and Kingdom of Ireland is completed to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
January 1st, 1801 (January 01 1801)EventThe dwarf planet Ceres is discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi.
January 1st, 1800 (January 01 1800)EventThe Dutch East India Company is dissolved.
January 1st, 1800 (January 01 1800)DeathLouis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, French naturalist (born in 1716)
January 1st, 1797 (January 01 1797)EventAlbany replaces Kingston as the capital of New York State.
January 1st, 1796 (January 01 1796)DeathAlexandre-Theophile Vandermonde, French mathematician (born in 1735)
January 1st, 1793 (January 01 1793)DeathFrancesco Guardi, Venetian painter (born in 1712)
January 1st, 1789 (January 01 1789)DeathFletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English politician (born in 1716)
January 1st, 1788 (January 01 1788)EventFirst edition of The Times of London, previously The Daily Universal Register, is published.
January 1st, 1782 (January 01 1782)DeathJohann Christian Bach, German composer (born in 1735)
January 1st, 1781 (January 01 1781)Event1,500 soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne s command rebel against the Continental Army s winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey as part of the Pennsylvania (Continentals; Regiment) Mutiny of 1781.
January 1st, 1779 (January 01 1779)BirthWilliam Clowes, English printer (died in 1847)
January 1st, 1774 (January 01 1774)BirthAndre Marie Constant Dumeril, French zoologist (died in 1860)
January 1st, 1772 (January 01 1772)EventThe first traveler s cheques, which can be used in 90 European cities, go on sale in London.
January 1st, 1767 (January 01 1767)BirthMaria Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish novelist (died in 1849)
January 1st, 1766 (January 01 1766)DeathJames Francis Edward Stuart, "The Old Pretender" (born in 1688)
January 1st, 1759 (January 01 1759)DeathJacques-Joachim Trotti, marquis de La Chetardie, French adventurer (born in 1705)
January 1st, 1752 (January 01 1752)BirthBetsy Ross, American seamstress (died in 1836)
January 1st, 1750 (January 01 1750)BirthFrederick Muhlenberg, American statesman (died in 1801)
January 1st, 1748 (January 01 1748)DeathJohann Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (born in 1667)
January 1st, 1745 (January 01 1745)BirthAnthony Wayne, American general and statesman (died in 1796)
January 1st, 1742 (January 01 1742)DeathPeregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (born in 1686)
January 1st, 1739 (January 01 1739)EventBouvet Island is discovered by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier.
January 1st, 1735 (January 01 1735)BirthPaul Revere, American patriot (died in 1818)
January 1st, 1730 (January 01 1730)DeathSamuel Sewall, English judge (born in 1652)
January 1st, 1716 (January 01 1716)DeathWilliam Wycherley, English dramatist (born in 1640)William Wycherley Quotes
January 1st, 1714 (January 01 1714)BirthKristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian poet (died in 1780)
January 1st, 1711 (January 01 1711)BirthFranz Freiherr von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (died in 1749)
January 1st, 1707 (January 01 1707)EventJohn V is crowned King of Portugal.
January 1st, 1704 (January 01 1704)BirthSoame Jenyns, English writer (died in 1787)
January 1st, 1700 (January 01 1700)EventRussia begins using the Anno Domini era and no longer uses the Anno Mundi era of the Byzantine Empire.
January 1st, 1697 (January 01 1697)DeathFilippo Baldinucci, Florentine biographer/historian (born in 1624)
January 1st, 1684 (January 01 1684)BirthArnold Drakenborch, Dutch classical scholar (died in 1748)
January 1st, 1673 (January 01 1673)EventRegular mail service begins between New York and Boston.
January 1st, 1655 (January 01 1655)BirthChristian Thomasius, German jurist (died in 1728)
January 1st, 1651 (January 01 1651)EventCharles II is crowned King of Scotland.
January 1st, 1648 (January 01 1648)BirthElkanah Settle, English writer (died in 1724)
January 1st, 1638 (January 01 1638)BirthEmperor Go-Sai of Japan (died in 1685)
January 1st, 1631 (January 01 1631)DeathThomas Hobson, the "Cambridge Carrier", eponym of Hobson s Choice (born in 1544)
January 1st, 1618 (January 01 1618)Birthbaptised Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Spanish painter (died in 1682)
January 1st, 1617 (January 01 1617)DeathHendrik Goltzius, Dutch painter (born in 1558)
January 1st, 1614 (January 01 1614)BirthJohn Wilkins, English Bishop of Chester (died in 1672)
January 1st, 1600 (January 01 1600)EventScotland begins its numbered year on January 1 instead of 25 March.
January 1st, 1600 (January 01 1600)BirthFriedrich Spanheim, Dutch theologian (died in 1649)
January 1st, 1560 (January 01 1560)DeathJoachim du Bellay, French poet (born in 1522)
January 1st, 1559 (January 01 1559)DeathChristian III of Denmark and Norway (born in 1503)
January 1st, 1557 (January 01 1557)BirthIstvan Bocskay, Prince of Transylvania (died in 1606)
January 1st, 1554 (January 01 1554)DeathPedro de Valdivia, Spanish conquistador (born in 1500)
January 1st, 1527 (January 01 1527)EventCroatian nobles elect Ferdinand I of Austria as king of Croatia in the Parliament on Cetin.
January 1st, 1516 (January 01 1516)BirthMargaret Leijonhufvud, Queen of Gustav I of Sweden (died in 1551)
January 1st, 1515 (January 01 1515)EventKing Francis I of France succeeds to the French throne.
January 1st, 1515 (January 01 1515)DeathKing Louis XII of France (born in 1462)
January 1st, 1511 (January 01 1511)BirthHenry, Duke of Cornwall (died in 1511)
January 1st, 1484 (January 01 1484)BirthHuldrych Zwingli, Swiss Protestant leader (died in 1531)
January 1st, 1467 (January 01 1467)BirthSigismund I the Old, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (died in 1548)
January 1st, 1449 (January 01 1449)BirthLorenzo de Medici, Italian statesman (died in 1492)
January 1st, 1438 (January 01 1438)EventAlbert II of Habsburg is crowned King of Hungary.
January 1st, 1431 (January 01 1431)BirthPope Alexander VI (died in 1503)Alexander Pope Quotes
January 1st, 1387 (January 01 1387)DeathKing Charles II of Navarre (born in 1332)
January 1st, 1259 (January 01 1259)EventMichael VIII Palaiologos is proclaimed co-emperor of the Empire of Nicaea with his ward John IV Laskaris.
January 1st, 1204 (January 01 1204)DeathKing Haakon III of Norway (c. 1170)
January 1st, 1001 (January 01 1001)EventGrand Prince Stephen I of Hungary is named the first King of Hungary by Pope Silvester II.Stephen King Quotes
January 1st, 0962 (January 01 0962)DeathBaldwin III, Count of Flanders (c. 940)
January 1st, 0898 (January 01 0898)DeathOdo, Count of Paris (born in 860)
January 1st, 0874 (January 01 0874)DeathHasan al-Askari, eleventh Shia Imam (born in 846)
January 1st, 0766 (January 01 0766)BirthAli al-Rida, Shia Imam (died in 818)
January 1st, 0630 (January 01 0630)EventThe Prophet Muhammad sets out toward Mecca with the army that captures it bloodlessly.
January 1st, 0404 (January 01 0404)EventThe last known gladiatorial competition in Rome takes place.
January 1st, 0404 (January 01 0404)DeathSaint Telemachus
January 1st, 0379 (January 01 0379)DeathSaint Basil of Caesarea (born in 330)
January 1st, 0153 (January 01 0153)EventRoman consuls begin their year in office.

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