The Brighter Side of History - January 1

New Year's Day - The most celebrated holiday around the world.

4713 BC Julian calendar begins at Greenwich mean noon More ...
0404 Last gladiator competition in Rome More ...
1502 Portuguese explorers landed at Guanabara Bay on the coast of South America More ...
1660 Samuel Pepys begins his famous diary which he chronicled life in London More ...
1673 Regular mail delivery begins between New York & Boston More ...
1772 First traveler's checks issued (London) More ...
1776 During the American Revolution, George Washington unveils the Grand Union Flag More ...
1785 "Daily Universal Register" (Times of London) publishes first issue More ...
1797 Albany replaces New York City as capital of NY More ...
1801 Ireland was added to Great Britain by Act of Union More ...
1801 Giuseppe Piazzi discoved first asteroid later named Ceres More ...
1808 Congress prohibits importation of slaves More ...
1831 William Lloyd Garrison publishes first issue of abolitionist journal More ...
1840 First recorded bowling match in US, Knickerbocker Alleys, New York City, NY More ...
1852 First US public bath opens in New York City, NY More ...
1853 First practical fire engine (horse-drawn) in US enters service More ...
1862 First US income tax (3% of incomes > $600, 5% of incomes > $10,000) More ...
1863 Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln More ...
1874 New York City annexes the Bronx More ...
1880 Building of Panamá Canal, begins More ...
1881 Dr John H Watson is introduced to Sherlock Holmes More ...
1890 First Tournament of Roses, Pasadena, CA More ...
1892 Ellis Island became reception center for new immigrants More ...
1896 Wilhelm Röntgen announces his discovery of x-rays More ...
1897 First football game between black colleges-Atlanta University 10, Tuskegee 0
1898 Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island consolidated into NYC More ...
1899 Cuba liberated from Spain by US (National Day) More ...
1901 The Commonwealth of Australia founded More ...
1902 First Rose Bowl game (Pasadena CA) - University of Michigan 49, Stanford 0 More ...
1903 Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to US More ...
1906 Dutch law makes driver's license mandatory
1907 President Theodore Roosevelt shakes a record 8,513 hands in 1 day More ...
1908 First time, ball signifying new year dropped at Times Square More ...
1909 Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4)
1912 First running of SF's famed "Bay to Breakers" race (7.63 miles) More ...
1913 Post office begins parcel post deliveries More ...
1914 First scheduled airline flight, St Petersburg-Tampa (Tony Jannus pilot) More ...
1916 First football game in Rose Bowl (Washington State-Brown) More ...
1922 Vancouver BC starts driving on the right side of road
1924 Frank B. Cooney of Minneapolis, Minnesota patents ink paste More ...
1925 Norway's capital Christiania changes name to Oslo More ...
1928 First US air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio More ...
1929 Roy Riegels runs 60 yards the wrong way with Rose Bowl fumble recovery More ...
1930 One of radio’s first comedy programs, "The Cuckoo Hour" debuts on the NBC-Blue Network More ...
1934 Alcatraz officially becomes a federal prison More ...
1934 Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (US bank guarantor) effective More ...
1935 First Sugar Bowl & first Orange Bowl More ...
1935 Associated Press inaugurates Wirephoto More ...
1935 Eastern Airlines hires Eddie Rickenbacker as GM More ...
1936 First newspaper to microfilm its current issues, New York Herald Tribune More ...
1942 Twenty six countries signed the Declaration of the United Nations More ...
1942 Rose Bowl played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat More ...
1944 First feature-length foreign movie, African Journey, shown on TV, New York City, NY
1946 ENIAC, US first computer finished by Mauchly/Eckert More ...
1948 First color newsreel filmed, Pasadena CA More ...
1950 "Rudolph, The Red-nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autrey topped the charts More ...
1954 Rose & Cotton Bowl are first sport colorcasts More ...
1955 "Let Me Go Lover" by Joan Weber topped the charts More ...
1958 The EEC (European Economic Community) known as the Common Market forms More ...
1958 BOAC Britannia flies London to New York in a record 7hours 57minutes
1959 Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba driving out dictator Fulgencio Batista More ...
1961 Houston Oilers beat Los Angeles Chargers 24-16 in AFL championship game
1962 Beatles Decca audition More ...
1966 "The Sounds of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel topped the charts More ...
1966 US cigarette packs have to carry "Caution Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health" More ...
1968 Daredevil Evel Knievel loses control of his motorcycle over Caesar’s Palace ornamental fountains More ...
1972 International Book Year
1972 "Brand New Key" by Melanie topped the charts More ...
1973 Britain, Ireland and Denmark became members of the Common Market (EEC) More ...
1976 NBC replaces the peacock logo More ...
1976 Potheads alter the "HOLLYWOOD" sign to read "HOLLYWEED" More ...
1977 "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" by Rod Stewart topped the charts More ...
1978 President Ford signs first major revision of copyright law since 1909 More ...
1979 China and the U.S. established diplomatic relations More ...
1979 International Year of the Child More ...
1983 "Maneater" by Daryl Hall & John Oates topped the charts More ...
1992 The ESPN Radio Network debuted More ...
1993 Czechoslovakia broke into separate Czech and Slovak republics More ...
1994 The North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect More ...
1995 Last "Far Side" by cartoonist Gary Larson (started 1980) More ...
1999 Eleven European nations began using the Euro More ...