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History for January 1:

Events:
1772 - First traveller's checks are issued in London.
1804 - Haiti gains its independence.
1863 - Emancipation Proclamation issued by Lincoln.
1892 - Brooklyn merged with New York to form present City of New York.
1892 - Ellis Island became the reception center for new immigrants.
1902 - First Rose Bowl game held in Pasadena, California.
1912 - First running of San Francisco's famed "Bay to Breakers" race.
1913 - Post office begins parcel post deliveries
1934 - Alcatraz Island officially becomes a Federal Prison.
1934 - Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (US bank guarantees) first become effective.
1936 - First newspaper to microfilm its current issues, NY Herald Tribune
1948 - First newsreel in color, Pasadena, California
1954 - The Rose and Cotton Bowl are the first sport colorcasts
1956 - Sudan gains its independence.
1958 - European Economic Community (EEC) starts operation.
1962 - Beatles Decca audition
1971 - Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
1984 - AT&T broken up into 8 companies.

Birthdays: 1735 - Paul Revere, US patriot. "The British are coming!"
1745 - General Anthony Wayne, military leader ("Mad Anthony")
1752 - Betsy Ross, American flagmaker
1895 - J. Edgar Hoover, Mr FBI
1900 - Xavier Cugat, bandleader
1909 - Barry Goldwater, U.S. Senator
1909 - Dana Andrews, Actor
1909 - John Glenn, astronaut
1911 - Hank Greenberg - Detroit Tiger Hall of Famer
1919 - Carole Landis
1919 - J. D. Salinger, author of 'Catcher in the Rye.'

Let's not forget it's also:

The feast of St. Benedict Bobures
The feast of St. Basil

Circumcision Day (Protestant)

193 CE -- Pertinax was chosen as the Roman Emperor.
1515 -- King Luois XII of France died.
1527 -- Ferdinand of Austria elected king of Ctroatia.
1596 -- [The first Dutch landed on Sumatra.
1713 -- The Battle of Agra (India).
1776 -- The first US flag ("The Great Union")displayed.
1788 -- The Times of LOndon first appeared under that name.
1801 -- Ceres, the first asteroid is discovered.
1808 -- Importation of slaves into the United States prohibited.
1822 -- Greece adopted it's national flag.
1879 -- E.M. Forster Born.
1909 -- Australia became a commonwealth.
1912 -- China became a Republic.
1927 -- The BBC founded.
1944 -- Syria became a Republic.
1959 -- Castro assumed power in Cuba
1962 -- Independance given to Western Samoa.

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