Daily Facts - January 1
ar-Rida, Shia Imam (d.
Pope Alexander VI (d.
Lorenzo de Medici, Italian statesman (d.
Huldrych Zwingli, Swiss Protestant leader (d.
Margareta Leijonhufvud, queen of
Gustav I of Sweden (d.
Stephen Bocskay, Prince of Transylvania (d.
Friedrich Spanheim, Dutch theologian (d.
Wilkins, English Bishop of Chester (d.
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish painter (d.
Emperor Go-Sai of Japan (d.
Elkanah Settle, English writer (d.
Christian Thomasius, German jurist (d.
Arnold Drakenborch, Dutch classical scholar (d.
Jenyns, English writer (d.
Franz Freiherr von der Trenck, Austrian soldier (d.
Kristijonas Donelaitis, Lithuanian poet (d.
Revere, American silversmith and patriot (d.
Frederick Muhlenberg, 1st
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (d.
Ross, American seamstress (d.
André Marie Constant Duméril, French zoologist (d.
Sándor Petőfi, Hungarian poet and revolutionary (d.
Robert Lawson, New Zealand architect (d.
Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (d.
George Washington Carver, American educator, inventor, and botanist (d.
Pierre de Coubertin, French initiator of the modern Olympic Games (d.
Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer (d.
Snitz Edwards, American actor (d.
Mariano Azuela, Mexican novelist (d.
Gustave Whitehead, German-born inventor (d.
Knox, Former Secretary of the Navy and vice presidential candidate (d.
Harriet Brooks, Canadian physicist (d.
M. Forster, English novelist (d.
King of Thailand (d.
Gabrielle Chanel, French Designer (d.
Wilhelm Canaris, German admiral (d.
Melik, Slovenian geographer (d.
Artur Rodzinski, Croatian conductor (d.
Satyendra Nath Bose, Indian mathematician (d.
J. Edgar Hoover, American Federal Bureau of Investigation director (d.
Xavier Cugat, Catalan-born musician, bandleader (d.
Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the
World War II (d. 1986)
Buster Nupen, South African cricketer (d.
Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician (d.
Giovanni D'Anzi, Italian songwriter (d.
Andrews, American actor (d.
Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and Presidential candidate
Hank Greenberg, baseball player (d.
Philby, British spy (d.
Jule Gregory Charney, meteorologist (d.
Mol, Dutch actor (d.
Patrick Anthony Porteous, Scottish recipient of the
Victoria Cross (d.
J. D. Salinger, American novelist
Virgilio Savona, Italian singer and songwriter (Quartetto
Isma'il Raji' al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher and comparative
religion scholar (d.
Rocky Graziano, American boxer (d.
Stymie Beard, American actor (d.
Vernon L. Smith, American economist, recipient of the
Bank of Sweden Prize
Walker, American football star (d.
Ernest Tidyman, American writer (d.
Frederick Lowy, Canadian medical educator, ethicist, and university
Joe Orton, English writer (d.
Robert Jankel, British coachbuilder (d.
Frank Langella American actor
Martin Frost, American politician
Country Joe McDonald, American musician (Country
Joe and the Fish)
Gennadi Sarafanov, cosmonaut
Novello, American actor, comedian, and writer
Ickx, Belgian race car driver
Brazilian football player
Corzine, American politician
Pavel Grachev, Russian general
Ashfaq Hussain, Urdu poet
Greg Carmichael, British guitarist
Robert Menendez, American politician
Mark R. Hughes, an American enterpeneur and a fouder of
Guzmán, Puerto Rican actor
Grandmaster Flash, Barbados-born musician
Azali Assoumani, Comorese president
Adelaide Ferreira, Portuguese singer
Wingett, British actor
Dedee Pfeiffer, American actress
Burke, Australian politician
Embeth Davidtz, American actress
Derrick Thomas, American football player (d.
uker, Croatian footballer
Troyer, American actor
Nate Dogg, American rapper
Gabriel Jarret, American actor
Neve McIntosh, Scottish actress
Cannon, American soccer player
Robert Westerholt, Dutch guitarist (Within
Hasan Salihamidić, Bosnian footballer
Fogle, American personality
Phillip Mulryne, Northern Irish footballer
Paramahamsa Sri Nithyananda, Indian spiritual guru
Dalle, Australian singer (The
Koichi Domoto, Japanese artist
Elin Nordegren, Swedish model
Nils-Eric Johansson, Swedish footballer
Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian race car driver
Abdulkadir Kocak, Turkish boxer
David Nalbandian, Argentinian tennis player
Jose Paolo Guerrero, Peruvian football player
Steven Davis, Irish footballer
Martin Leung, Canadian trombone player
Gibbs, American actress
Deaths379 - Saint
Basil of Caesarea (b.
Hasan al-Askari, eleventh Shia Imam (b.
Odo, Count of Paris (b.
1204 - King
Haakon III of Norway
1384 - King
Charles II of Navarre (b.
1515 - King
Louis XII of France (b.
Pedro de Valdivia, Spanish conquistador
Christian III of Denmark and Norway (b.
Joachim Du Bellay, French poet
Hendrik Goltzius, Dutch painter (b.
William Wycherley, English dramatist
Samuel Sewall, English-born judge (b.
Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (b.
Johann Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b.
Jacques-Joachim Trotti, marquis de La Chétardie, French adventurer (b.
James Francis Edward Stuart, "The Old Pretender" (b.
Johann Christian Bach, German composer (b.
Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English politician (b.
Francesco Guardi, Venetian painter (b.
Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, French naturalist (b.
Martin Heinrich Klaproth, German chemist (b.
Mikhail Vasilievich Ostrogradsky, Russian physicist (b.
Martin W. Bates, U.S. Senator from Delaware (b.
Roswell B. Mason, Mayor of Chicago (b.
Heinrich Hertz, German physicist (b.
Pyotr Nikolaevich Lebedev, Russian phsyicist (b.
Mikhail Drozdovsky, Russian general (b.
Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg,
Chancellor of Germany (b.
Martinus Beijerinck, Dutch microbiologist and botanist (b.
Harriet Brooks, Canadian physicist (b.
Charles Turner, Australian cricketer (b.
Hank Williams, American singer (b.
Edward Weston, American photographer (b.
Margaret Sullavan, American actress (b.
Bechara El Khoury,
President of Lebanon (b.
Maurice Chevalier, French actor and singer (b.
Beulah Bondi, American actress (b.
Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (b.
Hopper, American computer pioneer (b.
1994 - Lord
Arthur Espie Porritt, Governor-General of New Zealand (b.
Romero, American actor (b.
British serial killer (suicide) (b.
Eugene Wigner, Hungarian physicist,
Nobel Prize laureate (b.
Arleigh Burke, U.S. admiral (b.
Townes Van Zandt, American musician (b.
Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (b.
Colin Vaughan, Australian-born political journalist in Canada
Walston, American actor (b.
American politician and fighter pilot (b.
Shirley Chisholm, U.S. Congresswoman (b.
Hugh John Frederick Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham, British newspaperman and
politician (b. 1931)
Matsui, U.S. Congressman (b.
Harry Magdoff, American magazine editor (b.
Bryan Harvey, American musician (b.
Phillip Whitehead, British politician and television producer (b.
Many countries around the world using
Gregorian Calendar -
New Year's Day; often celebrated at 0:01 with
Last day of
Public Domain Day in many countries. This is the day on which
expire and works are put into the
World Day for Prayer for Peace
Z Day - People with last names beginning with the letter Z get to go first
Christmas (and eighth night of same) in Western
Feast of the Circumcision (Old calendar).
Holy Day of Obligation in many countries. Final Day of Octave of
Mary, Mother of God (New calendar).
National Migration Week begins (varying official support by the office of
U.S. President, not strictly religious)
First day of New Year Public Holiday (the second being January 2nd). Most
shops and businesses closed on this day.
Establishment of Slovak Republic.
Republic of China.
United States -
Bonza Bottler Day.
New Years Day Parade in London, United Kingdom.
Vienna New Year's Concert
Pasadena, California - The
Tournament of Roses parade and, traditionally, the
Rose Bowl football championship.
Events45 BC - The
Julian calendar first takes effect.
404 - Last
gladiator competition in
Rome takes place.
Muhammad sets out toward
Mecca with the
army that will capture it bloodlessly.
Rus' adopts the
Michael VIII Palaeologus proclaimed co-emperor of the
Empire of Nicaea with his ward
John IV Lascaris.
Albert II of Habsburg is crowned King of
begins using the
Charles II crowned King of
Regular mail delivery begins between
John V is crowned King of
Bouvet Island is discovered by
Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier.
1788 - First
previously The Daily Universal Register, is published.
York City as the capital of
Legislative union of
Kingdom of Great Britain and
Kingdom of Ireland is completed to form the
1801 - The first known
1 Ceres, is
ends in Haiti.
slaves into the
United States is banned.
Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus is published.
Porfirio Diaz conquers
American Civil War: The
Emancipation Proclamation takes effect in
1863 - The first claim under the
Homestead Act is made by
Daniel Freeman for a farm in
Midland Railway abolishes Second Class passenger facilities, leaving First
Class and Third Class. Other British Railway companies followed Midland's lead
during the rest of the year. (Third Class was renamed Second Class in
Ferdinand de Lesseps begins
construction of the
Queen Victoria was proclaimed empress of
1889 - The
Tournament of Roses is held in
Island opens to begin accepting immigrants to the
1894 - The
Manchester Ship Canal,
was officially opened to traffic.
York City annexes land from surrounding counties, creating the City of
Greater New York. The four initial boroughs,
are joined on
Staten Island to create the modern city of five boroughs.
ends in Cuba.
1901 - The British colonies of
New South Wales,
federate as the
Commonwealth of Australia;
Edmund Barton is appointed the first
1901 - The first official
Mummers Parade is held.
1902 - The
Rose Bowl game is played in
1908 - For
the first time, a ball is dropped in
Square to signify the start of the
Drilling began on the
Northern Territory is separated from
South Australia and transferred to Commonwealth control.
1912 - The
Republic of China is established.
Yaoundé and their
British forces and begin the long march to
Alcatraz Island becomes a
U.S. federal prison.
Germany passes the "Law
for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring".
Bucknell University wins the first
Orange Bowl 26-0 over the
University of Miami.
1937 - The first
Cotton Bowl game is played in
1939 - The
Vienna New Year's Concert is first held.
1942 - The
Declaration by the United Nations is signed by twenty-six nations.
British railways are
nationalised to form
1948 - After partition,
to pay the agreed share of Rs.550 million in cash balances to
UN Cease-fire orders
to operate in
Kashmir from one minute before midnight. War between
1956 - The
Republic of the
Sudan achieves independence from the
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
1958 - The
European Community is established.
named after this date must be named in a modern language, not in